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Love what you do.

Hey guys, the year is almost over, how the hell did it happen? Who knows. Anyway, this year has been tumultuous — to describe it in one word. Lots of shit went down personally and just world-wise. Ultimately, you have to focus on the good and what makes you feel good, for me? It’s stand up comedy.

I’m not sure if you guys are familiar with my like “story” but I’m from NJ and I moved to LA to do comedy. I started out doing improv, did some in NYC, but right now I’m focusing on stand up and writing online sketches. Sure I could’ve started in NYC…but I’m dumb and also I just wanted to live somewhere warm, so I mainly started out here. It can be a struggle booking shows, writing material, and just being consistent but man, do I love it.

Everyone has a different journey to happiness. Sometimes are family driven — they work a boring day job but have a family and spend all the time in the world with them. Some are career driven — they just focus on work. Some are just life experience driven — they work but spend their money on doing stuff like traveling and seeing the world. And, some people are just extremely lucky and are all three. I think no matter how much I want to find love (I mean doesn’t anyone?) I am a see-saw in between the life experience and career driven. I love traveling but also, I love stand up comedy.

There has been many a night where I feel shitty and sad because I’ve been working all day and I don’t want to go to an open mic or a show I’m on, I’m just feeling unfunny and not good, but I push myself. I push myself to go and then 9 times out of 10 I feel 1000% times better for doing so. Why? Because man, nothing feels better than just making a room laugh. You write something that’s all you, you perform it, and people love it and laugh at it — it’s like seeing your baby thrive, you know? Jokes are my babies. I struggle a lot at mics and with the idea of me losing my funny but it is like the universe knows when you feel shitty because right when you’re super low you have a killer set and feel like you’re on top of the world again.

It’s not even just that, sometimes it’s just surrounding yourself with great people that do what you do. I have other friends that don’t do comedy and they’re great and I love them, but sometimes you just need your comedy friends. It’s such a relief to just riff about comedy specials or discuss ideas for bits with people that just fucking know and relate to it. We’re the same type of person, we don’t have to explain why we like comedy or why we started doing it — we just know and get each other. We don’t even have to be talking about comedy all the time (but honestly we do pretty frequently) but just being with each other it is a certain level of comfort. We get each other without ever announcing it, you know?

I feel very, very lucky to be apart of such a cool community like this. In a way, I have automatic built in friends. I just went on a hike with someone yesterday who I’ve never seen do a set but because we were both comics we were like “yeah of course we’ll hang and be friends” it is just like that sometimes.

In a way, I have no clue what it is like being a normal adult. I work a day job with some other comics, then at night I go to mics and shows up until 2am sometimes. I’ll write in between or have a night focused on that. But right now my life is comedy. Some days I wish it wasn’t, some days I wish I was fine settling in NJ with some dude and creating a family while at work at the hospital as a receptionist but man…how boring would that be? Sure I would definitely be saving money and I could be traveling more but is that what life fulfillment is supposed to be? Waiting on the next vacation after the next? I want something everyday that’ll excite me, that’ll motivate me. As much as it stresses me out, I love doing comedy. It makes me feel like I’m doing something with my life even though honestly I’m just telling poop jokes on stage. I guess some people have hobbies that make them happy in their daily lives, I have no time, it’s just comedy. And you know what? I don’t think I would have it any other way.

Your life is what you make of it, make sure you’re doing something with your life that you love and the happiness will just follow through.

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Summer of Comedies.

Now that it is officially fall (I know, crazy right?) I figured I would talk about this summer in movies.

2013 was a different kind of summer from the past. There weren’t many movies that had “massive blockbuster” written all over it. Sure, Pacific Rim was pretty good but it pales in comparison to The Avengers. There were no silly Twilight sequels or not too many superhero movies to dominate the numbers. In the new Superman we found out the “s” stands for “snoozefest” and Iron Man 3, the highest grossing film of the year, was easily forgettable. But, this isn’t an article pointing out the bad in this year, it’s about the good, because while there were many films and many were indeed forgettable the few that were good were REALLY good especially with their comedies.

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Summer started with an explosion, literally, end of the world standards with the all-star apocalyptic comedy This is The End. Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg you can tell they just made an excuse to write a movie for their friends, starring their friends as themselves, just to have a good time. And you know what? It worked and we ended up having a good time watching them. With outlandish stoner humor and end of the world craziness, this movie is perfect from start to finish. For the most part, they were such dicks in the movie but lovable dicks. Also, an apocalyptic comedy could offend religious folk but this one didn’t, it worked so well where it was goofy but didn’t push any boundaries. It was also pretty inspiring that you can create a movie with your friends, have a great time, and make it such a success.

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Next up was The Heat a buddy cop action movie starring two females. Out of all the three I’ve mentioned it is the most recent one I’ve seen so it is the freshest on the mind. ($1.50 movie theatre, yay!) As a female struggling in comedy and trying to “make it” in the entertainment industry, I loved this movie. I’m a huge advocate for “if guys can do it, why can’t girls?” and with foul-mouthed lady cops kicking ass and taking names, this is the perfect movie to break that barrier. The plot was a bit predictable but the film is definitely character driven. I loved the female lead juxtaposition where Sandra Bullock plays the nerdy cop and Melissa McCarthy is the cop that gets all the dudes. It was great and what’s more important is that this was an all around great movie not just a female movie.

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Lastly, the sleeper comedy hit We’re the Millers. I knew this movie was going to be awesome once I heard the story. Definitely an oddball comedy and pretty unrealistic. It’s probably more unrealistic to smuggle an RV across the border filled with weed than an apocalypse happening the same night James Franco has a party. It was still hilarious. They had some great jokes that you quote for months to come. I saw it at a free screening earlier this year and I still write “no ragrets” to my friends. It’s pretty awesome. I don’t know why it hasn’t gotten the best reviews when it’s pretty much the same type of humor as This Is The End.

Overall, I definitely recommend seeing all of these movies. They’re all great and you’ll definitely laugh out loud for a bit.

What were some of your favorite movies?

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Finding Inspiration in Weekends.

Well, after a frustrating few days of not writing I decided to go to Vegas this weekend. And oddly, it helped.

It’s funny how life experiences give you motivation to write. So now instead of holding late night write-ins with myself which actually end up being just me staring at the computer or YouTube for hours and not getting through anything, I will go to clubs and out drinking with my friends. Seriously. It’s funny where great bits come from.

So this answers my question from before. I find inspiration in weekends. I was going to say everyday life but my everyday life isn’t filled with Vegas. But my weekends sometimes are. 🙂

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Goal Update.

It’s Friday the 13th! Pretty creepy, I just realized that now. It’s only the 13th and 2012 has been pretty busy for me. I performed at the Comedy Store on Sunset last weekend, whaaa! I know, crazy!

I also joined a sketch theatre company, so I’ve been working hard at being funny! Or at least memorizing it.

So I’ve been also writing a lot whether it’s stand up or sketch, the past week and a half comedy has been influencing more and more of what I’m writing so I apologize that I haven’t been blogging lately. I’m also working on a professional website for my acting career.

So far I’ve been sticking to my goals at least writing more and doing more comedy. Getting fit I need to strive more for, I’ve been going to the gym three times a week but I need to pump it up a little more.

How about you guys? How are you doing with your goals and resolutions? Please, don’t be those people that hit up the gym only for January and then disappear, stick to it and you’ll be awesome at it.

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