One of the main issues we have as entertainers is we have is getting paid gigs on a consistent basis. Therefore, it's important for you to explore other ways to make money until you build enough of a reputation to earn your living from stand up comedy, music, or whatever you are trying to accomplish in the entertainment industry.
One way to earn money is through affiliate programs. Basically what this means is you post ads for other companies' products on your website. Then when your visitors click on the advertisement and end up purchasing, you earn a percentage of the sale. It's a great way to make residual income.
Soon, I am going to experiment with affiliate programs on my website. I tried it once before, but did not have much success. However, I have learned some things since my first attempt. One thing I found out is you should promote products that are related to your business. For example, if you are a stand up comedian, try promoting other products related to comedy. Associateprograms.com has a list of humor affiliate programs you can check out HERE.
If you don't promote products that are related to your website, you're not going to make money. For example, if you write a blog on parenting or religion, putting banners on your site from Foulmouthshirts.com isn't going to get you any sales. However, doing just that would get you some VERY interesting emails from your readers! :>