One way I stay focused and not bitter is working with people I respect and trying to surround myself with positive energy friends. Some of you who know me know that Conan O'Brien is my all time favorite comedian. He once said "Try and do what you love with people you love. If you can manage that, it's the definition of heaven on Earth." Nothing could be more accurate.
I have been fortunate to work with not only comedians I admire (and used to watch on TV) but also friends who motivate and support me. You only appreciate that more when you don't have that. One time, I worked with a very bitter comedian who clearly was unhappy with the choices he made and the hand he was dealt with his comedy career. I kept my distance to avoid having the negative energy suck me in. I made a promise with myself to never become that guy.
Immediately after that experience, however, I appreciated the great weeks when I worked with positive and talented comedian friends like April Macie, Jim Flannigan and Carmen Lynch and people who made this journey fun. It makes the world of difference and I am thankful for it. Even when things don't go well for me, I try hard not to let it affect me and the people I work with.
The silver lining of the bitter comedian, is that I make better decisions now and catch myself from becoming him, even when things don't go as planned. I am working on some new projects for 2023 and can't wait to bring some friends along for the ride. Follow me on Instagram and youtube, if you don't already! #careerchange #positiveenergy #standup #comedy #formerlawyer
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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