In retrospect, the decision to move to Los Angeles was easy. The hard part has been persevering, banking (emotionally, financially) successes to be used in leaner times. Keeping going.
Pursuing this path has been the hardest thing I’ve done so far, because it runs totally counter to my nature. I am/was not patient, and the entertainment biz’s mantra is “hurry up and wait.”
It has also been hard to recognize what to quit and what to continue. I haven’t done stand-up much in a year because after I performed in Las Vegas (stage time there was fun, rest of the trip was not) it wasn’t fun anymore. When something isn’t fun, that doesn’t mean quit it, but you ought to know why you’re doing it then. I can always pick it up where I left off, and probably benefit from a different perspective gained during the hiatus.
There are tons of familiar faces in this early-’00s profile of the UCB theater, including Amy Poehler, Paul Scheer, Rob Riggle, Rob Huebel, and The Office’s Zach Woods, who started taking classes when he was still a teenager. As he says in High-Status Characters: “Growing up, I had this whole fantasy of what my life would be like as a jazz musician. Improv was a similar world, in a way—a bunch of people not really making any money in a bunch of dirty basements.”