Hi everyone, it’s Michael Jamin. More viewer mail today. Someone writes, was there anything else you did besides writing and sending out scripts to break into the industry? Like standup comedy, acting, directing, et cetera. If so, do you think it’s important to dive into those other interests along with writing?

Good question. The answer is I did stand up in college and a little bit afterward. I decided instead of being on stage, I’d rather write or have someone else do all that stage work. But yeah, I did study acting, and it’s because it’s all part of the same thing, especially improv. If that interests you in comedy, I would definitely encourage you because acting, writing, and directing, they’re all three sides of the same coin. Wait, what? Three-sided coin? Whatever, you get the analogy, right? Three sides of the same fricking triangle. If you want to be a better director, then for sure you need to study acting. And if you want to be a better writer, studying acting helps as well. It’s all about the same thing. It’s about understanding what your character wants, and understanding what the obstacles are in the way. So for sure, if you want to be an actor, a director, or a writer, I would recommend studying writing. It all comes together. Okay? Definitely. It all helped.

Michael Jamin, Showrunner, TV Writer, Author

Michael Jamin

For the past 26 years, Michael Jamin has been a professional television writer/showrunner. His credits include King of the Hill, Beavis & Butthead, Wilfred, Maron, Just Shoot Me, Rules of Engagement, Brickleberry, Tacoma FD and many more.

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