Any time I become frustrated in my comedy journey I find that I am asking myself the wrong questions. This in turn leads to wrong answers and more frustration. Below is a list of both questions and should help you in correcting the course anytime you find yourself adrift.
Ask this: What makes that comic so bookable and in demand?
Not this: How come no one is hiring me or booking me for gigs?
Ask this: Do I work hard even when no one is looking?
Not this: Why does everyone else get all the breaks?
Ask this: Am I willing to dedicate 3-5 years of my life getting on stage everywhere I can to get this thing going?
Not this: Where are the good open mics?
Ask this: What can I offer an established comedian in return for some of their time and experience.
Not this: What comics can hook me up with gigs?
Ask this: How can I rewrite this bit to make it work more consistently.
Not this: Why don’t people get my jokes?
The bottom line is to focus on YOU. No one cares as much about your career as you do. So don’t ask why you aren’t doing well. Ask yourself what you can be doing better.
Start each day with a goal to create, relate or update and you’ll be back on track. Success is not an event – it’s eventual.
– Rik Roberts