Every since I was a kid, I didn't like taking orders or direction from others. When I entered the workforce, I also didn't like working for someone else. As soon as I was able, I became my own boss in the music industry and then later as a lawyer with my own firm. While in both careers, I still had to answer to clients, I still had a significant amount of control over my day to day life.
With comedy, you would think as a stand up comedian, you would be the epitome of your own boss. It's often the case, especially when it comes to picking your shows and creating your schedule for writing, projects and what to submit for. In the end, however, there is so much you cannot control, especially at the level of a feature/headliner like me. My schedule is often changed when bigger names need my long scheduled dates or my projects submissions stall because they need to see more from me or get more input from people who don't know who I am. Its stressful, but part of the game. And at my level, I can't tell people off but can only hope they have empathy for what I need to do to re-route my schedule and plans, especially when plans change last minute. Its frustrating, but you can't control the uncontrollable. #standup #careerchange #formerlawyer
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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