Being a comedian is a difficult dream, especially for those that don’t also dream it. I think the hardest thing for comics just starting is to understand that just like life, things will not go as planned. Not everyone will have your same mindset. What you have to do as a comics is do your best to prevail.
We have all heard stories of the athlete or actor that got told no at every corner, and eventually they were able to make it. What you have to know is that they are one of the few. Not everyone that has a roadblock in their way to their dreams will be able to get over it. You will run into the booker that doesn’t like you because in your video clip you sent to him, you wore jeans on stage. You will have family members telling you that what you are trying to do is not possible and to think of other things to do instead. I am here to tell you that there is not a 100% chance that you will become the next Will Ferrel, but you also don’t need those people in your life.
When you hit a brick wall, say you can’t get booked somewhere, or you get turned down for a festival or something, there is a tendency to see that as a sign that you were not supposed to make it. I have told myself many times that I am not suppose to be doing something because my progress was impeded. Sometimes you can be your own worse enemy. What I have learned to do over the years is stare deep within myself and focus on the goal at hand. That usually means forcing myself to do something that I am too afraid of, like this comedy competition.
Our outcomes may not be the same. You may go on to become a star and I will forever perform in dive bars across the northwest. One thing you should never do however, is let someone stop you from seeing whatever dream you have to its final conclusion. If you don’t make it to the end? Well, you may learn something about yourself along the way.