One thing I think that all comedians can agree on is that comedy is not easy. Many of the greats make it look easy night after night but even they will still tell you that the process is an ever going grind. As a comedian, you’re constantly building muscles like an athlete in rigorous training. While training, injuries happen, fatigue happens, and sometimes when you don’t get the exact result that you want, frustration and discouragement can set in.
If you’re doing comedy right, you’re always looking ahead to the next level to become better in all facets of your journey. While looking ahead and facing the many disappointments and rejections that come with being a comedian, it’s very easy to forget the successes and milestones that you’ve had along the way.
So I’m here to tell you that it is perfectly okay to every now and then pause and take a look back at what you’ve accomplished. The year 2017 is coming to a close. Now is the perfect time to reflect and review the good times and growing pains you’ve experienced as a comedian this year. Reflecting for a short moment on your past comedic accomplishments this 2017 is great for your mental health and it gives you great perspective for when you sit down and write down your goals for 2018. It’s good to pat yourself on the back! Just don’t waste too much time doing it because the comedy grind never stops.
This year whether it was you adding a new 10 minutes this year, writing a new pilot or performing in a venue that you’ve always wanted to sling in jokes in, just remember that progress is progress and if you didn’t accomplish nearly as much as you wanted too, 2018 will be here in a few weeks so you can get that fresh start! Happy Holidays!