We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Hale and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samantha, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
When I was young, I genuinely for some reason believed that I needed to be famous, or at least recognizable in order to be successful. I thought all that mattered was getting those TV and film credits, and that I would feel worthy when I got them. I thought happiness came from the outside. I refused to believe it came from within, and assumed that self worth depended on other people’s opinions. Those were hard beliefs to unlearn. But realizing that people you love should come first, and that I don’t need millions of fans to feel accomplished was a gift. Of course I want to work and push myself, I just needed to figure out how to give myself credit for the things I have accomplished, as opposed to focusing on what I haven’t yet.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been doing stand up comedy for over ten years now, and I am incredibly excited to say my first one hour special is being released through Comedy Dynamics on January 12th, 2021. That took years of developing my voice as a comedian, and making shit up as I went along. There is no one way to be successful in comedy. You just have to find yourself the right group of artists to surround yourself with, and help each other figure out what your goals are, and how to reach them. Stand up is not easy. It’s exhausting, it’s emotional, and it’s one of the most magical things you can do. All comics have had epic sets, and also bombed so hard they wanted to quit. It’s part of the process. It took years to figure out how people saw me as a comic, and what I wanted to say. I am very lucky to have worked so much within the LGBTQ community, sharing stages and ideas, and getting to work with some of the most incredible talent you will ever see. Someone once called me “The Chelsea Handler of West Hollywood,’ and I’ll take it!!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Any opportunity I have to get in the water with sharks, I will take in a second! I am an animal lover, and that’s what refreshed my soul, and makes me feel small in the most humbling of ways. I have swam with whale sharks in Cancun, and gone cage diving with great whites at Guadalupe Island. Getting to spend time with wolves at Wolf Mountain Sanctuary was incredible, as well as having the opportunity to feed a leopard at Lions, Tigers, and Bears Sanctuary was stunning. Not sure if my friends would want to do all that though, they may want to go to the bars and drink ha.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Lisa Sundstedt who created Pretty Funny Women! She is an amazing comedian who not only runs incredible shows, but offers women a safe space to learn the craft of stand up, and gain incredible amounts of confidence. I took her class…let’s just say a long time ago ha. She changed my life, and will always be a friend and mentor.
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