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BE A SPONGE (Final Chapter)
I will leave you with the 90-10 rule.
Trivia Night is filled with trivial knowledge. 90% of all things you learning life are a waste of your time. (Keep reading or I will really be in trouble).
About 10% of everything you learn, from book learning to street advice, is important to your future. (KEEP READING!!!!)
The secret is, now, no matter how old or young you are, you have no clue which 10% will save your life someday. As a comedian, every time you don’t pay attention in class, you are losing potential material for the future. You limit your knowledge base.
Even if you think you have your whole life mapped out, how many adults do you know are doing what they planned?
In the middle of a pandemic, 48-year-old me is writing a book on stand-up comedy, spending 30 hours/week via ZOOM, working with kids, teens and adults, teaching stand-up and improv comedy, and performing live shows streamed on Facebook. 13-year old me (about to enter high school with a math/science focus) and 17-year-old me (about to go to college as a Trumpet major) have no idea how this happened. Let’s forget about 25-year-old me that moved to New York to do Broadway and Opera.
At every strange turn, because I listened, and because I was a sponge in my youth, I was armed with a wealth of knowledge that lets me adjust to every stumble and fork in the road.
I have known many comics, actors, singers, writers and directors rise to great success. I have seen many more give up, rarely because they lacked talent. They lacked focus. They lacked the ability to take rejection. They lacked the ability to bounce back from those dips in the path. They ignored things like ROI. They listened to advice from other waiters, instead of working artists.
I don’t recommend this business to anyone. There are far better ways to pay the rent. Hundreds of old friends (And these days I do mean OLD) still perform for fun in community theater, or they drop by Open Mics between their day jobs. Some of them even get some work on TV before returning to the office the next Monday morning.
Keep having fun. Keep smiling. Keep delivering the laughs on and off stage. I cannot guarantee financial success, but the ROI in life will be immense.
BE A SPONGE
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