Why Following Your (Sometimes Wacky) Passion is the Key To Your Success
I like to think of myself as a superhero. By day I help corporate clients captivate their clients and engage their teams through the power of comedic storytelling techniques. By night, however, I turn into someone else. You could even call me a Joker. As the Creator and Producer of The Mother Cluckers comedy troupe, I bring stand-up and storytelling to parents and those who've had parents out in the Chicago suburbs. Why do I do this? Because I can't quit my night job.
We've heard that (frankly rude) old adage of "don't quit your day job" when someone tries something new that they're not perfect at. Well, my friends, I say lean into that night job. My passion for performing stand-up, which began in my teens living in Los Angeles, has laid the roadmap to where I am today. Whether storytelling through stand-up, sketch comedy at Northwestern University, working in television documentary production post-graduate, teaching for the Chicago Public Schools post-post graduate, I could never quit comedy. So two years ago I finally took the reigns and started my own troupe, with mentorship help from Chicago's very own The Kates. Since then, my business growth and my joy in my troupe have gone hand in hand.
The Mother Cluckers have been recognized as one of the suburbs premiere comedy troupes by The Chicago Tribune, Rebellious Woman's Magazine, and has been featured on CBS This Morning (and yes, I did have shirts made for Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey).
We welcome over 30 comics from the Chicagoland area, and our comics have been featured on Netflix, Zanies, Second City, The Kates, and numerous other institutions. We thrive on welcoming new comics, and one of my proudest moments was when one of our original members, who previously had no experience, booked national dates.
Why am I telling you all this? It's not to say "RUN OUT AND START A COMEDY TROUPE!" (although if that's your dream, do it, honey). It is, however, to give you a nudge to "try that thing." You're right, you probably don't have a ton of extra time. You're right, it might feel a little strange to start a night job. But from a business perspective, the lessons you'll learn are priceless. I'm a much better manager because I'm also a Producer. I'm a much better storyteller because I'm beholden to an audience for new, well curated stories once a month. I discover new tools to share with clients through having my brain problem solve in different arenas. And, most importantly, I have an outlet for joy which fills my cup and makes me a more awesome human.
So get out there, friends. Find a night job. And whatever you do, don't quit it.
Please join The Mother Cluckers at our home, Anderson's Bookshop La Grange, starting in September for the 2018-2019 season.