When I graduated from University, the keynote speaker stood up and said “Look Around!” When we all stayed still he yelled, “This isn’t film! Look! Around!” So we did. Dutifully.
After staring in the faces of my fellow seated comrades he said, “Take a good look at these faces, because these are the people who will be hiring you.”
This adage has proved true all the way to today. There is no opportunity in New York, Los Angeles, anywhere that can be done completely alone.
So mind your friends and keep them close. And get this:
If your friends are in a show (no matter how sh*&&y it sounds) GO SEE IT.
This is advice that I heard from Camryn Manheim: If your friends are in a 6 hour rendition of Medea done in chicken suits spoken in Aramaic.
Go see it!
If your friends are in a poetry slam where the theme is “Why I hate people like you.”
Go see it!
If your friend is doing stand-up and you KNOW in your heart of hearts that the person is UN-funny. Get your a** in a seat.
Why you ask?
Quid pro quo is why.
The definition of Quid Pro Quo as I have Googled in Wikipedia is:
Quid pro quo is a legal term for the transaction of valued items or favors, in return for giving something of value. Quid pro quo is generally used when the balance of equity and the quid pro quo are excessively “in question”.
For a contract to be binding, it usually must involve consideration, that is, the exchange of something of quantifiable value for something of relatively equal value.
RELATIVELY EQUAL VALUE.
This means that if YOU go see your friends version of Hamlet, set in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book – . he or she is OBLIGED to come to your three hour one woman show of how-my-mom-came-to-this-country-and-worked-her-a**-off-so-I-could-go-try-to-make-it-in-a-luxury-profession. And if they come and laugh, laugh, laugh or cry, cry, cry, that will get you noticed, which brings us to the MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL!
MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL
Do good work, in a public forum.
So go. Really. Go.