We all want more “likes” and “followers” because it leads to popularity, attention, and ultimately more money (theoretically). But mostly, we all want more gigs. If you’re not getting enough stage time, whether it be open mics, professional gigs, or those shows in between where a handful of comics split the door, this entry has a tip to fix that. The same method can work with Facebook likes (and all the Twitter equivalents). Take the focus off of “me, me, me” and help out a friend.
With every show you do, recommend others from your comedy community who could also perform at that venue in the future. For example, I just worked the opening weekend of a new club. The owner is also the booker, so I was sure to give him the names of other St. Louis comics (and reminded him that this saves him on hotel charges because it’s only 2 hours away). I chose a lot of the comics who have helped me get work in the past. Obviously you want to be sure your recommendations are funny too.
Whenever I get random gig offers I’m always sure to ask how they found my name. This is an extremely important habit. Dan Chopin has been the most helpful in the last few years (Thanks Dan!), so of course he was at the top of my list for this new club’s recommendations. And he’s very funny.
If you’re not getting enough love on social media, post something complimentary about someone on their page. We all sound ridiculous when we have to brag about ourselves, so do some of your buddy’s promo for him or her. It makes followers think they’re a bigger deal than they are instead of having them think the whole page is just endless self-promotion. This can also improve your reputation in your comedy circle that you may have previously damaged.
Getting booked sometimes takes a little luck, but by helping others out you can really improve the odds that your name is mentioned to someone who runs a show.
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