Sometimes when you’re at work, there’s a tension between what you want and what others want.
For instance, I do musical comedy.
Early on, (not so much now), I’d get advised to stop with the guitar and the singing. Some folks don’t like it. In fact, I’ve found everybody hates musical comedy. Except audiences.
I’ll push on with it. I like it. Also, I’m hiding.
I’ll hide if I want. Who cares who any of us really are? Hey, Einstein! Stop hiding behind all that maths and stuff. Tell us about the real you.
This is why I love watching performers like Terry Alderton, Harry Hill, Tommy Cooper, John Hegley… (you finish the list).
“Hey Harry, hey Terry, hey Tommy, hey John – why not consider dropping all that “persona” stuff? The mad skills, the magic tricks, the dazzling and unique poetry… You’re actually quite funny without it.” Sound reasonable?
Like I’ve said before, listen to all the generous advice, but for God’s sake, try not to act on all of it. Take some chances. We don’t need another conformist. Every hit is a surprise hit.
There’s something to be said for being strong where you’re strong, as opposed to where others wish you were strong.
My favourite line about this comes from a performer and promoter who is way successful in both roles. I won’t say who, in case he/she’d prefer not to associate themselves with it.
It’s the best and rudest bit of advice you’ll ever hear. I’ve censored it for a family audience.
“You’ve got to ****1 with the ****2 you’ve got.”
1= make love
2= sexual organ)