My stand-up journey began on Facebook. I started posting ideas, conclusions and anything that came to my mind on the “wall”

Of course, social media is a good platform for launching any young content creator. You can start shyly and then build your community patiently, and when you feel ready, eventually move on to the next level. But Ioana State not very patient and after only a few jokes posted on her page personally, she signed up for iUmor – it was her first step on stage. Then the online community grew on its own, and comedy club shows kept pace.

The first shows were hard, as usual, because along with the overwhelming emotions of speaking in front of many people, there were a lot of fears: the fear of not having reactions from the audience, the fear of getting stuck and forget your text, fear of “getting lost”. But I was lucky to have a welcoming audience (…).

We continue to talk with Ioana about how she became friends with the public over time, but also how much she misses him now.

Background

I studied at the Faculty of Letters within UNIBUC, with the intention of becoming a Romanian Language teacher, but the first job I had since I was a student, in insurance, changed my perspectives. Currently, when we don’t have shows, I divide my time by coordinating an educational development and financing program for young people, targeting the insurance industry, initiated and supported by Globasig Broker.

Your way into stand-up comedy

My stand-up journey began on Facebook. When I became relaxed in expressing myself and exposing myself online, I started posting ideas, conclusions and anything that came to my mind on the “wall”. The surprise was that more and more people found what I was doing funny, hence the encouragement and confirmation that I can make people laugh.

After more and more people close to me suggested that I could be successful in stand-up, I participated in a profile TV show, and since then I have not “come down” from the stage.

Debut period

The first shows were hard, as usual, because along with the overwhelming emotions of speaking in front of many people, there were a lot of fears: the fear of not having reactions from the audience, the fear of getting stuck and forget your text, fear of “getting lost”. But I was lucky to have a welcoming audience and after the first few minutes, I was able to adjust to the new position and enjoy the moment.

Your evolution

The development is done along the way, through a combination of factors. With each “climb” on stage, my desire to do this as well as possible was amplified, and at the same time, I managed to notice what I can improve on myself. I followed the phenomenon more, I also had the opportunity to receive advice and suggestions from my more experienced colleagues.

My perspective on life and society has not changed much, but I have felt on my skin that people react differently to certain types of humor, which is normal.

How you create your material

The most accessed test variant is at open-mic evenings, but when I have a joke that I want to test, I integrate it in shows, to check if it works or if its shape needs to be improved. I create the material while running a set, I write down ideas, premises, I develop them, I test them, I keep what works and so on.

Shows where no one laughed

I didn’t have shows that no one laughed at all, but I also had shows that went hard, especially when I first went up. You don’t have much to do in such a situation then, at the moment, especially if you don’t have a lot of time on stage, but you can ask yourself questions to see why it didn’t work and find out if it was a state problem. or attitude.

Taboo subjects

I don’t have taboo subjects, I still haven’t managed to touch a lot of topics, so I don’t know which one I would stick to. If a subject inspires me and I feel I can create something good on it, I try anything.

If you didn’t stand-up

I would do music and insurance (below).

What surprised you in the pandemic

When the first headlines about the virus appeared in the world, it seemed so far away from us, and it wasn’t until we started counting the first dozen cases here that we began to understand that it wouldn’t be something we could easily get over. Now I am not surprised by anything, 2020 was a year in which you feel that you have lived them all. I missed people, with everything they mean: socializing, hugs, shows, walks.

Life away from the stage

It was like for everyone else, we had to arm ourselves patiently and hope that we would be able to return to normal as soon as possible. I did a show on Zoom, it works, but not much. It’s totally different, there are things that come out exclusively through the physical presence of people, and the stand-up without a physical audience is hard to sustain.

Inspiration in isolation

I had many ideas about loneliness, about relationships in isolation, about poverty. I am inspired by my life and the feelings of those around me.

Funny conspiracy theories

I don’t find it funny anymore. I tried not to take a look at the conspiracy debates that came up in my feed. There are many givers of opinion and in my opinion, some of them are also dangerous, because they negatively influence those around them.

Profiles of people in pandemic

Most often I met the one who strongly claims that “they want to kill us”, that “you don’t get the virus if you are a believer”, but also that “it came from God, that the world got worse”.

2020 for you

The year 2020 was a balanced year, even if it was one of the extremes. I lost loved ones, but at the same time a new member of the family appeared. I welded friendships, friends already connected, but I welded them. I have been involved in projects that I am proud to be a part of: Something lifeless, mechanics, and other.

We also managed to hold some outdoor shows. It’s been a full year. The family is fine and this is the most important thing… I ended it with joy and looking forward to the new year. In 2021 I am going with fresh strength. I hope that’s enough.


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