Sometimes ego gets in the way or making good decisions. Or pride prevents us from taking opportunities "below our pay grade." After more than 10 years of stand up comedy and over 3,000 shows, I believe I have earned the right to be a headlining comedian. And often I am (See you this weekend Ft Myers!). Other times, I am asked to open or feature (middle spot) when I believe I should be headlining.
Recently, I was asked to open a show and I almost declined because my ego was bruised, especially after seeing peers and newer comedians headlining the same venue. But only after talking to a comedian friend did a realize that I would not only be turning down perfectly good stage time, but I was also not necessarily helping my cause. After all, the only way to prove ones worth is by showing it.; doing the show opening it and crushing.
There is a school of thought that says not to take shows beneath you, as you are lowering your worth. And that may be true, but I will most often opt for stage time not only to prove my worth but also to perfect my craft.
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Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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