Above all, believe. Cultivate your swagger. Make this your new religion. You are funny and talented, and you’re going to try something new. This is the exact right time for that. This is the most important year of your life, and for once you are not going to let yourself down. If you fall down and feel depressed, you will get back up. If you feel lethargic and scared, you will try something else: a new routine, a new roommate situation, a healthier diet. You will read books about comedy. You will work tirelessly and take pride in your tireless work. And you will take time every few hours to stop and say to yourself, “Look at me. I’m doing it. I’m chasing my dream. I am following my calling”. It doesn’t matter if your dreams come true, if agents swoon and audience cheer. Trust me on that: It truly doesn’t matter. What matters is the feeling that you’re doing it, everyday. What matters is the work, diving in, feeling your way in the dark, finding the words, trusting yourself, embracing your weird voice, celebrating your quirks on the page, believing in all of it. What matters is the feeling that you’re not following someone else around, that you’re not half-assing this, that you’re not waiting for something to happen, that you’re not waiting for your whole life to start.