I don't have a manager or an agent for comedy (I do have agents for acting, who are awesome!) so when it comes to booking shows, I do it all myself. I was a booking for bands for years and I also managed bands, so the skills transfer over a little.
When it comes to comedy opportunities, I miss out sometimes because I don't have a manager looking out for me. Word of mouth from other comedians or mentors always helps but it would be nice to have a manager steer me away from bad decisions while also providing new opportunities.
I recently spoke to a successful comedy manager who told me the way to make it now is to create your own path with publicity, funding and distribution. In the end, if you can fill rooms and get viewers to consume your product (comedy), you will succeed. Seems easy enough. I have some projects in place for 2023 and hope to find the missing parts to get me to the next level. In the meantime, I will keep trying to promote myself and rely and friends and fans to get the word out on my shows and projects. Hope to see you all at Zanies Chicago, Champaign, Raleigh NC, OK City and Charlotte in the coming months! #bettercallpaul #standup #careerchange #formerlawyer
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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