Let’s get one thing out of the way. The owner and the new employee are shacking up. There is favoritism, special favors and repeated abuses of policy. They have kids together and in fact, they live together. It’s Courtney Casperson, the new general manager of Sick Puppies Comedy. She is reportedly married to Casey. She’s funnier than him and has a better sense of business. She’s kind, fair and fun.
She recently made the move away from her career of 15 years so she could help grow Sick Puppies Comedy in a way that Casey could not. She worked from the bottom of her previous company and fought her way to become Director of Finance. Her experience in finance, payroll, inventory, employee management and cash will address many of the long standing issues Casey has created in the last 5 years. With the increase in classes, shows, students, cast and workshops, it was long overdue.
Her experience will add another layer of expertise to the corporate services Sick Puppies Comedy provides. In addition to team building, sales training, public speaking and leadership creation, Sick Puppies Comedy can consult on the corporate books to better assess results and serve our clients on the front and back end of their operations.
We are excited to have some accountability in the company since the owner continues to spend money on twizzlers and spitcoin (as he believes it’s bitcoin). Feel free to congratulate Casey for finally convincing her to join the company. She’s pretty fantastic.
Millennials have a reputation of being entitled, lazy and unreliable in the workforce. Experts claim that helicopter parenting, participation trophies and technology has kept this generation soft, but I would say that in order for Millennials to have a shot at succeeding in this world, they need to do one extremely important thing: fail.
Parents of Millennials have shielded their kids from the pain and anguish of rejection and failure. We’ve robbed this generation of the education you receive when you fail.
I’ve found over the last couple of years that our beginner’s improv classes are full of young people unable to make choices on stage because they have never failed before. They’ve never felt real failure. If they have, there have always been people to tell them “it’s okay”. Our classes teach you to make big choices, fail, try again, fail and learn. Why wasn’t that funny? Why is that character one dimensional? When can I try again?
After a few weeks our students, especially Millennials, begin to do better scene work and get comfortable on stage. In fact, we’ve had countless stories of students making choices in their professional lives after gaining confidence in our workshops.
If you are a Millennial and you dare to fail, and fail often, you will jump past your peers almost immediately. Do this one thing and learn why failure is the most important part of your success.