One of the great rewards of stand up comedy is receiving immediate feedback. Unlike other professions where you can't always gauge your individual performance, you know within minutes or seconds how well you did. Barring being unprofessional or difficult to work with, you would assume that if you have a great show with the most laughs, you'd be rewarded. Sadly, that's not always the case. Comedy clubs considers other factors to merit more shows or a promotion which includes the ability to fill seats (that’s where social media comes in handy) and of course the booker’s own bias. Even if the crowd enjoys you the most, the booker may not, or may have someone who may not objectively perform as well, but can do a "good" job and is a friend. In some cities, they prefer to hire locally grown comedians who may not get as many laughs, but do an adequate job, sometimes at half the price. If you like a comedian you see, make sure you follow them on social media and let the venue know they were your favorite. And go to their shows! And while it's frustrating working hard, doing well and not getting opportunities, messages like this make you realize that the people that matter, the patrons, know you are talented. #comedy #chicagolawyer #careerchange #feedback
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Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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