Prepare yourself for some crazy laughs as Hannah shares about her time working in big tobacco as a territory sales manager right out of college. Her job was to be well versed in all things tobacco, including determining if her store’s smokes were “moist” enough. ewww gross! She was in charge of 140 stores so we know the stories she has are extensive & hilarious. We even got an “act out” of an improv character on the spot in honor of her time with Marlboro because the most transferable skill from that job was research for character development. Prepare to meet Minnesota Judy. She’s a sassy one.
Hannah also shares with us how she bombed so badly on stage during one of her first improv performances that she wanted to sink off of the stage and quit. Lucky for us, she stuck with it and now lives to tell the story of how she kept showing up when faced with failure and persevered to make this particular weakness her superpower.
When she first moved to Atlanta, she spent 4 nights a week on stage doing improv because she knew it was a patience game, but she chose to be proactive while she waited for her moments to shine.
“You can be patient, but also be impatient by jumping on every possible open stage there is and working out the kinks as fast as you can.”
From little T Rex falling down on the stage (you’ll have to listen to get the details of this story) to Improv Boss… When she found her “genius” it felt like euphoria and a light bulb moment. Understanding timing, patience in a joke, speed, needs, setups, etc. the ease to be able to carry herself on stage. That’s when she dropped into her flow. Through patience and consistently showing up.
Other gems we dropped during this chat include:
- Trusting your choices
- Balance & clarity for what she wants out of life
- Sacrifices that have had to be made for her career
- How she handles feedback on social media
- The responsibility of comedians and content creators for what they put into the world.
- Decision making
- Her love of therapy
- and much more
Hannah wanted to be good at her job. She wanted to be the best, so she chose to keep going even when she failed because she knew it was her calling. Patience and allowed her to grow through the process.
“Fail all the time.” Do something that is gonna make you feel like you’re gonna fail.
Failure is the greatest teacher. It’s information to show you what you like, what you don’t like and how you should adjust as you move through life. Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid of staying still and not taking risks.
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