I recently asked my fans in a Facebook post what they wanted to know about me, because I was going to take some of their questions and answer them in my next blog. I thought for sure I would get hundreds of questions, but unfortunately (or fortunately), Facebook does this thing where it doesn’t show my posts to everyone. Out of 320k followers (humble brag), it only reached about 750 people. Or maybe everyone was just busy living their lives and not hanging out on Facebook waiting for Q&As to happen. Either way, I narrowed the 12 questions down to these five.
Emily Patridge asked: Have you always had a knack for making other people laugh? Were you a class clown or just always witty?
Well Emily, I never really knew I was stand out funny. Like, I knew I could make people laugh, but to me that was just normal. I come from a very funny family. My grandpa has always made practical jokes since I was a kid. My dad is the king of one-liner comebacks. Although, the older he gets the cheesier his one-liners get. I had a teacher in high school that would really encourage me and tell me that I was funny and such a performer. She would send me to other classrooms to do singing telegrams for their teacher. I wasn’t a singer really, I was just a goof. I took a joke writing stand up comedy class when I was 25, and that’s when I realized I had a gift to make people laugh.
Samantha Morales Mckenzie asked: You seem really down to earth and relatable. How do you keep that connection with your audience as it continues to grow?
This is a really good question, Samantha. I love to be able to connect with my fans, but as I grow as an artist and my fan base grows with me, it becomes more difficult for sure. I still stay active on Twitter,Instagram and Facebook. I don’t always have the time to write a detailed response to everyone, but I try to let people know that I saw what they wrote, and I try to acknowledge as many as I can with either a “like” or a heart emoji. Just to say I see you and thank you!
Belinda Canales asked: How do you come about your characters and your comedic lines? Just a natural outburst of creativity?
Hey Belinda, sometimes my comedy happens in the moment and other times I’ll think of an idea that could be funny, and I’ll literally make a note in the “Notes” section of my iPhone and go back to it later and work on it. A lot of times I find the funny, and other times I just let it go. I have ideas in my phone from years ago that I still haven’t cracked
Patricia Lopez asked: Your childhood!! What inspired you to be a comedian?
My childhood? This could be a whole blog in itself! haha! I’m not sure what exactly inspired me to be a comedian. I would watch stand up comedy on BET’s Comic View and crack up but I would never say to myself, “Self, I want to do that someday.” I think everyone likes to do something they know they are good at. Once I tried stand up and saw that I was good at it, I was inspired to keep going. I hear stories of comedians who bombed their first time on stage. Had that been my experience, I probably would have never done it again! Thanks for the question, Patricia!
Jaren Bowman asked: How do u deal with life and all the overwhelming things it has to offer? I struggle as a single mom going to school full time (masters in 2017!), working full time and just dealing with life in general — managing relationships, family, friends, me time, errands,holidays, homework, bills, etc.. Everything.
Jaren, you are a CHAMP! I don’t know how you handle all that you deal with. For me, it’s all about perspective. A lot of times when I get flustered and discouraged or overwhelmed, I have to just change my perspective. Usually my husband has to remind me first. He’ll say, “Babe. Your attitude stinks. Where is your perspective right now?” And I will stop what I’m doing to think about that. I’ll stop and say out loud the things I am GRATEFUL for, and just hearing myself say those things, and reminding myself of the good that is happening, my attitude begins to shift, and I believe my mindset changes my ability to handle the stress of life.