“Most young comedians don’t think about being good, they think about being famous.” – Jeff Garlin
A focus on becoming great at your craft eventually adds value to the lives of others. Adding value to the lives of others is how you turn a passion for your craft into a longterm career.
A focus on becoming famous leads to a temporary high for yourself and your audience. Once the high wears off, you may find your audience has moved on to the next one. You will be chasing that first high, forever more.
A focus on becoming great at your craft is a long-term proposition without a finish line. There aren’t any competitors for becoming the best version of yourself. Those around you are peers, teachers and students. You will live in a win-win world.
A focus on becoming famous is a short-term proposition and a race. Those around you are your competitors and when they win, you will be bitter because it wasn’t you. You live in a win-lose world.
Self-confidence born from an increasing mastery of your craft is hard to rock. Others can’t take away your skill or ability to create beautiful things. You are a rooted tree.
Self-confidence born from fame is fleeting at best. It can be taken away and you will feel anxious and scared. You are a tumbleweed.
A focus on becoming great at your craft includes telling your story and that of your work. It will includes wins, but also losses, so that others can learn and find community.
A focus on becoming famous includes telling a story that’s incomplete. It includes only wins, and possibly some smoke and mirrors to enhance the wins. You will fuel the “keeping up with the Joneses” mentality, which is destructive to your community.
Would you rather be good, or famous? Take your pick.