Listening to this interview with Fred Armisen by Alec Baldwin on “Here’s the Thing”.
Fred spent 10 years in an indie rock band. It sounds like he loved it.
One night he saw another drummer in another band who was about 10 years older than him, still sleeping on floors, still lugging his own gear, and he decided he didn’t want that.
We have a belief in our culture, if you put in the hours, and you stick to it, you will be successful. That might be true, depending on your definition of success.
But Armisen was not satisfied. He let go and followed his intuition.
He started video taping interviews with unsigned bands, in his own style of funny voices and wit. From there, he started sharing the videos. Which led to hosting shorts on HBO, which led to his job on SNL.
He had the courage to let go of his original idea, and allowed what was naturally arising in him to happen. Had he not have had that courage, I know my life would have had less laughter.