I try to approach every time on stage as a learning experience and a step towards improving as a comedian.
I have two metaphors that I try to keep in mind, especially after a bad show. I thought I’d share them as maybe they’ll help someone else get through a tough patch in comedy or any other passion (or job) they have:
- Every performance is a brick in the wall of what will eventually become an amazing castle.
- I’m in the middle of a dense forest and can’t see around me. I have an axe, and instead of worrying about my situation, I need to just put my head down, get to work, and keep chopping. If I chop for long enough, I’ll get out of the woods. (I’m a huge Rutgers Football fan and I borrowed this metaphor from Coach Schiano.)
As much as I want to kill it at every show, this isn’t realistically possible at this stage of my career (although that’s still my goal every time). Therefore I view each show as a step towards the next one. One bad show won’t make or break my career — although some shows are much more important than others in this respect.
Have additional questions on this or other topics? Click here to learn about my mentoring services.
Other Comedy Tips:
[wp_list_bookmarks category=”2″ & categorize=”0″ & title_before=” ” & category_before=” ” & category_after=” ” & title_li=”0″]