Favorite Quotes Vol. 42: What is entrepreneurship?

You think a career in the theater is tough?  You should try stand-up comedy.

It’s just you on that stage.  Nothing else.  No sets.  No costumes.  Just you.  And an audience drunker than the one at The Awesome 80s Prom (and that is saying a lot).

It takes a certain breed of artist-epreneur (which is my new term for all of us who pursue a life in an artistic profession) to pursue a career in comedy.

But that didn’t stop Kevin Hart, who was raised in North Philly, whose father was a cocaine addict, and who was booed so badly at his first couple of shows, someone actually threw a piece of chicken at him.

He kept at it.  And slowly but surely, he got good at it.  (That’s what usually happens when you keep practicing something anything).  And then he developed his own purple style, and got great at it.

And like the artist-epreneur he is, he didn’t stop at comedy, but released an app, developed a kick a$$ (dollar signs intentional) vid game and that’s just the start, I’m sure.

When asked about entrepreneurship, this is what Kev had to say:

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.

Well said, don’t you think?

So when you’re facing a battle of a day (like the one I had yesterday, actually), remember that whatever slog you’re in, no matter where you are in your career, it will be worth it as long as you keep at it and keep practicing.  There is a reward on the other side.  And fortune, fame . . . that’s not even what I’m talking about.

The reward is seeing your project, your play, your dreams . . . happening right before your eyes.

And it could be worse.  You could be a stand-up comedian.


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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.