This past weekend, my beautiful better half, took me to a Tegan and Sara concert. Tegan and Sara are a Canadian sister group who started out simply as a guitar playing duo. Now that they have achieved a certain level of mainstream success, they are certainly poised to get even bigger.
During the concert, which we attended in Flagstaff, Arizona, Tegan took a moment to speak to the audience and reflected on their last trip to Flagstaff, pointing out that they were so happy to be in town playing for a sold out crowd. During their last stop there, they were touring with a more well known group and performed for 10 people, as the opening act. She continued to speak about how they were able to sell enough merchandise at each show to continue to tour from city to city. At the end of their tours, they would often go home in less than perfect shape. Often heading home, skinnier than usual, malnourished, diarrhea plagued and financially broke, they appreciated every minute of it and could not imagine that life could get any better. After all, they were doing what they loved, performing across the country and gaining more and more fans along the way. Tegan and Sara have been playing together for over a decade and are now achieving the level of success they never dreamed of.
Rather than go in to specifics on how this applies to performers in stand up comedy, I will leave you to apply this experience to your own life. The road to success comes at a heavy price and is never an overnight occurrence. The question is, how long are you willing to wait? How far are you willing to go? How long are you willing to hang on while your efforts are recognized by only a few people?
There are no short cuts..
After telling their tale of the long, hard road, Tegan and Sara performed the following song, written about coming home to a less than enthusiastic partner, who refused to hang around during their musical journey. Enjoy!