You know how normal people struggle with going to the gym?
That's how I feel about open mics. I just don't even consider the gym. Let's be serious. The mic is like my homework. I kick and scream about doing it, but if I just go, I usually like it. When I'm done I feel accomplished. It helps me learn...blah blah blah and other metaphors applicable to homework.
If you don't know the open mic deal, basically you get there super early, sign up on a list, and wait for your 3-5 minutes of glory. When I say "wait", I mean "WAIT" for sometimes like 3 hours. It's clear why my body is resistant to mics, but I keep telling myself if someone said to you, "If you do this for a year with commitment, you will get everything you want professionally." Of course, no one has exactly said that and we all know the is no guarantee. But Jerry Seinfeld did say and I'm paraphrasing, "If you work hard and you're good. You'll find work." So...he's somebody. I'm trying a new mic tonight, Hallenbeck in North Hollywood. I shall report back.
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Gillian Bellinger is an LA based comic rockin' it in the free world.