How have you all been? I’ve admitted to myself that I’m a grown up and that the podcast and my standup are only going to become my career when I give them the same energy I would give a job I was doing for someone else. My listeners ARE paying me now and I want to rise to the occasion, not just for them but for myself. I’m buckling down and focusing my energy on raising the quality of the podcast, approaching my stand up strategically (going on tour, figuring out how to reach a wider audience, you know, investing in my future with a narrative of success).
I’m not sure if it’s a me thing, or a woman thing, the impulse to prioritize anything but myself, to regard my dreams as unreachable, but I’m trying something new. I’m doing something radical (for me), I’m believing in myself, investing my time and energy in my projects with the belief that such an investment will pay off.
I’m feeling good!
I sat down and mapped out what I wanted to achieve and put my head in the fucking game. How can I get more listeners? What do successful podcasts do that I’m not? If Twitter isn’t effective for marketing, what other things can I do that I haven’t been? It might seem silly that I never did this before, but I think as a creative I’ve always believed in the “if you build it, they will come” mentality. I had to get honest with myself, that approach is far too passive.
So, I came up with a plan, a business plan if you will, a series of new actions I can take to expand my reach and up the quality of my output. Not surprisingly, I’ve found my mood much better, my anxieties greatly lessened, and a sense of empowerment as I move forward.
This week’s interview on OBSERVATIONS is with stand up Allen Strickland Williams https://twitter.com/totallyallen ! We talk about comedy and social justice, satire, how far is too far, and if such a thing exists. We talk about Kathy Griffin and her Trump Stunt.
You can listen on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/sovereignsyre on iTunes, on Stitcher, on the Laughable app, and of course you can stream from the player on my site: http://sovereignsyre.net/observations
I just came off of the West Coast leg of my tour with Alia Janine, Alia and Sovereign Do America. The tour was a learning experience to be sure. As much as I promoted on Twitter and Facebook and even going on the radio and other podcasts, it was hard to pull in crowds. We ended in breaking even, which I’m still happy about. I learned from other producers we met that we should have been reaching out earlier to local arts magazines and blogs, sending fliers to the venues, things I just hadn’t really thought about. It was heartening though, because I learned there is more you can do than just putting a link on Twitter. Like I said, I’m buckling down, and taking the business part of my business into my own hands. We weren’t deterred. We’re already planning the next leg of the tour, through the South West. I’ll be posting more info as I go.
I’m also going to be at the Arte Pad festival at the end of the month working out my hour!
As always, I have stand up spots through the month. You can find all my dates and ticketing info on my site: http://sovereignsyre.net/shows/
I’m going to start a new exercise, taping three new minutes of stand up each week in my living room. I’m going to make these available to my patrons on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/sovereignsyre)a week before everyone else. But I’m excited to see how strong it makes me as a stand up.
I’ve also gathered all of my podcast appearances and web series guest spots into one place on my site: http://sovereignsyre.net/media
This week in art: I’ve been working on a joke about masturbation that includes a reference to Jean-Baptiste Belley (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste_Belley). Belley was the first black deputy to take a seat at the Convention in Revolutionary France. When his portrait was commissioned, there was some controversy over the depiction of his large generative organ. Over time it’s been written about as an example of the image in the European mind of the black man as a savage, a stud horse full of animalistic sexual appetites. I’ll post my bit in the future as I work it out.
The Stand Ups came out on Netflix this week and the Fortune Feimster segment is really great and worth a watch. Also go back and watch the episode of Chelsey she references in her set. I’ve also fallen in love with Chelsea Handler all over again. Go watch the episode where she visits England.
Jackie Kashian was on Conan and she killed it. The last show of the tour at Nerdmelt was supposed to feature Marc Maron, but he had to cancel. Jackie came in last minute and saved the day. I love her.
Watch it here:
Also, if you haven’t yet, you should go pick up a copy of Tyler Knight’s memoir about his life in porn. It’s a top seller on Amazon and a true literary achievement.
Amazing photographer Allan Amato photographed me for his new coffee table book Seraph. Order it here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1193179890/seraph
Finally! I have a Patreon. I’m still tinkering around here and there, but there are new rewards, new tiers, a new break down of costs and an accounting of where that support is going. Please consider pledging! If 1/12th of my Twitter followers pledged $1.00 a month I would be at the financial goal needed to manifest all of my projects and get them back out to you!!!
If you’re not in the position to pledge a really helpful thing you can do is post on your social media about the Patreon or about the podcast so that it reaches more people.
I’m also adding a new feature to the podcast. I want your questions! Ask for life advice, my opinion on politics or social issues. Anything you like. I’ll talk about them in the podcast in a new segment I’m adding. After I was on Not So Nice Advice with Chuck Nice he strongly encouraged me to consider adding such a component to the show.
If you want to listen to those episodes you can find them listed on my site: http://sovereignsyre.net/media
Well, that’s all for this week!