20something profile: Hayley
People underestimate the depth involved in humour.
There is an assumption that comedians and humorists are light-hearted people, when they’re actually the opposite — whether they’ve been dealt a rough hand in life or not.
To be a good writer is to be observant. An observant comic writer must see things, take them in, contemplate the incentives and the structure of why something happens, and then translate it to an audience to make them laugh because “it’s funny ’cause it’s true!”
Honesty is my favourite quality in anything. The idea of relating to one another through humour and creativity helps us find our place and helps us realise we’re not alone — that’s what I’d like to contribute to the industry. I like making people smile because I’ll admit something they were too afraid to acknowledge — even if it’s just a tiny social etiquette thing.
I’m a 21 year old awkward person from a little city called Melbourne. I have lived here all my life. I’m currently completing my final semester of a journalism/communications degree at Monash University. I’m saving up my pennies for a trip to Chicago next year to do some improv training at iO and then to continue my exploration of North America and Europe.
In my spare time, I’m a writer, blogger, performer, and improviser.
The three career outcomes I am working towards are:
- Professional publishing/writing/editing
- TV writer, sketch performer, show-runner, producer
- Arts journalist, critic, commentary writer
And while that sounds like a lot of skewed choices, they actually coincide with one another, and I hope to be involved in all three areas at some point in my life. Don’t ask me how I’m going to make money — I ask myself every day — but for now, being a barista/nanny will do.
My goal for the next four years is to get a paid job in television — even if that means sitting at the reception desk. I want Australian television to focus on quality humour and drama instead of importing most of its shows from overseas or relying on talent shows to raise viewership. I want to help change Australia’s TV landscape.
I’m the oddball of a very supportive family, the black sheep. My father was a pharmacist who compounded his own medicine for clients; my mother owns an accounting firm. My older brothers are involved in physics research and technology…
…and I’m a writer/performer/person-to-look-down-upon who asks for Improv Class money. But I’ve never been happier. I’m always excited for new opportunities and collaborations.
I’m motivated because I know how hard I have to work and how patient I have to be in order to have a great career in doing what I love.
Because being paid to do what you love is an absolute privilege.
Now, let’s get back to work.