I want to become a stand-up comedian, but there’s a small problem — I am an engineer.
People love laughing and comedians. People don’t like engineers very much. I only know this because my friends don’t call me back or invite me to do stuff.
In my early 20’s I wanted to be a rock star. I converted my bedroom into a recording studio. My father suggested I make getting a degree my “plan B.” I’m SO glad I listened to him. Of course I can’t speak to him about this comedian dream, because I couldn’t bear for him to be “right” again.
The career path of a comedian stinks, so I keep asking myself “why the hell I’m doing this?” In the beginning, you have to go to open-mic’s and practice, for no pay. Then once you start getting gigs, the pay, supposedly, usually doesn’t cover your travel costs.
So far, I have not stepped onto a stage to tell a joke. I can get up in front of people and talk, but doing stand-up in front of a crowd scares me.