|Posted by aaronpabon on October 31, 2018 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
Haven't posted a blog post in a while.
In over 13 years of performing stand up comedy, I have been told that you have to keep at it, keep trying, and keep going. In that time, I have performed at over 200 conventions or events for thousands of geeks, nerds, gamers, and otakus.
However, in the past two years, I felt that I was in a slump with comedy and going to conventions for a variety of reasons. Reasons that made me consider retiring from comedy, and to another extent, conventions.
When it came to the thought of leaving comedy, it was partially due to the social landscape changing or wondering if a joke was to outrageous or offensive. Over time I have decided to retire some jokes, and some were revamped, but this felt forced at times.
Another thing that made me consider leaving comedy and cons was due to the way event organizers and staffers have treated me or attendees. I big issue I had in the past was getting a response from a con saying "we already had you as a guest" or follow up with "one of our staffers didn't think you were funny" (despite filling a room full of con goers).
And unfortunately life gets in the way. Some good things got in the way like marriage, or traveling to Japan, buying a new house, and starting a new career. Then there were bad bumps like legal issues, financial issues, becoming a gaming journalist and the unnecessary drama that followed it, and the occasional personal drama.
Then there were personal achievements I have been trying to hit.
For a long time, I have been caught up with trying to get on the 50 Plus club on Animecons.com. A number that I had made 4 times over a while ago, however many of the events and conventions are not on the site for whatever reasons. My goal for getting on the 50 Plus club has both been a personal achievement I have been wanting to hit since I started my career in conventions, and honestly, a way to help boost my credibility for performing at conventions.
It’s been a goal that has consumed me and sidetracked me.
This, and life in general, has prevented many passion projects from getting off the ground. For over ten years I have been trying to film a comedy special at a con, or start a web series, and in that time, I have only produced three pilots for two shows.
Geeks didn't take off.
Late Night @ The Con is a logistical nightmare.
I got booked at less shows each year.
I felt like I was not going anywhere.
Things changed a few months ago when an old friend of mine asked for my help at a convention in my area at the last minute to help out the cosplay department.
I wasn't asked to perform comedy, emcee, or host anything. I was asked to help a very talented group of cosplayers that were putting together a Sailor Moon musical for the con. At first, it was basic crowd control, but then changed to assisting them with their audio tech.
I don't know what exactly happened. Maybe it was seeing these young, idealistic con goers, or woking an event with a friend that I helped bring into the con world becoming a master of his own; but it revitalized my interest and outlook of what conventions can and should be.
I sat down and decided to reassess everything that I want to do, and everything I need to do.
Aside from writing new and updated material; I have a few basic projects I have been wanting to launch, and really shoot for things for the future
The goal for 2019 and beyond is to begin production on 1 comedy special, 1 film short, 1 web series, and 2 podcasts.
I am in talks with a talented video team to help with filming the comedy special, to be filmed live at a convention.
The film short is for a tokusatsu idea I have been writing on, working on for years. As for the web series, it is convention related that I have put on the back burner that I am re formulating. The 2 podcasts will be announced at a later time.
Let's get busy!
|Posted by aaronpabon on September 30, 2016 at 5:20 AM||comments (0)|
So not to long ago, I posted a video on my YouTube channel my return to comedy this year.
While I cant wait to be back on a stage in front of you, I more so can't wait for 2017 to roll around.
The reason I can't wait is because I am finally going to be able to go into production on a project that I have been mulling over for a while, and a project I announced in my video update.
Late Night at the Con is a late night web talk show, that will be filmed live at conventions.
[email protected] will showcase the con, showing viewers what they may have missed at the con. Other content includes guest interviews, music, comedy sketches, and geek news.
My team is talking to a slew of cons, and cant wait to announced our show run for 2017.
If you want Late Night @ the Con at your con, shoot me a message at [email protected] to book it.