"For people who want to be part of the comedy world, the advice is pretty much the same as it’s always been: start making things, start getting your comedy seen, work on getting a job with a comedy studio."
I’ve been having some doubt recently that my approach to my comedy dream was flawed somehow. My goal is to be a comedy talent booker, whether in live comedy, TV, web, etc, that’s what I want to be.
I produce comedy shows in order to get more and more people to associate me with comedy booking in the hopes that someday one of those random people that comes to my show will pay me to produce comedy. I’m starting to get to places where I can pay comedians but I still have a long way to go before I’m getting paid a living wage to book comedians for paying gigs.
I was seeing some of my peers move up to those positions and the natural jealousy/self doubt set in. Should I stop working with people I love all over the place and work in just one place so that I have a chance at being promoted since they only promote from within? Should I work on making a live show a TV show? etc etc. But then I read this article and the quote above clarified the method I have been working under but unable to articulate. I’m a comedy booker working in a comedians method. I’ve always felt that way but seeing it echoed in a Splitsider article at least gives me hope that I’m not crazy for going about things the way I do. I may not be part of an established comedy “brand” but I build #brands. I may not be promoted from within but hopefully I’ll be the specialist they bring in from the outside. I may not have a reliable single stage where you can see all of my work but if you can find my shows I guarantee they will be memorable, unique shows.
I’m writing this to remind myself, in my many many MANY moments of doubt, that I am on a path that many have taken, and all I can do is keep trying. There is money and a career out there, I just gotta keep going and hope I can find it.