‘Alright, alright, alrighhhhhttt’ .. Our MCM today is none other than Comedian, Actor, Writer & Producer Kevin Hart.
Kevin Hart has certainly been a huge participant in the revival of black comedy success within the last two decades. Hart has been celebrated as the modern day Pryer which is no easy feat, needless to say beyond his comedic talent; that which cannot be denied is his work rate.
For the first time since FORBES started delving into the money of the funny business, someone other than Seinfeld has taken the title of the top-earning joker. Between June 2015 and June 2016, Kevin Hart made —over $30 million more than Seinfeld’s $43.5 million. That haul also earned Hart sixth place on the Celebrity 100 List , FORBES’ annual list of celebrity money-makers.
With the release of Harts new book released on June 6th 2017 :I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons.
Written in a very Kevin, it’s clear to see that this book will be relatable, humorous and frank about life.
Taken from Kevin’s interview with entrepreneur.com, here are 3 top tips in Harts words, to success.
1. Invest in yourself.
If you go back to my 2011 standup film Laugh at My Pain, I took money from the tour and spent $700,000 on the movie, which ended up doing $8- or $9 million in the theater. So I said, “Okay, wow, I was only in 200 theaters but look what I did. I want to do it again.” So I came back with Let Me Explain, and instead of $700,000, I spent $2.5 million and did $33 million in theaters. So I said, “That’s a nice jump, I’m gonna do it again.” You just take a piece to do an experiment to see if it turns out to be what you think it can, and if it does then you repeat it with a slightly bigger piece. You take baby steps. It’s about expanding your project as far as you can.
2. Reject rejection.
I’ve been told I wasn’t funny, I’ve been told I don’t have what it takes, I’ve been told I should find something else to do. But that stuff doesn’t come off to me as grounding information, it acts as ammunition. I don’t go, “There’s no way I can go on! Oh, man! My career!” That’s not the result for me. It’s, “Okay, well, I can’t wait to prove you wrong, I can’t wait to prove you wrong and I can’t wait to prove you wrong!”I hung street signs about my movie, I did! I own the movie, so there’s no reason I shouldn’t be out hanging a street sign. It was funny but it was also meant to set the tone that you should be working just as hard as anybody else for your project. I’ve got to do whatever I can to get everybody to see it. Sometimes you get the, “Alriggghht, okaaay, gawwd, that’s all you talk about! What else?” You’ll get that. But why would you not be talking about that? Why would you not be putting every ounce of your body, your soul, your sweat, your tears into getting the word out about what you spent two years doing? You’ll get some bittersweet reactions, you just can’t pay attention to it.
3. Belong wherever you are.
I feel like I fit into any and every environment that I’ve been in, and if I wasn’t supposed to be there I made myself a part of it. I don’t ever feel like I’m out of place, or I shouldn’t be here, or I’m out of my league. I’m always gonna have that mentality. There’s nothing I feel like I can’t do.
Until next time be good to yourselves, kind to others and above all GROW DAILY.