How do you create your dream life? Can tough times provide fuel to help you find your passion? I talked Jessica Michelle Singleton about how she got to where she is today - and how her comedy promotes healing.
Jessica has been a force in the comedy world for the past half a decade. She was most recently seen in the Showtime docuseries, "The Comedy Store" about the world famous club on Sunset Blvd where comedians like Robin Williams, David Letterman, and Richard Pryor got their starts.
Her second comedy album, "Horny for Death" just debuted at #1 on iTunes and Amazon, making this her second #1 album. She's raw and hilarious. Her honest stream-of-consciousness style of delivery keeps audiences cracking up while feeling seen for all the normal human "flaws" we tend to run from.
Kim: I love this thing that you're doing because it's kind of a topic that I've been big on lately, which is: creating your own place at the table.
[I'm discovering this with] my podcast. It was never originally set out to be a self growth and development podcast, but that's kind of where I've been shifting. So my guests have started shifting that direction.
I think there's a lot of people who just think... if a big Hollywood agent doesn't discover me, I'll never get to do the things I want to do - which is like, okay, if your goal, is to just be a famous star...
Audience members, people consuming art... they just want the entertainment they want, the feelings to be evoked that they get from going to a musical or to a comedy show or to a concert.
Get yourself in those doors. There's ways to get in there.
Kim: I want to talk about this idea of how not having a backup plan, because that is something that I have always said too. It's like we don't need a backup plan. Go all in on your idea. Is that what you believe or is there a different way you look at that?
Jessica: I do. And I say this as someone who initially had the backup plan... I went to college and I'm sure it developed me as a human in ways which fed into what I do, but I definitely think it's slowed down my progress or my getting really into comedy...
It's like we were living in a capitalist country that you're told money is power, which is not untrue. Unfortunately, I don't care about money. I don't like to think about it, but you've got to have a product.
So people say your life will fall apart if you don't go to college and get a career. I understand the fear of taking a leap. And obviously, we all have to do side things or figure out a way to survive. But if you've got your toe in another security door of well, if my dream doesn't work out, I have this job where I'm already climbing the corporate ladder... you're never going to go all the way in. You're going to always lean on the safety net and you're not going to grow and build and get to where you want to go as an artist, unless you dive in.
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