Confession # 357 – The Epic Fail
If at first you epically fail, try, try, again…preferably with a light sabre.
So, I am not sure if it is age related or not but in being around a lot of 12 year olds lately (yes, it’s all legal), I have heard the term “Epic Fail” more than I care to recount.
I am here to make two confessions.
1. I was not familiar with this term though a simple Google search has proven that I clearly was kidnapped by aliens for a while and returned to an Earth where this phrase has taken off.
2. I fail all the time. I mean ALL the time. In fact, I am really looking forward to the time when I can be one of those stories you read about where the crazy person kept trying and failing until voila! – something actually worked.
You may wonder what this has to do with you, comedy, anything for that matter. It’s a good question. In fact, my supposition that writing about failing often as a true pre-requesite for ultimate success is a) new or b) interesting to anyone could be yet, you guessed it, another failure. Perhaps not as Epic as TwitFiler, or reaching out to comedians for advice who have “been around the block” to come up more than short-handed or pitching ideas for comedy shows, virtual platforms, writing ideas, scripts, – you name it, to come up, well, with this blog.
I am writing this for a couple of reasons. (I really am over-numerating a lot during this blog, not to mention using big words – for me, at least).
1) The pros all say to take risks, keep trying and that if you’re not failing you’re not trying hard enough or taking enough risks (and this goes for life, by the way, not just comedy).
2) I am putting it “out there” to the universe (which as of today is 6 followers) that I am failing – epically. I am trying things that I am sure some if not all of you are saying “I think he’s crazy” or “he’s delusional” or “I’m not really sure what he’s thinking”. But that’s ok. It really is. It feels way more alive to be trying things and failing, especially when I have nothing to lose, than it does to sit back and just think up ideas and watch the world go by.
I am going to start a running list of my failures with the aforementioned (there – another big word for Marc) as the start. I am never at a loss for ideas and one day, one of them just might stick. One day someone may still say “I don’t know what Marc was thinking…but damn if it didn’t work!”