Just Ask — Guest Blogger: John J Murray

Today’s Tip – Just Ask;
Guest Blogger: John J Murray (Comedian / Actor / Producer) http://www.SomethingPlanet.com

I was asked this week to write a blog about my experience in whatever field I am knowledgeable in. That made me realize that I am not very knowledgeable in many of the fields that I work in (or try to work in). I do standup comedy, act, and produce and host a weekly podcast. Now I’m not saying that I do these things poorly, but I realize that I still have a shitload more to learn in each of those areas before I will feel comfortable giving advice about them.

That’s when I discovered that the number one thing that I’m good at is learning how to do shit. The piece of advice that I rarely hear anyone tell anyone else is “ask questions and ask for things”. Now I know asking for things that you want or want to know may make you feel vulnerable, stupid, or less like a professional. As far as I know it is no one’s job to tell you what you’re doing wrong or how to succeed in the area that you want to work. So you don’t know anything. Big fucking deal, ask and then you will know something.

There has been too many times when I’ve seen a comic tripping over tables lost because he didn’t ask someone the best and quickest way to walk to the stage. Don’t wait for a club manager to recognize your talent and ask you to get on their stage. Be the guy that finds the manager after the show and ask him what you have to do to work in his club. If you’re a writer, write something and ask another writer how you can be better. If you’re asked to do a clean set make sure you found out what that club considers clean material. Sometimes it’s something simple like don’t say fuck or cunt, other times it’s more complicated and you’re not allowed to talk about any of your body parts.

The point is just ask and then you will know. Of course you might become known as the douche bag that asks to many questions, but let’s be honest if someone gets mad at you for asking for something, then they probably didn’t like you very much in the first place.





About BBR Productions Inc,

Our mission is to bring reality to your dreams by being an affordable all inclusive production company for every type of venture and those who wish to find success in their possibilities. In 1996 BBR Productions Inc., began which was strictly an illustration company working with local illustrators and comic book company’s. In 1997 BBR Productions Inc., expanded adding audio recordings, graphic and web design, photography and mass marketing. BBR Productions Inc., first major client was TENEbRAE although other bands were signed on to the company roster for marketing and graphic design layouts. During 2000 BBR Productions Inc., began setting up small local shows and organizing large musical events featuring national acts throughout the Tri-state area. Working with musical acts, comedians and actors BBR Productions Inc., expanded yet again to more of an all inclusive entertainment company. In 2007 Began doing more with direct consultation, helping others create opportunities as well as managing more acts. 2008 marked the 1st annual Laughter is the cure show, helping raise money for foundations such as "Multiple Sclerosis Foundation" and various "Cancer Foundations". Soon to be on its 5th year. In 2013 BBR Productions Inc., opened its offices on Long Island NY allowing space to do in house seminars helping others realize their dreams with the help of people who have already been there. On October 3rd, BBR Productions Inc., will open their second office in Holbrook growing from 1,000 square feet to 3,800 square feet.
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