Week 30: Printing and springing

  • Following the most to-ing and fro-ing there has ever been, Issue 2 of the newspaper is finished! Sent off to print. Now to solve the payments problem.
  • Went to Oxford and wrote a lot of jokes.
  • Two magazine pitches picked up. Interviewing an amazing lady next week, can’t wait.
  • Met up with my repeat interviewee Helen. Discussed her extraordinary fame, and the possibility of working together on something one day.
  • Invoiced/been invoiced at.
  • Finished basic essential content for the Secret Comedy Website. We should be able to get something out for April 1st. Bruno continues to slay it with his graphical contributions.
  • Worked on new BBC Columns.
  • Played in the sunshine! It is summer! For an hour.
  • Things not done: planning talks for next week’s BBC event (which I’ve just noticed is WEDNESDAY) and April’s Space comedy event. Reading of book I’ve promised to review.

But I have thought some things, and here they come.

1. Do things when you don’t want to. It’s the only way. Don’t wait till you feel like it, then you’re at the mercy of mood, whim, weather… If you want to get things done, that is your chief priority and all other priorities fall in behind it. What you feel like doing no longer matters; your only goal is (do this work, write this book, finish this talk) Your ONLY goal. Everything else is irrelevant.

2. Woody Allen is doing the rounds a lot at the moment, perhaps people are worried he might die soon. He is a fast maker inspiration. He makes, he throws away, he makes again. His only goal is to make, and he’s done extremely well out of it. You can make fast, and it will be idiosyncratic, and it will be reviled, and it will be repeated and talked about and self-replicating, and none of it matters. Have fun now, ignore the critics, we’re all getting older – and life, said Woody, is not such a terrible thing to lose.

3. Don’t dine out on feeling special. Another thing I’ve noticed a lot of, on the internet. People trying to carve out a sense of differentness. It might be ego-boosting to stand out, but genuine popularity comes from familiarity. And it’s easy to find that familiarity – if you can let go of the feeling you’re the only person who does something or other, you’ll realise you’re not as different as you think you are.

4. Start the dialogue. Any dialogue. People sometimes put off approaches because they’re worried they’re not positioned quite right yet or they don’t have a concrete idea for a collaboration, or whatever. But I feel strongly that we should start talking to people before we have anything to say. We wheedle our way into the consciousness of future employers through subtle, mysterious corner-of-the-eye stuff. It’s all quite Derren Brown, I think. Just get someone thinking about you in a positive way now – this week. One day you might be working with them.

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