This is an exciting yet somewhat frightening time in my life. After living in Los Angeles for 12 years, I’ve dedicated the past several to writing and acting in original film projects and performing stand-up comedy around town.
Before that, I was writing and co-writing screenplays with all my hopes entangled with connections and favors of the Hollywood bureaucracy. A little movement here, and a little movement there… but overall it was nothing. Promised the stars but in reality I was handed a nebulous void.
That all changed when I stopped writing and creating for everyone else. I became less concerned about what others could do for me and more concerned with how much I could accomplish before I shuffle off this mortal coil.
I’m a husband and a father. I work a full time 9 to 5 job during the week. I go to open mics 4 to 5 times every evening, and if I’m lucky enough… I’ll book 5 to 10 comedy shows each month - without pay. I obsess over tweeting jokes and creating Vines. After a late show I go home and stay up until 2am to write something new. I spend the majority of my time with my family on the weekends. I don’t sleep very often, and when I do… I feel like I’m missing out on something.
But it’s worth it. Every minute of it because I choose to do so and I choose to do it honestly.To entertain others and hopefully make them laugh. It’s my favorite thing in the entire world. Why am I writing this? A pep talk for me I suppose, but maybe to inspire you to do the same.
I’ll leave you with a wonderful quote from Brenda Ueland:
“Everybody is original, if he tells the truth, if he speaks from himself. But it must be from his true self and not from the self he thinks he should be.”