So if you go here , you will get to see why I think credits suck. To balance it all out and not be too doom and gloom, I have decided to write another article explaining why credits don’t suck. So without further ado…
Helps with recognition: If you have credits, it can help audience members place your face with other things you have been in. If they liked that show you were on (however briefly) that increases their chances of coming to your show.
It can build trust in the audience: When an audience member looks at your photo and sees a FOX logo or an NBC logo by your name, it can let the audience know that you are not just some snake oil salesman going from town to town telling silly dick jokes. They trust shows from those networks so they may also trust you.
One of the few ways to determine if a comedian is funny: To go a little bit with the above, people looking at your credits will assume that since you have been on TV and won competitions, that you are actually funny. They just don’t let anyone of TV… It also lets people know that this comedian has jumped through hoops to prove that he is funny. Easier than just having someone just say “trust me they’re funny!” over and over.
Credits can lighten the advertising load: If people know you from that thing, it can be easy for a promoter or club to promote. Clubs have a hard time when the comedian is really good, but no one knows who they are because you don’t get to fill the room with people that know this comedian and then the average person that is just looking for something to do. They don’t have to plow it into people’s minds that they need to see next weeks comedian, people will know who that is already.
Credits impress: I have hosted for people and as soon as I say their credits, you can see the faces in the audience change. If they recognize that thing you are talking about, it impresses the audience and can give you a boost. Humans like to be part of a collective and if you tell them that a lot of people found this person funny enough to put them in all these things then they have a tendency to also enjoy it (for the most part, I have seen it work the other way, but this article is about why credits don’t suck). Credits also impress people you are trying to work for. Just like a resume, if they see you have been on some stuff, they are more likely to hire you.
There you have it. These are some reasons why credits don’t suck. If you need to read why they do suck just click here. Credits are not the end all be all of getting booked, networking is still really important, but this is just a more simple way of showing your accomplishments.