When I'm slinging hash at the ole Day Job, I get asked a lot if I do stand-up. "I'm standing up right now!" is my reply. I was once asked if I was trying out new material on one table. I wasn't. I was, like them, also from the Bay Area and know its reputation.
I don't do stand up.
I'm funny, I'm witty. Doing stand up seems like starting all over again in another acting realm which is daunting and scary to me. I'm too chicken to do stand up.
A few nights ago, one guy said, "Whoever puts you in a sitcom is going to make a lot of money." When I was younger, I reveled in this stuff. People liked me! They really liked me! I used to work at Universal Citywalk where we got mostly tourists and I had to affirm for them that yes, every server in Los Angeles IS indeed an actor and they'd all laugh. But I'd also get a lot of "You're gonna make it!"s, a lot of, "You've got that 'it' factor!"s.
And lately, things sort of seem like maybe I'm on the cusp of starting to take off. I have already booked the same amount of projects as I did in 2009, and already made more money at it. It's not yet May. This is a big deal for me. They're all small projects, but work begets work. The more people know me, the more work I'll get.
It's awesome to keep getting affirmations at my job, but I want to jump from affirmations to people who say, "I'm in a position where I can help you," and "You're perfect for this project I'm producing," and how bout a "I want you as a series regular on my [MAJOR NETWORK SHOW HERE]" while we're at it.
I wish more casting directors ate where I worked.