What would happen if you tried something that could be an EPIC FAIL, but it made you happy?
Well, I’ve been doing that for the last couple of months. I started doing crazy, loud, over-the-top recaps of my favorite television show, Scandal. I started doing the recaps out of boredom. I was bored to tears with coaching, because, well, I’m an artist. I’m a performer. I found it impossible to give people what they needed, because I wasn’t creating anything myself. In between speaking gigs, I had a little too much free time.
As a comic and entertainer, I was starving to death. I had no place to perform. I had all this material written, but I had no stage. I couldn’t travel to Wichita or Little Rock to perform for free. I couldn’t just leave the family and run off to New York or LA to pursue my big dream. But, I found a way to DO IT ANYWAY.
Since I started doing my recaps, my engagement on YouTube has expanded by over 1500%. I have a loyal and engaged following, and I am grateful.
I’m so glad I used what I had to do something I love. I’m enjoying my new adventure as a sit-down comic.
Over the last few weeks, I have gotten recognition for the Official Scandal website, from the executive producers, actors on the show are following me on Twitter, and the art department on the show frequently quotes me. As a writer, being quoted is HUGE. I’m also a Cosmo girl. I was interviewed by Cosmo Magazine Online, and featured in their coverage of the show.
I’m not curing cancer. I’m not health coaching the shit out of people. I’m not selling you the latest $10,000 mastermind. I’m entertaining people right from my living room. I’m loving every single second of it.
It was never my intent to have any of this happen. My intent was to have fun and talk about my favorite show, but what’s been happening is amazing. I have a renewed sense of creativity. I feel like I’m back on my true path. I am also having so much fun.
I’m not sure what the future holds, but I’m sure of this: I have found my dream job! A few months ago, I sent an e-mail to my homegirl, Laura Belgray, of the TalkingShrimp.com and I told her my dream job would be to watch TV and talk about watching TV. The other day, Laura sent me an e-mail of encouragement, but the title of it made me misty-eyed: Living the Dream. Laura is writer and a brilliant comedienne. She’s naturally funny, and she writes hysterical promos and produces TV. I admire her talent, but mostly I admire her generosity.
I am living my dream. I watch TV. I talk about watching TV. I make people laugh and think in the process. Now, I just have to figure out how to get paid.
TANGELA EKHOFF: COMIC RECAPPER FOR HIRE. WILL RECAP TV SHOWS, WEDDINGS, FUNERALS, FIGHTS, and BAR MITVAHS.
What can you do right now to live your dream, even if you don’t get rich or famous? Well, do it anyway. No one is stopping you.
If you want to donate to my funny fund, click the donate button to the right. If you want to hire me to recap your TV show or in-home natural childbirth, send an e-mail to tangela at tangelaekhoff dot com. Production companies can also hire me as a creative consultant, which basically means you pay for me to be your own personal giggle igniter and because I am such a TV junkie, I can tell you exactly why your show may be sucking…
Thank you for reading and most of all thank you for being a part of my dream coming true.