So you want to make stand up comedy a career? I have been doing stand up comedy for five years. From my experience, I have learned a lot. Here are some steps you can take to take your career to the next level.
1. Buy Your Own Domain Name
Almost every comedian I know has a MySpace and Facebook account. Almost none of them have their own website. If you want to stand out from the competition, having your own website will definitely help. Potential clients will take you more seriously and know you mean business.
2. Purchase Quality Business Cards
Stay away from the "free" business cards you get from VistaPrint. They are cheap, but I can assure you: in this situation, you get what you pay for. Spend some extra money and get quality business cards that are glossy and are printed on both sides. Use Adobe Photoshop to create your design. If you are artistic, create some killer graphics. If not, a simple design with your photograph and contact information is sufficient. If you want these type of business cards at a great price, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can find a supplier for you.
3. Get a Professional Headshot
Most professional comedy clubs and acting jobs require you to submit a professional 8X10 black and white headshot for you to be considered for work. Have a photographer or business knowledgeable in this take your pictures. Once your photograph has been produced, you can get reprints done for a reasonable price. I recommend using ABC Pictures for reprints.
4. Make Your Website Worth Visiting
Most comedians that do have websites only have demo videos of their stand up comedy. You can do better than that. Write a blog that is entertaining and helpful to your fellow comedians and others. Post information about upcoming comedy shows in your area. Become knowledgeable in designing websites and search engine optimization.
5. Video Production
Keep your videos under two minutes if possible. People's attention spans are generally short, and you don't want to lose them. At the end of your video, have your website listed to draw traffic to your site.
As I said, people's attention spans are short, so I am going to wrap this up for today. I want this blog to continue to be an excellent resource for everybody. What topics interest you? What other questions do you want answered?