Mentorship the ship I continue to sail on

Posted: April 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

It is hard to get anywhere in Show business. This is just a fact of life for most artists. It can help, however, when you have great mentors who really want to see you succeed. That put you on shows when they don’t really need you and would be quite comfortable filling the time themselves but want you to have the stage time and the chance to make contacts. People who are taking money out of their own pockets so that you can feel like you are achieving something.

My mentor did this recently for me in several different ways. For one thing, he could have easily filled the whole hour, he has done much longer shows, by himself and kept the 700. In addition, since I was on a tight timeline and did not want to have to deal with parking downtown so I was catching cabs to the show at Regent casino and then from the show to my workplace downtown. When I told him that I needed to go downstairs to order a cab so I could get out of there quickly, he decided to do something extremely nice. He transferred me an extra $50 dollars of his own money that he was making so that I would walk away with some money in my pockets.

Not only was he generous with stage time and money, however, he was also extremely generous with his time and spirit. For a large part, I did not feel good about my set coming off the stage. I thought that many of my best jokes had simply failed to connect. I thought the people at the show were simply not interested in hearing my jokes about having Autism. Fair enough, I have felt like I have sometimes been passed over for a comedian whose jokes are more relatable, after all the more relatable the more the audience will find the jokes funny. So, coming off the stage, the comedian could have wiped his hands of me. Been like, I gave him a fair chance, he failed to make it count, so I will move onto other worthy comedians, which, the local comedy scene is chalkful of. It would be hard to go to a local comedy show and randomly pick a comedian out of the line-up who wouldn’t be worthy of the opportunity. Yet, instead, what he did was give me a hug and tell me to call him after I finished work so that he could discuss with me how it went.

During the phone call he told me I sometimes talked to fast and slurred my words so that was the reason why many of my jokes failed to land. He also reassured me that the audience liked me, and that he would be willing to work with me in the future (the near future I hope). This was extremely reassuring and was an extremely generous act. After all, he could speak that any opening act who has been doing comedy as I have would at least know how to pace themselves on stage and speak so that they are clearly heard. That seems like one of those most basic rudimentary things you would expect from any beginner. That they would learn how to speak clearly and learn how to write a joke no matter how basic or unfunny that joke is.  Yet, his continued believe in me is enormous.

 

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