Orlando, Florida – Popular social networking websites like YouTube and Instagram have allowed entrepreneurs and artists to follow their dreams and find an audience. Comedian Jordan Anthony Rodriguez was able to capture his audience through the comedic vlogs that he creates on his YouTube channel.
“I have turned my daily life into daily vlogs which are funny and entertaining,” Rodriguez said. “I also post up comedic photographs of myself on Instagram. It started out as a hobby but has now turned into a business with a viable future.”
As a child growing up in Tampa, Florida, Rodriguez was the class clown who made his friends laugh in school. One of his friends even encouraged him to perform stand-up comedy in real comedy clubs across the city. It seemed like a crazy idea, but that was okay with Rodriguez. He loved the idea of performing comedy in front of an audience of adults instead of teenagers.
“I remember the first time I walked into a comedy club at 15 years old. I was nervous but excited at the same time,” Rodriguez said. “Doing stand up comedy in front of a hundred people is a little different than acting like a clown in biology class. “In between my terrible jokes and the nerves I was able to make everyone in the audience burst out with laughter. This gave me the motivation and fuel to keep on going.”
Rodriguez soon found himself competing in many different amateur improv comedy competitions in Orlando. Once again, he surprised himself by winning those competitions. “As I kept on winning one competition after another, I had dreams about making a career out of comedy. But that dream was short-lived.”
Rodriguez could no longer focus on comedy after he graduated high school. He had to go to work and earn a living. His first jobs were merely odd jobs that barely paid minimum wage. Since he wanted more financial stability in his life, he figured the best path for someone without a college degree to achieve such stability was to work in the online marketing field.
“I heard about so many people making a living online with online marketing, so I learned everything I could about it,” Rodriguez said. He got his first job as a digital marketer and worked his way up the ladder until he was chief marketing officer at age 23. His main clients were social media influencers on Instagram and Twitter.
“I developed marketing strategies for these social media influencers so they could gain more traffic and subscribers,” Rodriguez reflected. “Then I got to wondering about whether I would make a good influencer as an online comedian.”
From that point forward, Rodriguez took a big gamble by leaving his stable job to go work as a comedian on the internet. He got started by creating YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram channels. With his own digital camera, Rodriguez records himself performing comedy in a variety of different ways. You might see funny poses in the pictures he posts on Instagram or even funnier video content on YouTube.
“My online marketing background gave me the knowledge necessary to boost traffic to my social media channels within their first two weeks,” Rodriguez claimed. “I am getting hundreds of subscribers every day to my YouTube channel.”
Rodriguez continues to perform live stand-up comedy as well. If you’re ever in the Florida area, then you might very well catch him at one of the clubs in Tampa or Orlando.