How Your Family Supports Creative Career Aspirations
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In Chapter 2 of 19 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, standup comedian Matt Ruby answers "Where Has Your Family Been Most Supportive in Your Career Development?" Ruby found support in his Mom, an artist and arts supporter, who encouraged him to perform. Matt Ruby is a standup comedian and comedy writer based in New York City. He produces a video comic strip at, co-produces the weekly show "Hot Soup", and co-hosts the monthly show "We're All Friends Here".


Erik: Where has your family been most supportive in your career development? Matt: Well, my mom worked in the arts. She was always like making stuff and so I think she was always supportive of the idea of her having a son who was also making things or doing stuff or wanted to perform somehow. And my dad was onboard with it too. And, yeah, I think mostly just of being not necessarily as much being supportive as not being condemning of it or like being like, oh you have to get a real job or, you know, that’s for losers or something like that. You know it was always just sort of like seemed like a natural fit compared to the rest of my family, so I appreciate them for that. Erik: Has that changed over time or is that something that just continues to this day? Matt: No, it continues, I mean yeah, my family, we’re all very good at leaving each other alone. And it’s an ongoing endeavor of—I mean we’re—you know, we’re close and when we see each other, we love, you know, we love each other, we hang out, you know, but as far as like being all up in each other’s business all the time is not really how we behave with each other, so.