30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 4

Write about someone who inspires you

One day not long ago, I sat down and wrote down all of my interests and figured out whether or not I could pursue them and still make enough of a living to support a family. The immediate answer was no. This was my list:

  • Web Design and Development
  • Music
  • Comedy
  • Movies/TV
  • Anything Pop Culture
  • Writing/saying/doing something funny

As you can see, my list of interests is not very lofty. There is nothing altruistic about this list at all. I grew up allowing myself to be enveloped by America’s cultural machinery, which ultimately created the above list. The first thing I can definitely make (and am making) money from, but the rest, not so much. If you are interested in pursuing anything creative or related to the entertainment industry, prepare to be poor for a long time and have your ego destroyed repeatedly. In retrospect, it might have been good I did not take that path initially because I don’t think I could’ve taken it.

Chris Hardwick is pretty much doing everything on my list with the Nerdist empire that he has built over the past five years. He hosts podcasts where he gets to interview pretty much everybody and anybody, moderates panels at Comic Con that would make any nerd weep with joy, hosts a multiple TV shows where he makes a living from what the rest of us just do with our friends on Facebook anyway, and generally gets to bathe in all things nerd.

Hardwick is probably most known for being the co-host of the 90s MTV dating show Singled Out, minor roles in movies and TV shows, and his stand-up comedy. He openly talks about how his recovery from alcoholism (now 11 years sober) enabled him to get to where he is today. Fortunately, I haven’t had to climb out of such a life hole, but we all have our life holes, whether it is something as serious as addiction or just self-doubt. I think if I can achieve 10% of what he has achieved with Nerdist, I’ll be very fulfilled.

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