It’s very common for a layman to ask an entertainer, “Do you think you’ve made it yet?” This is a fair question to ask somebody in my profession and it has me scrolling through old hard drive images. This is a picture of me taken back in February of 2015. I’m standing above one of the Minneapolis Convention Center 1,000 seat stages. Although my name’s not being promoted on any marquee, that day my job was host a 2 hour show for a national group of college students in an effort to promote my act and hopefully book some high paying work across the country. To make this happen, I invested nearly a thousand dollars from previous private show earnings to be able to pay for this opportunity. This included submission fees, travel and time away from seeking local bookings. This was quite a gamble for me to make due to the chance of me either not being a good act or not fitting into the energy of the show. But I took a few pre-show deep breaths, did some shadow boxing, went onstage and received a great response. A bunch of the students that loved the show asked to take pictures with me afterward. I booked at least a dozen university gigs and made back the money I’d invested. That year I matched what I make at my full time job and have performed on huge stages like this numerous times ever since. I honestly don’t know what, “making it” means to anybody else but I often wake up happy that I’ve made it this far. Today I’m still working a full time and still love travelling and performing for some great audiences. Sometimes large, sometimes small. But loving it nonetheless. This question has me focusing on the next plateau. I’ll be travelling to Chicago in a few months, let’s see where that leads next. Thanks for reading. Until then, #StayHumble #TakeChances #SlowAndSteadyWinsTheRace #EnjoyEachAndEveryMoment
Do you think you’ve made it yet?