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I've always wanted to perform, but I was a fat, black girl growing up in a predominantly white area. I didn't see a way that someone like me could become an actress or a singer. I've always made career choices that would allow me to work adjacent to my dreams. I've worked in TV. I went to seminary and have worked in ministry. For the past 8 years, I've been a business writer, corporate trainer and coach. I never wanted to be a standup comedian. I wanted to act and sing and write! I mean, I was funny and I admired comics, but I wanted to get paid to PRETEND to be a funny person. I didn't see anything funny about just being myself alone on stage. UNTIL LAST YEAR! Finally, at the age of 41, I decided to pursue my performing dreams. I moved to L.A. after being laid off from my job. Soon after arriving, I realized that there weren't a lot of casting calls for 20-something-looking 40-year-olds like me. If I was going to perform, I'd have to write and develop my own content. Unsure of how to do that, I found a standup comedy class and I was instantly hooked! I did my first performance in front of a live audience on December 20, 2015. (My 2-minute submission for this contest is from that night.) Since then, I have been performing at different shows and clubs in L.A. I AM A COMEDIAN NOW!!! And I think I'm pretty darn good one. Now, if I can just find a way to make money at it!

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