I’m doing a Half Marathon! In September I’ll be running the Great North Run, a goal I’ve had since completing my first 10k last year. I’m running to raise cash for the National Eczema Society, so if you can donate, please do. Here’s the https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JohnCooperComedy
I’ve done a book. I say I’ve done a book, I’ve written and illustrated it and now seeking a publisher.
I set myself a goal at the beginning of the year to create something ‘solid’ something less ephemeral than stand up. Yeah, you can record a stand-up comedy show and sell it as a CD or try and get a DVD deal with an agent, but it still doesn’t beat the live experience I don’t think, the intended experience. So I’ve written book, a guide more specifically, and I’m excited because it feels new and fresh and I’ve not really taken any advice, save for stuff I’ve picked listening to loads of business podcasts so it could be a big risk. Regardless, I think it’s ace, so I hope others will too.
It’s con-incidental that I’ve completed it in August, Edinburgh festival time, as I never had a timescale on it. While many of my comedy chums are gearing up for a month of shows, I’m off to a printers to look at a sample proof, then payout the equivalent of an Edinburgh show budget to get 150 ‘proof of concept’ copies made.
With all the business books and podcasts I’ve listened to since the beginning of the year, and observing the direction the Edinburgh Festival has gone in, it just made less and less sense to go there as an opportunity to advance, be seen or break through. There is show and there is business, and Edinburgh is now more of the latter. Perhaps it always has been and it’s only recently I’ve been able to see it.
I can draw many comparisons, but very few conclusions. If I indulged my cynical side it would tell me I’m working on a project in and industry I don’t know as it’s easier to be optimistic then in the industry I do know. Time will tell.