Diary of A Young Pro: Olivia Harewood
2)How old are you?
3) What is your job title?
Or, depending on when and where you find me, stand-up comic, writer, emcee/host, actor.
4) How has the transition been from backpack to briefcase (college to adulthood)?
My personal transition was like being punched in the soul, over and over again. It sounds bad, but I say this with pride; the first few years out of college beat the living shit out of me. I was pursuing something I love very deeply, so it was all agony and ecstacy. Every tiny step forward felt exhilirating. Set backs were heartbreaking. I was constantly terrified and broke, except when I had a gig and felt like a rich genius. This is all still more or less the case, but it’s been tempered by moderate success, wisdom and fatigue.
5) When you were in school, did you imagine your life the way that it is now?
No, but I had no concept of what my future would look like at any point. I still don’t.
6) What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced during these transitional years?
Learning that I don’t have to explain myself to everyone. Being a college student is simple. People understand what that is. Especially coming from a school like Stanford, you get a lot of pats on the head. Pursuing an alternative career means people will sometimes not understand what exactly you do. That made me really uncomfortable in the beginning. I would literally break into a very faint sweat when someone asked me “What do you do?” I was working as a comic for a year before I put it on facebook. This is all a round-about way of saying I wanted everybody to like and respect me and validate my choices, which they absolutely don’t! But that’s okay, because I’m a fucking adult.
7) What is the best advice you have received from a mentor about adulthood and/or careers?
That at the end of the day, you’re the one who has to live your life. No one is really thinking about you that much. No one is watching you that closely. People are thinking about what to have for lunch. They might look up briefly to praise or scold you, but thirty seconds later they’re thinking about food again. Do what makes you happy. Nobody cares.
8) What advice would you give a young professional?
You are not immortal. Your time is precious. Be honest. Be brave. Find the things in life that fullfill you and chase them down and eat their bone marrow. Get very in touch with yourself. Learn to follow your internal GPS or you will end up at someone else’s shitty garden party. Go to YOUR OWN SHITTY GARDEN PARTY. #Blessed
9) What is next for you in the next 12 months? Do you have any goals you would like to accomplish? How are you going to accomplish them?
I’m co-hosting a game show (Modd Couples on HereTV) and my goal is to be very funny and make the network glad they hired an impertinent comedian instead of a 19 year old model with tiny feet.
10) What makes you special?
I assume crowds of strangers are interested in what I have to say.