Advice From The Comic Hack 135 – The “This Might Be Our Thanksgiving Tradition” Edition

Nov 27

Advice From The Comic Hack 135 – The “This Might Be Our Thanksgiving Tradition” Edition

I’m taking the week off because THANKSGIVING.   Before doing so I looked-over the post I put up last year for this day. I am still just as touched, just a moved to tears by this amazing video. I tell you – a lot, to be products of your past, nit victims of it. Hear it again, better. Last Year I wrote: I hope you are each and every one thankful and have much to be thankful for. I certainly do. Enjoy yourself. Love yourself. Respect yourself. I’m taking today off  – enjoy this amazing poem. I wish I had ever written anything as beautiful and moving as this.  It’s still one of the most poignant things I have ever seen.      “If you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself GET A BETTER...

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Advice From The Comic Hack 134 – The “So You Want to Work at a Renaissance Festival, part two” Edition

Nov 20

Advice From The Comic Hack 134 – The “So You Want to Work at a Renaissance Festival, part two” Edition

(Editor’s note: A version of this week’s column originally appeared on the page where this column got its start – the Renaissance Festivals Facebook Page. All  of those original columns have been removed and a choice selection of them will be appearing in the upcoming book “The Comic Hack’s Guide to Life”.  An updated version of this column was later published for the blog of  the brilliant and beautiful Rhonni  D at Festivalprose.com – Please enjoy today’s Déjà vu edition  – which we’re reprinting because we’ve been asked to several times this season to revisit this question)   So you want to work at the Renaissance Festival? People often ask me how they should go about “running away and joining the circus” that is the Renaissance Festival. I am often asked for guidance, advice and tips on how to become a part of this wacky world. This column is the finale of a two part series on the wonderful world of Renaissance Festival Employment. The first installment described the stalwart staff of the Crafts, Foodservice, and Gaming divisions. Today we take on the Prima Donnas; The Entertainers Full disclosure: An earlier version of this article first appeared in my advice column on Facebook and will feature prominently in my upcoming book as well as appearing at festivalprose.com. What do I want from you in return for this incredibly valuable information on how to GET A JOB at the RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL? All  I  ask you is to pretty- please: Submit questions for future columns to advicequestions@tortugatwins.com. While you’re at it;  “Liking” “Sharing” and Commenting” Doesn’t that just feel right? I should also mention – I’ve created a Facebook page for this column too: facebook.com/comichacksguide.      Really?  You want to work at the Renaissance Festival? Are you a show-off? Do you like playing dress-up? Are you funny (or do you just think you’re funny)?  Do you wish to set yourself up for epic rejection for rewards as meager as applause? Can you REALLY not find something better to do with seven to forty weekends of your year? If you have answered “Yes” to these questions, you just might want to consider a “career” as a Renaissance Festival Entertainer! I understand your shame and your pain. I too have stood-up in the meetings and declared, “I am Scaramouche Tortuga, and I’m an entertainer”....

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Advice From The Comic Hack 133 – The “So You Want to Work at a Renaissance Festival, part one” Edition

Nov 13

Advice From The Comic Hack 133 – The “So You Want to Work at a Renaissance Festival, part one” Edition

(Editor’s note: A version of this week’s column originally appeared on the page where this column got its start – the Renaissance Festivals Facebook Page. All  of those original columns have been removed and a choice selection of them will be appearing in the upcoming book “The Comic Hack’s Guide to Life”.  An updated version of this column was later published for the blog of  the brilliant and beautiful Rhonni  D at Festivalprose.com – Please enjoy today’s Déjà vu edition  – which we’re reprinting because we’ve been asked to several times this season to revisit this question)   So you want to work at the Renaissance Festival? People often ask me how they should go about “running away and joining the circus” that is the Renaissance Festival. I am often asked for guidance, advice and tips on how to become a part of this wacky world. Today’s column is part one of a two-part series where I tell you how to find, secure and advance in employment in this unique working and living environment.  Full disclosure: A longer, naughtier version of this article first appeared in my advice column on Facebook and will feature prominently in my upcoming book. What do I want from you in return for this incredibly valuable information on how to GET A JOB at the RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL? All  I want to ask you is to pretty- please Submit questions for future columns to advicequestions@tortugatwins.com. While you’re at it;  “Liking” “Sharing” and Commenting” Doesn’t that just feel right? I should also mention – I’ve created a Facebook page for this column too: facebook.com/comichacksguide.    Really?  You want to work at the Renaissance Festival? First you need to ask yourself: “Why? Why would you WANT to do this?” Are you mad at your parents? Are you punishing yourself? Perhaps you should lie down and wait for this funny feeling to pass? Did that crazy desire go away? No? Okay next you’ll have to ask yourself “What do I want to do?” “What skills and talents do I have?” What do I want out of this adventure: Money, fun, fulfillment or just puppies?” Ask yourself “What are my priorities?”  And most importantly “Are my underwear clean?” This week I will cover employment in the many positions outside...

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