Hello Darren Criss and CelebBuzz,
I couldn't find a giveaway date, but I hope I made it before the deadline. Here goes!
If I were to speak with Darren, I would thank him for carrying himself with genuine passion. I haven't met him; I've only watched Glee, as well as live performances and interviews from youtube. Even through these usually impersonal mediums, it's evident that he loves what he does. In his interviews, he infuses his answers with a combination of professionalism, enthusiasm, and quirky insights. As someone who struggles to be comfortable with herself, his comfortable demeanor is an example from which I draw strength. In spicing up professional obligations with his authentic flavor, he demonstrates that you can be successful without sacrificing your originality.
What inspires me the most is his ability to do this with race and gender/sexuality. I'm half-Indonesian/half-white, but, growing up, my friends and family often jibed me for being "too white" or "too American." I feel really self-conscious about it still. Yet, when I saw Darren describe his American and Filipino identities in an interview with the Filipino press, I was shocked at his ability to express himself without apology. He loved his Filipino family and food, but he didn't participate in intense Filipino traditions. Whereas I would have felt guilty for not being Asian enough, he accepted that he was more American than Filipino. I aspire to achieve his level of self-acceptance.
And I love how he plays with gender/sexuality. He's a straight actor that portrays a gay character and supports gay rights; he performs songs written from a female perspective and doesn't change the pronoun from "she" to "he" ("The Coolest Girl" is one of my favorite songs to rock out to); he wears reddish and green nail polish to interviews. I don't think a man or woman should have to adhere to the personality which his or her (or hir) sexual orientation stereotypically regiments. Not all of us have the freedom to blur these lines safely, but Darren's actions contribute to the movement that seeks to make it possible.
In short, to Darren Criss, an absolutely lovely musician and actor, thanks for being yourself and owning it.
P.S. It'd be awesome if I could go to your concert. I found out about it a week after the pre-sale, so I didn't get the chance to buy a ticket. Let me know if there's anything else I can do!