I find myself amazed at the sheer amount of talent in the people that we’re all surrounded by. I’m not talking just in a performance sense, though it is something a performer did that inspired me to write this post, but really in anything. Whether it’s someone who’s really good at what they do, someone who thinks creatively to solve complex problems and even amazing parents who inspire and entertain their children on a daily basis.
This morning, I woke to find a post on Facebook from someone I know, Alison Sherberg. This post detailed how her new EP, that has only been available for one day, has already broken into the top 100 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter category. Alison is an extremely talented singer, songwriter and musician, but that’s not all. Alison has a special place in my heart because she was there when I first started my comedic journey.
The very first open mic I went to was at the Funky Buddha in Boca Raton and, never having been to one in my life, I wandered up the bar to see what the deal was. That’s where I found Alison, enjoying some hot tea to keep her throat loose for her performance that night. We started talking and, sensing that I was quite the noobie, she provided me with all of the information I needed and made me feel at ease for what was going to be my first step into a larger world.
I watched Alison that night play her ukulele and sing an amazing song. Soon after, we became Facebook friends. I’ve quietly followed her musical career and how it’s blossomed from that person I saw on stage in Boca, to one who’s music is now climbing the iTunes charts.
It was this thought that reminded me of how much talent there is around me and how lucky I am to be surrounded by it. I’ve had the pleasure and the honor of working with people who are incredibly talented and it’s something that I never take for granted. I do my best to learn from each and every interaction I have, whether it be with another comedian, musician, business person or just a creative thinker. In doing so, I think I’m strengthening my own talents.