Tell us who you are and what you do!
I am Christian Washington, people may know me from my stage name Christian The Comedian. Son of Lejuan and Charlotte Washington and brother of Patrick Washington. I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. Graduate of Bryant High School class of 2014.
I am a stand-up comedian and actor. I’ve been doing comedy and hosting shows for about 2 years now and it’s definitely my passion. It’s something that grew on me. I was always told that I was funny and that I should do comedy but that just seems like something you say to funny people. So I don’t think anyone knew I was taking that serious.
Comedy was something I had always been attracted to it seemed to find it’s way in my life all the time. Many times it got me in trouble but it was worth it. Nothing else has made me happier than making someone else laugh besides making myself laugh. I’ve learned that comedy isn’t as easy as people think. Comedy has also taught me that there is nothing you can be great at without practice. As for the future, my goal is to take it one day at a time and make tomorrow better than today.
What is the inspiration for your work?
My life is the biggest inspiration behind my work. Life presents new challenges everyday and rarely am I satisfied with where I stand. I just have a grind to want to be better and I have learned to enjoy the grind. It’s the enjoyment of the process to becoming greater that pushes me. My family and friends remind me daily that I’m living a life not only for me but others as well. Being knowledgeable of these things creates what I would call my purpose or inspiration behind what I do.
Growing up in a city like Little Rock, Arkansas you see very rough environments. I am blessed to have both of my parents but a lot of my friends didn’t. So habits and ways of living for me and my friends were different but never felt that different. But that was because I created a bond between my family and my city that revealed a lot to me. I became aware that I can use the positives and negatives from my life to help someone else. Once that was brought aware to me it started to make sense of why my life was set up the way it is. So yes in living in this rough environment I was always trying to make light out of situations. Not knowing that it would eventually turn into a career as a stand-up comedian. It was just something that I started to try and eventually becoming aware that I have a true love for finding the beauty in negative situations.
Social Media has given me a big boost in my comedic career it has allowed me to connect and share my work with millions across the world for free and that was big for me. Now through comedy and social media I have been giving the opportunity to meet and work with many stars. I was given the opportunity to work on set for All Def Digital, a comedic network owned by Russell Simmons and just being apart of that environment was everything to me, it gave me more purpose and reason to do continue doing what I do. When you see that there are people that financially live off the same path you’re chasing, it becomes a big motivation to keep going.
What would you say to prevent an upcoming artist from making the same mistakes you have made?
When pursuing a career of any sort be consistent with your work. Whatever it may be just make note that consistency will take you to the levels that you dream of. Nine times out of ten, in the beginning you won’t be able to predict what your target audience will gravitate towards.
I say that because I understand how it is to second guess yourself after you have started because you’re not getting the response you want. But it’s vital to understand that talent is everywhere in this world, consistency isn’t. My biggest mistake was not making enough mistakes. I was trying to be too technical, as an artist you don’t get to pick and choose what is good. People that connect with your art get that opportunity. Think about, you don’t buy tickets to your shows. You will never know until you just go out and do it. So my best advice that I would give artist is to fail more, don’t be afraid of it, make more mistakes. You are only as good as the amount of times you mess up at something. You can’t know what is right if you don’t know what is wrong.
What obstacles have you faced as a Black Artist/Business Owner? How did you overcome them?
The biggest obstacle I have faced was myself. As a Black Artist/Business Owner we are already at a disadvantage with things we cannot control. I was trying to control everything myself. The only way I overcame that is to realize “I Know Nothing”. You need help in whatever it is that you are doing and your job as an artist will become so much easier when you understand that. Work together. You can’t be afraid to grow together. No one makes it by themselves.