What It Takes To Support Yourself As A Comedian

How to make the late night hours, unstable income, and intense competition pay off

Zainab Johnson's first big break in comedy—in small part—is thanks to a pair of designer boots.

“I started working for a guy who produced comedy shows,” she recalls. “I was like a nonworking actress in Los Angeles and this guy called me and asked if I could work for him as his office assistant. And the only thing that made me say ‘yes’ at that moment is that I wanted these Chloé boots.”

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