Imagine running on maaaaybe a solid 10-12 hours of sleep in 72 hours, that painfully forced smile, pouring your heart, soul, and (a lot) of money into this, standing on a stage next to incredible people you’ve become so close to in such a small amount of time, etc. You’ve been working, busting your ass and prepping for this moment for months and months…and months. Maybe you even see your family in the audience, waving to you. Some sentimental songs starts playing and the tension is so palpable, you can feel everyone holding their breath. And then, they say your name. You. YOUR name. Those winning reactions you see are some of the most honest human moments. And I love them because they are so raw and real. When I won, I was shocked, and kept doing this weird half cry/half laugh thing. It looks really weird. But super real. And something I will always remember.