Imposter syndrome attacks the It’s Always Sunny crew
I’ve started watching The Always Sunny Podcast recently. It’s Always Sunny (the show) is one of my favorite TV shows. It has that X-factor only a few comedy shows have where it’s insanely rewatchable.
In fact, check this out:
At various points in recent history, It’s Always Sunny has been the #1 searched for show on Hulu, even beating Deadpool and Deadpool 2. It’s Always Sunny is my generation’s Friends or Seinfeld. And given a choice between The Office or Sunny, I’m picking Sunny.
Here’s why I bring it up:
On the podcast, Rob (who plays Mac), Glenn (who plays Dennis), and Charlie (who plays Charlie) are constantly asking each other if their podcast episode is good, funny, or interesting. They’ve asked this question in just about every episode I’ve listened to.
In other words:
Despite all the success the gang (as they call themselves) enjoyed, they still battle with imposter syndrome.
And so it is with any creative profession.
You’re gonna have imposter syndrome, cully. It’s unavoidable. But you don’t have to let it sabotage your dreams.
And y’know what?
Imposter syndrome can be a good thing. It’s a sign that you’re moving out of your comfort zone. And there are usually fat paychecks waiting for you behind the imposter syndrome door.
Let’s look at The Always Sunny Podcast:
It’s Always Sunny (the TV show) has been on for like 16 seasons, making it the longest running live-action comedy “sitcom” of all time. And even though the podcast is just the 3 guys sitting and talking—kinda like how they do before they start writing a show—it’s outside their comfort zone, which makes the imposter syndrome hang heavier on their heads.
It’s also been wildly profitable for them. Each show gets around 1 million views on YouTube — and I’m going to assume they do similar, mayhap slightly fewer, but similar views on Spotify and other podcasting apps.
My advice to you?
Acknowledge when imposter syndrome rears its ugly head, yes. But then lean into it and follow it. It might just take you where you’re trying to go.
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