Comedian Mike Birbiglia’s tips on getting started in a creative career

  1. DON’T WAIT

Write. Make a short film. Go to an open mike. Take an improv class. There’s no substitute for actually doing something. Don’t talk about it anymore. Maybe don’t even finish reading this essay.

Also:

  1. CLEVERNESS IS OVERRATED, AND HEART IS UNDERRATED

Plus, there are fewer people competing for heart, so you have a better chance of getting noticed.

I’ve been thinking about Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder lately. They had heart.

(Mike Birbiglia, The New York Times)

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