One of my favorite Funny or Die videos ever. Stick with it.
Ben and Dan had some good & important things to say about this.
I’ll just add that the video itself is showcasing the correct response to feeling creatively hollowed-out or walled-in by the pressure to create something viral. Just take those desperate feelings and turn them into comedy. Then, I don’t know, treat yourself to a grilled cheese and a milkshake. Pop open your laptop and lose yourself in the creative nonsense all your internet friends are making.
Eh, I’d rather make 1,000 “Gungan Style”s then have to make one sales call.
EDIT: I NOW REALIZE HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS AND I WANT TO SAY IT IN A LONG WINDED POST NOW THEN.
In the past four years, I’ve had a full time job making Internet comedy videos. I’ve made VERY SUCCESSFUL ONES I AM PROUD OF and VERY SUCCESSFUL ONES I TRY TO FORGET and VERY UNSUCCESSFUL ONES I AM PROUD OF and VERY UNSUCCESSFUL ONES I WILL PAY SOMEONE A MODERATE SUM TO ERASE FROM THE INTERNET IF POSSIBLE.
So yes, there have been a ton of ups and downs and mixed feelings on how I’ve been spending my early to mid twenties.
BUT AT THE SAME TIME
-I’ve directed over three hundred video sketches and written around a hundred. I’ve been able to experiment and try new things with money and support and bosses that have allowed me to explore.
-I’ve met and become close with some of the funniest, nicest people in comedy in New York City. Being a part of Landline and Jest and CH has allowed me to meet about 10 new hilarious, well adjusted people once a week.
-I’ve made two short films that have been creatively satisfying 100% with no compromises at all. Here’s a scene to one sorry had to do it @ me you guys on twitter, @ me.
-I’ve learned about the business and how to collaboratively interact with people on a daily basis.
SO I’D SAY I’VE HAD A PRETTY GOOD TIME THEN.
If I have to make videos every now and then that pander to wide audience, then so be it. I’m happy and lucky to be employed by a place that allows me a creative free swim for the better part of the day. The trade off is fair and the trade off exists for pretty much everybody.
As I said, I’d much rather take this then having to make a living doing something lame, like testing lotion on boars or something. I only say something that ridiculous because I know it’s not a real job and I didn’t want to offend anyone with a real job.
So it’s a funny video and I enjoyed it and it legitimately made me sad between when I saw it and now. But now I feel good and am happy I saw this, because it led me to realize these things.
GOODNIGHT, 357 PEOPLE.