There are two kinds of Comedians; The Hobbyist (Artist) & The Professional (Career Driven). Both have hard roads ahead of them. Both are equally passionate about what they are doing. Both also live to tell jokes and perform to get their creative juices out in front of audiences. Where they are both different is the path they decided to take. One took the path driven on by many others before them. The other comedian studied the art of the business before deciding on their craft.
Sit with a Hobbyist and their advice to becoming a successful Comedian is; Get to as many Open mics as much as possible, to work your craft. Next, write everyday and all day. Thirdly, but not last, get stage time to master your craft. This is true, these things will make you a successful Comedian performer, but it won’t make anyone success at a long lasting career. Or to clarify, it will take ten to twenty years to “get your big break” doing it this way.
Then there is the path of few. This path concentrates on the power of Networking, Marketing, and Practicing. Where a Hobbyist mainly focuses on Practicing, until they are good enough in their mind, before they start marketing themselves. This business is about who you know (Networking), who knows you (Marketing), and time for you (Practicing). Even when you are not ready, making relationships as friends is more powerful than letting people know what it is you DO.
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