There are many people you meet daily. Some say hello in passing, others are strangers or customers, and then there are the people that were put in your life for a reason. When I was younger I kept to the same set of friends and didn't like to welcome change into my life. That was forced to change several years ago.
When I lived in New Paltz and Poughkeepsie, I worked in an environment that I was very familiar with; a video store. I met a lot of interesting people through the years. Some were related to friends from my past, others I had romantic feelings for, some became my confidants, but a select few became very close to me.
One in particular was a musician who had great aspirations to make it big and help others along the way. We bonded over work and that we both watched pro wrestling. He became one of my favorite people to work with. We would crack jokes all night as we waited on the horrible and sometimes highly amusing customers of Poughkeepsie. We talked a lot about my first novel the Phoenix Blade and his music. Towards the end of my time in that store, he told me about how he wanted to dabble in acting. I thought this was a great chance for him and could lead to more possibilites.
When I moved back to Long Island, I lost touch with a lot of people and he was included in that. It was something I didn't want to happen, but most people know that's what happens when you move away from your friends. Thanks to social networking and social media, we were able to continue our friendship even from a 2-3 hour drive away.
Last year he told me about an idea he had. He met a lot of interesting people over the last couple of years who are musicians, writers, make up artists, actors, and producers that haven't necessarily had a chance to be recognized or have been recognized and wanted to help others who may be interested in taking up a career in that field. I thought it was a great idea and supported him every step of the way. He has truly embodied the spirit of being kind to others and shedding light on all types of artists. For that I applaud you Anthony and am happy our paths run parallel to very similar goals.
Here are a few links to his podcasts. I strongly recommend you listen.