Re: The Move to New York / LA / Chicago
Here's my two cents.
Don't do it. You (and your friends) aren't by the longest shot near ready. Seattle has a good comedy scene where you can grow, New York will expect you to be a seasoned pro right out of the gate, and if you're not, it will crush you.
The only way I would say to go ahead and do it is if you have A LOT of money (like over $50,000 in savings). That way, you can fail for a few years while working some shitty customer service job that allows you to be out every night until 3am doing open mics. Otherwise, you're going to be pulled (more like yanked) towards a 'real' job once you figure out how much it costs to live in New York. Then you'll be able to pay rent, but will maybe only be able to get out to open mics every 3 or 4 days at the most, and within a couple of years, probably give it up and either move back broke or stay in the city that crushed your dream, getting more bitter about it as time wears on.
Keep in mind that finding a 'day job' is a whole shitload more difficult in NY because it's a city FILLED with aspiring actors/artists/comedians etc.
Sorry to be so dramatic and blunt, but given what you described, I think it could not be a more premature move. Get good in Seattle (or another second tier city), hell, become one of the best there, someone who can get paid gigs a couple days a week at least, then when you move to New York or L.A., you'll be on equal footing with the best comic from every other city that just moved there instead of a beginner who will be easily ignored and tossed aside.
New York can be a great place to live, but if you don't go into it fully armed, it will kick you square in the ass and dump you back in your home town without missing a beat.
Hey, check me out. I'm a ghost.
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