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Life & Work with Chris Kane

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Kane.

Hi Chris, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I got started in comedy accidentally. I had a string of bad dates and would often confide in my friends. They found humor in my heartache and eventually pushed me to do an open mic. I was so excited! I studied a few Katt Williams and Chappelle clips and came on stage with the bravado of a 10-year vet.

Then I bombed… so hard… embarrassingly hard. A weird thing happened though, I wasn’t discouraged. I wasn’t delusional I knew I stunk but it was exhilarating being up there. Instead of quitting, I felt driven to try and improve. That’s still my goal to this day. That was 10 years ago. In between, there were periods of inactivity or stagnation but the stage always called me back.

Before I left Miami, I had to pleasure to work with my unofficial mentor Rob Lee the founder and host of Speak Fridays. It was an amazing experience with some of the most talented artists in the city. Rob showed me more about the hosting and producing side than honing my comedy craft. He allowed me to fail and made me feel like his right-hand man.

When I moved to LA, I knew I wanted to use his template to start my own production. The approach has been grassroots and relationship-based. I knew it would take longer but in the end, what we create will be stronger. Today, I believe Saucy Saturdays and Fridays Funnies is the premier alt-comedy night in the Valley.

Hopefully, your readers will feel the same way.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Performing and producing shows both present their difficulties. This is partly due to the nature of the industry and also my own vision. I demand so much from myself and strive to create the greatest experience for the audience. I also want the performers to feel valued and appreciated.

There are always confounding variables but good preparation goes a long way. The biggest obstacle is consistently selling each show. Despite the quality lineups and various marketing techniques, sometimes it just doesn’t resonate with the people. That falls squarely on my shoulders and trust me, it hurts.

The other big hurdle is finding venues that create a good atmosphere for comedy. You can plug in a microphone and speaker basically anywhere, but certain venues enhance the comedy experience.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
When I’m not on stage, I’m in the gym for personal training. I have been a trainer for the last 11 years with the majority being at Equinox. It’s an amazing job for a creative.

I can set my own hours and get paid well to do it. My clients are really special to me and many become real friends. There are few things more rewarding than watching a client reshape their body and feeling proud of the work they’ve put in. I’m known for infusing my personality into my training.

I have many certs and technical skills but few clients stay with me for my resume alone. It’s the therapeutic alliance you create with them. This means knowing when to push and when to pull back.

It’s picking up on sadness or disinterest. The more alert a trainer is to these, the more the program and experience can be tailored to meet the client’s needs. I’m proud that after all these years, I’m still invigorated to help my clients excel.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Oh geez. Well, the best advice I ever received was to know where you’re going and work towards it. That sounds like advice but I don’t think it helps as much with the micro.

For advice on, that I would say learn and read about marketing and selling. It’s valuable for life but especially for aspiring performers. Eventually, the goal is to have your talent sell itself but before that’s the case, you need to sell yourself.

I know some amazingly talented people who can’t draw a crowd because they aren’t savvy on selling. I have also seen the opposite. You don’t have to be an expert but you should be versed in selling.

Pricing:

  • 20$ Ticket for admission – Saucy Saturdays.

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Valmar Torre-Bruno, Everett Dailey, and Nicole Arjomand

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