New York comic and Laughspin contributor Emily Winter impressed NBC’s Today show Monday morning with her ability to handle rejection. Winter recently published a piece in The New York Times about her 2018 New Years Resolution to get rejected 100 times—she closed last year with 101 sought-after noes.
Al Roker and Sheinelle Jones spoke with Winter about how she quit her stable job to pursue comedy and how she resolved to get 100 rejections in a year. “It was fun and scary!” she told Laughspin. “I kept telling myself that if I peed my pants, no one would be able to tell on camera, and I could deal with it after the segment.”
The charming, self-deprecating stand-up embraced failure and used a spreadsheet to track her submissions to festivals, magazines, and more. The first rejection hurt, but Winter also began to receive acceptances and a fresh perspective in an industry known for saying no.
Watch the Today interview and then start your own rejections spreadsheet!