Its a hard line to navigate as a comedian without a manager, how often to send emails to comedy clubs or ask for help from a fellow, more established comedians. As a rule for comedy clubs, I have a system in place so that I check in every 3 weeks if its a club I have worked at before or often and once a month if its a club I never worked at. After a while, if I don't get a response I either stop messaging or ask the club if they are still considering using me and if not, I would prefer just stopping to send avails to save us both the energy. Its a lot of radio silence and sometimes, I just need to take a break.
As for comedians, I always feel bad sending follow up emails or asking comedians for help with contacts or recommendations. Its always hard to ask for help from friends or comedians I have worked with and I don't know how often to ask. Recently I had to ask for a few (5) comedians to vouch for me at a club and I was not sure they would do it or feel comfortable but within seconds, they all responded yes. That felt good.
On the flip side,I have never really been annoyed by friends who ask me for help so long as its someone I liked working with or that I thought was funny. I do get annoyed when its someone I hardly know or who never spoke to me before or someone who clearly is not ready for the work they are asking. Onward. #standup #formerlawyer #comedian #careerchange #wednesdaywisdom
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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