We were lucky to catch up with Jacques Kindle recently and have shared our conversation below.
Jacques, appreciate you joining us today. The first dollar you earn is always exciting – it’s like the start of a new chapter and so we’d love to hear about the first time you sold or generated revenue from your creative work?
Initially, I was shocked when I started making money from my content. I had been creating content for a couple of years, not monetizing it as the main goal, but to express myself creatively through comedy. So once I started making money from content creation; that was very eye-opening for me, and I began to research best practices that not only would improve the quality of my content but would also grow my comedic brand. The partner program through Facebook was the first platform to pay me. I had a few videos go viral and I was excited that my name and brand were gaining recognition, but the icing on cake was actually making enough money to pay monthly expenses. Monetization was one of the most exciting aspects of my comedic growth because my own ideas & content are paying me a livable wage to continue to express myself, and hopefully I will be able to monetize my content across all internet platforms.
Jacques, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
My name is Jacques Kindle and I am a comedian who has been performing for over 8 years. I began my comedy career in Washington D.C. at Howard University and since then I have not stopped performing in different venues all over the country. While in college I performed twice at the DC Impov’s funniest college student competition and made it to the finals each year and I’ve had the opportunity of bringing TBS to Howard University during the “funniest stand up college competition”. I have appeared on MTV2 as well as the E network.I have produced monthly comedy shows all over the country. These show productions have allowed me to learn other aspects of comedy such as: producing, budgeting of funds, and advertising. I am most proud of this aspect of my comedic journey because understanding and learning of the production process has allowed me to create content for brands all while investing in myself which has been essential in my brand growth.
How about pivoting – can you share the story of a time you’ve had to pivot?
When COVID shut absolutely everything down. It was a weird time and you don’t know how long restrictions will last and where to go from, everything being canceled and closed. So thankfully the online zoom-type events took off and people still cared about comedy with everything going on, which helped sharpen my comedy and they were a lot of fun! I also work at a dispensary which is a great place for a comedian to be. Never a dull day there. The dispensary also allows me to be myself, promote my comedic brand, and even do comedy skits that pretain to everyday life inside a dispensary.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
The most rewarding aspect of being a creative is being able to express myself in a way that, you know nobody is censoring me, telling me what I can and can’t say or do. How far is too far, what topics are off limits, things like that. Monetization is great but the passion I have for creating and just expressing myself has given me confidence to continue in comedy and continue to come up with skits all while having fun
- Website: medigang.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jokesonjacq/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jacques.mannie
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/smhjacq
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