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Jan 28

Spotlight Series: Comedians and the Business of Funny

January 28 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Through this Spotlight Series arts workers will gain resources and strategies for finding opportunities in and out of the business.

Comedians and the Business of Funny

A Spotlight on Comedians with Special Guest Sara Benincasa

Comic actors, writers and stand-up comedians provide much needed relief in an often-changing world. These comedy professionals are vital to the well-being of our society. However, professionals in comedy often rely on income streams dependent on live audiences. Due to the pandemic and today’s uncertainties within the entertainment industry, comedy professionals are struggling to maintain financial stability and agency over their careers.

Come join us for this spotlight on comedy professionals. During this discussion, we will explore:

• Obstacles unique to the world of comedy

• Potential solutions to navigate a landscape of work within comedy, during and after the pandemic

• Self-care practices for comedy professionals

• Resources that can be used to support your comedy career

Time: 12:30-2pm (PT), 2:30-4pm (CT), 3:30-5pm (ET)

About Spotlight

Our Spotlight Series highlights the transferable skills that performing arts and entertainment professionals can use to generate work in other professional arenas. Through this series arts workers will gain resources to expand their career opportunities in and out of the business.

About Sara Benincasa

Sara Benincasa is a comedian, actress, college speaker on mental health awareness, and the author of “Real Artists Have Day Jobs” (William Morrow 2016); “DC Trip” (Adaptive 2015); “Great” (HarperTeen 2014); and “Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom” (William Morrow 2012). She is the host of the stress relief podcast “Well, This Isn’t Normal”.

Sara attended Emerson College and has a degree in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. She has an M.A. in Secondary School Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She’s spoken to dozens of colleges, universities, comedy festivals, writers’ conferences and nonprofit groups about creative writing, storytelling, comedy and mental health awareness.

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About The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.

About The Career Center

The Career Center supports performing arts and entertainment professionals in developing additional streams of income to balance the chronic episodic nature of work within the industry. We use proven career-development and management techniques customized to fit the needs of our community. Through our services performing arts and entertainment professionals learn how to identify their interests and strengths, tie them to a need in them marketplace while leveraging their industry skills into opportunities that connects their overall purpose, increasing both their career and life satisfaction.

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