Do you ever step up to a building, and just know something important is supposed to happen there? When you get that feeling do you keep walking, or do you find out what that thing is?
I am a firm believer in following your instincts. So when I was walking past 1982 bar on one of my first day's back in Florida, I had to stop. The flyers in the window talked about free shows, video games, and an open mic comedy night! Suddenly I felt like I had found a comfortable place for me! Unfortunately they weren't open yet, but I instantly started looking them up online.
After some light research I found they had an open mic night for comedians, so I had to check it out! It was a comfortable, chill, atmosphere. Some of the other comedians were intimidating! Some of them were so amazing! Still, I got up there and did my thing! The owner, and bar tenders were always inviting.
The second time that I performed at 1982, I got too drunk, depressed my set wasn't hitting, and I walked off the stage. What seemed like the worst thing ever, turned into a great moment. As I was in the alley a group of other comedians came out to check on me and shared stories of their previous "terrible moments" on stage. We instantly bonded, and that changed the progression of things. We went on to perform together at open mics, and in a music video together.
I kept performing at 1982 bar and ended throwing the first ever Kazidelicious Show Live! I gave out hand painted zombie dolls as prizes for participants. We had a mix of stand up comedy, and improv acting. It was a fun time!
The owner of the bar, is inspiring! She's a rock star, a business owner, and she even takes time out to volunteer! I ended up volunteering at Camp Rock, and teaching a class on improv acting. It was a lot of fun!
If I had just kept walking, how would that winter in Florida have gone? I'm not sure, but I'm glad I followed my gut! Thank You 1982 Bar in Gainesville, Florida! You changed my life!
*EDIT* after posting this a friend notified me that 1982 bar is no longer open. This is very sad. This was a great place, and I am so Thankful for my memories those two winters in Florida!