By Paul Schissler
Without a community of supporters, you won’t make it anywhere besides a counselor’s office and your parent’s basement.
Befriend fellow comedians at open mic nights and comedy classes. The few people who I’ve befriended at open mics have become supportive friends and offer me their much appreciated constructive criticisms. One of my open mic buddies even offered me a spot on one of the upcoming comedy shows he was producing.
A bond with fellow comedians creates an opportunity for you to keep each other accountable – to go to open mics – the expectation that you’ll both be there. Having someone to keep you accountable in going to shows will force you to not let any excuses hold you back, because you know there’s someone at the show expecting you to perform. You’re all in the same boat, so banding together to encourage one another and laugh at each other’s jokes will help push you towards your goals, and build confidence in your talents.
Don’t be afraid to approach big name comics after their set and shake their hand. Sometimes a big name comedian will watch someone perform, like their style, and ask them to open up for them at a few shows.
Go shake some hands so more and more people know who you are, and have a face with a name.
Meet club owners, talent managers, and comedy producers. Introduce yourself to these people and ask if they would have any time to talk with you about the industry, or ask if they need any help at their events. Offering free service is a great way to get people to love you, and you never know where that connection may lead you! The great connection that I’ve made was through my internship with a comedy producer at one of the clubs. He pays me in stage time and allows me to sit in on seminars and meet other comedians. It’s a very valuable connection because he has a strong network in the industry and is willing to help me grow as a comedian in return for helping him with social media and planning events.
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Paul Schissler began at the Campus Clipper in 2012 as a recent graduate with a degree in English and Creative Writing. As a thriving and eager publishing intern looking to make a name for himself in New York City, Paul was not only able to learn the ins and outs of publishing, blogging, social media, student savings, and student discounts in New York, but he was able to walk away with his own E-Book filled with his thoughts and advice on his number one passion project: comedy. The Campus Clipper not only helped Paul learn new skills, make money, and create this amazing E-Book, but gave him a platform to teach others. Follow each new blog post to read a chapter of Paul’s book and to learn how the Campus Clipper can help you follow your dreams!
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