There’s a moment in Jerry Seinfeld’s book Is This Anything?, which I just listened to on Audible (narrated by the author), that must be the least funny segment, but for me, it’s the most memorable.
In the book, he retells more than 400 of his jokes spanning five decades, and he introduces each decade with autobiographical memories about how he became a comedian and how he grew as a professional.
As he starts off the first decade of the new century (which I still hate calling “the aughts” or anything else), Seinfeld finds himself doing… nothing.
The “Seinfeld” finale aired on May 14, 1998. Do you remember where you were?
I hosted a party in my Binghamton University suite. There were Pez dispensers and black & white cookies. I don’t think you could get a good marble rye in New York’s Southern Tier back then. I wrote my final column of the year for Pipe Dream, the college newspaper, from the perspective of someone in 2023 reminiscing about the impact of the show.
But I digress. Back to Jerry.
Three months after the TV series ended, HBO aired Seinfeld’s stand-up special, “I’m Telling You for the Last Time.” He was retiring his material. He’d never share those bits again on stage.
Time passed, and Jerry became idle, at least with his stand-up career. Jerry grabbed dinner with his friend Chris – Rock, of course (though Chris Elliott would have sufficed). Chris (Rock) had just slayed the crowd with his latest show. Jerry missed stand-up. But he had no material.
There’s this moment where Jerry asks Chris what to do.
Chris says, “Well, at least you know there’s only one way to do it.”
In the book, Jerry muses, “I don’t use writers, so it’s back to tiny clubs with flimsy stuff, night after night, month after month, and it takes however long it takes.”
And then, here’s Jerry at his best:
“When you see a comedian with a ton of great stuff, what you’re really marveling at, or should be, is how could someone crawl on their belly that great a distance?”
He crawled on his belly.
You can picture him, can’t you?
Jerry’s a stand-up idol, a legend. But you can see him in the heat, parched, slithering down the road, wiggling along using his elbows, writhing in agony, trying to get the damn material to land.
There’s a more common metaphor that comes up when people talk about experience, usually in terms of pricing. When you’re dealing with a pro, you’re not paying for the hour or month or year it takes them to do the work. You’re paying them for the decades they spent mastering their craft so they could deliver those results in an hour or month or year.
But Jerry took it a step further.
It’s not just about the time you put in. This isn’t time served. There’s no bonus for how many hours you clocked in a Herman Miller chair.
No, what you’re charging for isn’t for time at all. Maybe you’re a prodigy and didn’t need as much time as others anyway. Or maybe you took your sweet time and spent more than you had to.
What you’re charging for is the distance. And it’s not just the distance you spent running like it’s some kind of marathon.
It’s for the distance you spent crawling.
This isn’t Chariots of Fire. This is the escape scene in Shawshank Redemption.
You can still smell that scene, can’t you? Do you gag a little just thinking about it?
Hard as it is to watch, I know you’ve done a version of it.
You got down on your belly, and you crawled.
That’s how you’re still here.
That’s what you’re worth.
That’s why you’ll succeed.
Keep crawling on your belly, however long it takes. As one legend said to another, “There’s only one way to do it.”
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- Before: A talent matching platform with the mission to end bias in the hiring process.
- Braintrust: A new freelance platform where you are the owner and where freelance talent keeps 100% of the bill rate.
- Built in NYC: Jobs at a range of levels and functions, as long as you’re okay working in this quaint, backwater hamlet.
- CareerList: Here’s a form for companies hiring and a form for job seekers; here’s the public list with tabs for both
- Content Writing Jobs: Content marketers, enjoy
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- Gently Ventures: Helps scale businesses by finding the right talent
- GLG: Get paid to share your topical expertise; it can lead to some interesting conversations at a potentially decent hourly rate
- Growth Collective: Apply to join this network of notable freelance marketers
- Grace Blue Transitions: A portal for hirers and seekers with resources from this exec recruiting firm
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- Hue: Amplifying voices of people in color working in marketing
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- NYC Ad Jobs & Networking: A popular Facebook group
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- Serial Marketers Job Board: Post regular and featured listings and subscribe for updates.
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