I'm writing article numero two because I really enjoyed writing the first one If you have the ability, do it yourself. After getting some nice feedback from family and friends I want to share another pivotal moment in life that both shaped and helped me. This already sounds too deep and meaningful for my liking so I'll try to include some immaturity throughout the rest of this article.
I always loved comedy, from birth I was always surrounded by comedians. My parents were introduced to each other by a comedian so I can actually say, if it wasn't for comedy I wouldn't be here today. I was always imitating my parents comedian friends, my folks like to tell the story of when we were at a Chinese dinner close family friend Russell Gilbert. He had a magic trick where he would put a chopstick up his nose and pull it out his mouth. He performed it, everyone laughed, everyone went back to eating their Xiaolongbao's (the shit). Two minutes later Mum jumped over the table to stop a chopstick from penetrating my brain as I was taking a very practical approach to replicating what I just saw.
At school I was always trying to make people laugh, red hair and not very good at sport I needed something to aim towards. I tried very hard to make people laugh, it would often backfire how hard I tried. I was in trouble multiple of times for testing my humour on mates, girls and teachers. I was doing all this without consciously knowing I was finding my viewpoint, what my morals were and what I found or thought was funny.
I was told a lot of times I wasn't funny and often believed it. Although I continued to be the class clown the doubt and angst of not being funny lasted with me for years after school.
'You don't think it's funny? I think it's funny. Okay, I won't do it.' I repeated this sentence a lot in my first real job where I was attempting to up with comedy creative. I was continually pitching concepts, scripts and ideas that were constantly getting shutdown... One day I walked away from a meeting after another idea was shutdown for 'not being funny'. I thought 'Fuck it, I'm going to make it on my own and in my own time, for myself.' That weekend I did, produced a comedy video put it online and bang it went viral. Front page of Reddit, trending on YouTube, we had articles and interviews. That changed everything.
I should write here 'It was a great experiment and I'm glad I was able to validate what I believed in' but what I want to write is "Fuck yeah and Fuck you!" It was the best thing that ever happened to me. Comedy is subjective, no one in the world has the same sense of humour as you do. If someone doesn't find something funny that you do, it doesn't mean they're right and you're wrong. If you want to pursue a career in comedy whether it be stand up, advertising, film or TV create whatever the fuck makes you tick. Back yourself and create what really matters to you! Don't let others you don't respect creatively cloud your creativity.
I now am able to face feedback in such a better head space these days. I make sure it's from someone I creatively respect. I also don't hesitant to bite back and disagree with anything that doesn't feel right.
Apon reflection it just feels like I've just scribbled in my journal while drinking a bottle of red wine and aggressively thrown paint at a canvas. But essentially I want to tell anyone who has had ideas shot down by others, don't listen to them. Make it, say it, produce it, sing it, do it! hopefully it lands and you'll be proven right.