Is Success Too Expensive?

“One way I did achieve getting to work in show biz was moving to NYC and Los Angeles before I had a show business job secured. You have to make it all you want—at the expense of your family, friends, the possibility of making your own family someday and having any sense of a comfortable living.”

From: Interview with Jen Kirkman of the Women in Comedy Festival, as told to Time Out Boston

Gees Louise. I hope that’s not true.
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  1. Berny
    March 9, 2011

    What one person needed to reach their “success” will always be different to your path. Because their “success” will be different to yours.

    For what it’s worth… I think you are already a success and I am very proud of you. XXX

    • March 10, 2011

      Thanks Bern, that means a lot. 🙂

      It’s only recently that I’ve really realised that ‘success’ to me means a lot of different things, not the least of which is keeping my family together. I feel like if I just threw them to the wayside and put “career success” ahead of all of that, then that would actually turn out to be one massive failure.

  2. kristofer sinclair
    March 10, 2011

    i think ‘success’ is very subjective. i would define it as: achieving what you set out to achieve, whatever that thing is. failure, obviously, is the opposite.What price for success? only yhe individual can decide.

    • March 10, 2011

      It is subjective, absolutely. The price for success is an interesting one; I think the price changes at different moments e.g. right now I’m at the festival so my family is paying a price in that I’m not there, yet when I take a long term look at it (i.e. I’m at home with them for most of the year) then it feels like I’m paying that back.

      Not that life should be a transaction as such, but it is true there needs to be fuel put in the tank in all relationships, family, career or otherwise!

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