Having a passion to be passionate about fills my heart with such passion. But there are those times when being fully immersed in said passion can wear you down and start affecting your work. Passionately. Especially when, as humans, we live for so much more than just one thing.
Allow yourself the opportunity to take a brief break from doing what you love. I myself had no stand up shows in the last two weeks, which was crappy, but then I had a really great set at Yuk Yuk’s on Wednesday . I’m not talking about taking a nine-month hiatus because you have better things to do in the warmer months of the year, just embrace a break when one comes along instead of cursing it. It’ll make you a better passionateer.
1) Time to Reflect
For me, not having to go on a stage for two weeks to retell the same handful of jokes that I’ve been working on was a blessing. I came back with a fresh approach and appreciation for my material which had me more excited and the audience enjoyed it more. And while you may not being doing shows, you can still be writing new material, exploring older stuff, or trying to come at your material from a different prospective, all of which will make you a more exciting and engaging performer when you hit the stage again!
2) A Chance to Heal
Even the most confident person can have their feelings hurt like a little girl in the schoolyard. Even comedians are humans that have feeeeelings. And there are times when you have show after show that just doesn’t go the way you’d hope, and that can really get to a person. Comedians have the tendency to become jaded and fall into a downward spiral of negativity when they’re in this type of situation. But the thing is, this happens to everyone.
Taking a brief intermission from doing shows five nights a week can give you a much-needed chance to focus on the many other aspects of your life for a moment and allow you to regain your confidence and come back at full strength. On Wednesday night, I had no preconceived notion of how the show would go, I got up there and delivered joke after BRILLIANT joke with the confidence of a thousand nonchalant house cats because I felt fresh again. Meow, bitches.
3) Take a Load Off
Constantly being “on” is tiring and stressful. Taking a break means that you can be more casual about your brainstorming and writing. It’s like anything, if it’s forced, it’s harder and less sincere. Working with less pressure gives your brain the freedom to find the funny in anything, instead of searching for it in everything.
When you find yourself under those stage lights again, you’ll find your jokes more fun to perform and easier to play around with because you’ll be free of all the stress and anxiety that tends accumulate.
Taking a break: It’s a day spa for your wits.