Lucky '13: Stand-up comedian Heather Snow
This past year has been tough for many people, and we're eager to kiss 2012 goodbye. In hopes that 2013 will turn out to be much luckier for many, we invited some of the town's cultural tastemakers -- entrepreneurs and entertainers we're lucky to have in Denver -- to answer a trio of questions. We excerpted quotes from these Q&As in the New Year's Guide inserted in the December 13 issue of Westword, but we'll be featuring the complete interviews in a series of posts through the end of the year. Up next: Heather Snow.
Heather Snow is just one in a strong cadre of comedians continuing to push Denver as a viable place for standup comedy. Best known as the woman behind the famed (and co-ed) Ladies Laugh-In comedy night and a regular at open mics across the city, Snow has been putting herself out there for almost three years. Fresh off filming TV Guide Network's StandUp In Stilettos, Snow is getting some national attention she definitely deserves. But she took a moment to talk to Westword about having a September 11 birthday, and what it's like being a six-foot tall woman looking for a guy tall enough to kiss at midnight.
Westword: Tell us a time when you got lucky (does not have to be sexual).
Heather Snow: This is an ongoing debate for me, but I think that people can be lucky in their circumstances, and opportunities are presented along the way. It's when those come up that we're brave enough to challenge ourselves and rise to the occasion. When I think of gambling, it's usually on things that are totally out of my control, like roulette, craps or poker. If you know the odds, though, you can adjust how you play the game. I've lost with Trip-Aces before, and I played the hand wrong.
So I just try to work with what I've got. I'm truly lucky to have my friends and family that support me in anything that I do. They trust me because I'm trustworthy. I'm lucky because I've stayed true to my heart and intentions, and when I lose my path, my loved ones are there to set me straight. I'm very lucky to have so many amazing people in my life. I've done a lot of stupid things, and they've stuck around.
I mean, I don't believe in luck (as much as) I do believe in creating an opportunity for yourself. The whole reason that I am where I am right now with my career is because of people I stayed in touch with. People that trust me know that I work hard. I got my day job -- which is why I'm financially secure for the first time ever in my life -- because I volunteered to be a poll worker for an elections division four years ago. My boss (at the elections division) is one of my best friends, and he was my referral to get this job I have now. He kept me employed.
After creating that opportunity -- because I volunteered and put myself out there -- it was lucky that I am this age and I have a job in my major that I'm successful in. But if I wouldn't have gone and volunteered and been like, I gotta do something with myself, then nothing would have happened.
It's never the path we expect -- it's never like, "go to college, then get get a job in your field."
They don't tell you what to do after college, right? I went to college at Penn State -- I was supposed have a swimmer's scholarship, but I blew out my shoulder senior year. I still wanted to go to the school and I was accepted. My parents were cool enough to help me and I took out a ton of loans, and I'm glad I went. It's just crazy where paths take you.
September 11 happened my senior year -- our career fair was that day. We still put on our suits and walked down there and nobody could come in because the flights were all canceled. It was also on my birthday. That's lucky, right?
Oh, no. I'm a September 9 birthday, and I feel for my friends who have 9/11 birthdays.
I have a joke about it: My birthday is September 11, I went to Penn State and I'm from Sandusky, Ohio. It's like, when is the "fuck you" train going to leave the station, right?
The modern American historical tragedy train.
Yeah. And then I got stuck in Hurricane Sandy. I was like, this is ridiculous. Why does this stuff always happen to me? (Laughs.) I never really look at it as disaster-prone, though. I think that people who are really negative are always like, "Woe is me, why is this always happening to me?" I think they bring that on themselves. We could all put our lives under a microscope and make them look really bad. Everyone's a martyr. It's like, "Oh my god, I'm stuck in Sandy!" ... with two million other people.
What's your resolution for 2013?
Execution of ideas -- I'm great at starting projects, terrible at seeing them through. I'm excited about the opportunities that I'm being given, and I want to make sure that I'm setting myself and those involved on these projects up for success. But shhh.... (these projects) are secret.
What are you doing New Year's Eve?
I'm headed to Philadelphia. I have 28 friends I've stayed in touch with since college, who I try to get out and see as much as possible. We all connected through the dorms freshman year at Penn State, and I consider them a second family. I'm there to make sure that they don't get arrested. For me, I'd much rather be in the company of a few close friends than at party where I'm constantly scanning the crowd for a guy tall enough to kiss me at midnight.
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