Do you ever think about the road not traveled?
Was it due to fear? Self-worth? Family obligations?
I could've written comedy for television & movies. I've always been funny. Then I got serious about it. When AOL was launched in the 1990's, I invested thousands of hours in chat rooms, practicing "sit-down" comedy in front of strangers.
Chat rooms are perfect for comedy. Random comments scrolling across your screen must be tweaked, combined or riffed within the instantaneous timing required to create a laugh. You have to be quick, concise, clever & drop-dead funny.
Due to audience response, I knew I had it. So I attended a comedy writers training conference in Los Angeles.
The instructors had written for Jay Leno, Carol Burnett & Bob Hope. I was stunned to discover I was funnier than them all.
The head writer for Jay Leno said something I will never forget. To him & his team of a dozen writers, creating the required number of jokes each night was a relentless job. I saw it as a privilege. Yet another example of realizing high-rollers are just normal people. And in many cases, ab-normal people.
Bow before no man. Sometimes you ARE the smartest person in the room. You just need to summon the audacity to believe it.
And then decide to take a more fulfilling road.
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