Didn’t utter a single word my first day of kindergarten. No surprise I became a veracious reader and quickly outgrew every book in my school libraries. Kudos to my Grade 9 English teacher for biting her tongue when I chose Joyce Maynard’s steamy To Die For as book report fodder.
Comedy nerd long before it was cool.
The first bar I snuck into underage was a comedy club. Jim Carrey was my first celebrity crush. I cried after Johnny Carson’s last show. I decorated my locker door with pics of the original SNL cast.
None of this made me popular, but it did give me a sweet niche when I went to journalism school.
Despite paralyzing stage fright, my comedian friends convinced me to get on stage for five minutes. I didn’t completely suck.
Cut to: me going to New York City to study improv and comedy writing with Emmy-winners who destroyed my fear and blew my creative brain wide open.
Unexpected side effect: now I love doing shit that scares me.
Didn’t go to ad school.
I did eventually go to clown school — but the only thing I can juggle is multiple deadlines (hey-o).
Seriously, though: no training better teaches you how to communicate through empathy, and embrace ridiculous ideas.
It all makes sense.
Journalism and comedy made me a great copywriter.
All are about connecting with your audience and making them receptive to your message. Constructing a tagline is just as intricate as constructing a joke or an article’s lead. Successfully pitching Vanity Fair was tougher than any client presentation I’ve led.
Saved some surprises for you.
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Tl;dr: I’m still a weird kid. Minus the kindergarten vow of silence.