Do you find it easy to make people laugh?
If so, consider a career as a stand-up comedian! You'll have the chance to:
write and perform your own monologues on stage at small to large venues
tell stories of personal experiences to entertain your audience
You might even catch a "big break" and get roles on commercials and TV shows!
What Do They Do?
Perform jokes or skits on stage
Travel to different venues to perform with other Comedians
Share their story or life experience through comedy monologues
Take different classes for acting, improv or improve on their public speaking
Audition for roles in shows or commercials
Rehearse and practice material for a show
Do You Have What It Takes?
Thick Skin - Can you handle honest criticism?
Ambitious - Will you hustle to reach your goals?
Patience - Are you prepared to wait for the right breaks?
Endurance - Can you stay up all night?
Flexible - Can you handle last-minute changes?
Where should aspiring comedians go to get stand-up experience?
On the street
On a cruise ship
Open mic nights
Show Me The Money
You may not make much money when you start, so you'll probably still need a day job to pay the bills.
You might not see a sustainable salary from performing until later in your career. The amount of money you'll make depends on your location, the jobs available, and the connections you have.
Here are some pay ranges for top performers :
Rookie comedians — up to $200 USD per show
Opening acts — up to $10,000 USD per show
TV shows — a range of $20,000 - $150,000 USD per season
Where do you go from here?
You got this! Stay positive!
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