Amy Poehler is all about giving advice to young comedians- but her advice (like her career) is not for the weak!
The comedian offered some words of wisdom at the Upright Citizen Brigade‘s Del Close 17th Annual Marathon in New York City on Friday. Between perfoming and doing press conferences, the Parks and Recreation star told aspiring comedians that it’s super important to figure out why they really want to break into the business.
“If the goal is doing good stuff and working with your friends … if you’re doing that then you’re succeeding,” Poehler said. “If the goal is to be famous and make money – then you’re in real trouble.”
Poehler, 43, added, “It happens rarely and when that is your goal – being famous and making money – then you’re not paying attention to the things that will make you money. It’s a long life. It’s a long process. It’s a hard business this business doing comedy. It’s not for the weak. It’s not for the weak to be living in New York. It’s hard.”
Hear, hear. I’m glad Amy’s so realistic about her career, and especially when talking to others. While talented, she’s also extremely lucky and I know she wants to articulate the fact that comedy doesn’t often mean fame and glory. It’s the process!
Are you inspired by her words? I am.