We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful Comedian Q . We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Comedian Q below.
Comedian Q , thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today Are you able to earn a full-time living from your creative work? If so, can you walk us through your journey and how you made it happen?
Currently I am able to earn a full-time living from my creative work. This hasn’t always been the case, I remember leaving my job on Dec 6th 2019 with about 3k to my name. Little did we all know that in 3 short months the world would be very different. My plan was to do stand up full time and promoting/producing on the side. Because of the pandemic, all of my skill sets were pretty much useless, the gathering of people was my bread and butter. I basically had to come up with creative ways to survive. Online shows were available but it wasn’t the same. I had to come up with different ways to create an income. From selling clothes, to mounting tvs once it was safe. Coming up with creative ways to still entertain in person safely. Covid 19 put a huge dent in the creative process when it came to “gathering” luckily me and my partners were working with the folks at Lava Cantina in the Colony. They were instrumental in keeping “live” entertainment going in the city. We started the 1st drive in concert series in their parking lot. We kept those that needed to get out entertained, and employees, bands, & dj’s working. In hindsight I’m not sure if I would change anything (outside of lives lost of course) Being able to survive 2020 after everything was pretty much taken away from us is a blessing in itself. I truly believe if you made it through the 2020 pandemic, you should be able to conquer anything. If anything the pandemic has created more entrepreneurs for this country.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
I started off in the entertainment industry as an actor. I attended KD Studios Acting School in Dallas,Tx With Dallas not being a huge film industry I discovered spoken word poetry. I was known to throw a funny antidote or two in my poetry, I enjoyed the response from the funny stuff and decided one night to do three minutes of comedy. The host agreed, and Comedy became my second first love LOL. I’ve been doing comedy over 15 years what I learned very early in my career is that this is the Comedy “business“ once I figured out that this is 90% business I knew I wanted to go in the direction of producing shows. This gave me an opportunity to help other comics. I created a comedy series called Comedian Q’s We Got Next Comedy Series honestly because I didn’t think I was being considered enough for the local stages, so I created my own. Currently I get to not only book my shows, but I’m often hired to produce other shows as well. (Got a budget/Need talent? I can help!) Of course all this has not been possible without the help of my partners Herchel Cooper and Deidra Roper-Coleman. Since starting WGN I’ve been able to book over 12 comedy shows on cruises with the www.grownandsexycruise.com One of my most proudest moments is when I’ve been able to take a comic out the country to perform for the 1st time and after the show tell them to update their resume and add “international comic” My honest hard ward and dedication is one of the things that sets me apart from my peers. I’m a strong believer in hard work paying off. I value my name. And consistency is a great trait to have.
Any insights you can share with us about how you built up your social media presence?
My career and social media kind of started at the same time. I’m kind of old-school when I started doing promotions we would print out 5000 flyers and hit the streets for weeks. Going into businesses, tagging cars, pulling up at the club handing out flyers hand to hand trying to gain interest in our event or show. Using social media you have to be creative because they change up the algorithms all the time. You have to be personal on social media. Engaging. It’s work. You have to literally set aside time to work social media. Nowadays with the videos you can expand your reach with creative content. If it’s something a lot of people like they with repost and share your work. Your job is to finesse it so it works for you.
Is there mission driving your creative journey?
As a stand up comic, I’m always looking for a stage to hit. Trying to get that next thought down on paper or in my phone. Work it out in my head enough to try it on stage. Hopefully it’s thought provoking and funny. That’s the every day goal. My long term goal is to one day open up my own spot where I can put other comics on stage, help grown their careers. I guess there’s a part of me that wants the responsibility to helping the world smile more. Just give me some time. I’m almost there!
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