‘Born Standing Up’ by Steve Martin
Born Standing-Up is an autobiography of Steve Martin, comedian, the Emmy & Grammy award winner, and author. But according to him, this book isn’t an-autobiography but a biography of a person whom he used to know.
That is the person from his pre-success period. Success did suit him but how he became successful and what brought him success is far more important than what he is now at present.
Martin has always-been a storyteller and a-writer. His memoir of his stand-up comedy days are spectacularly upheld in the book. In his book, he went through step by step how he went from selling guidebook at Disneyland to do stand-up comedy in front-of an audience.
The Book shows a glance of Steve Martin’s childhood where his first job was at southern California park and Knott’s berry farm where he would sell guidebook and he joked about it saying he was making a fortune 2 cents for a book sold. Then he spent 18 years in standing up comedy, by 1978 he became one of the-most popular concert draws in the standing up history. Then later on 1981 he quit his career and he told his story of why did he stand-up and why did he quit.
He disclosed him achieving so much in little made him lazy and that is the reason behind of him making a decision to leave standing up comedy life.
He said in the book- “For all the love I received and couldn’t return.”
A fascinating book that shows his talent growing, sacrifice, sufferings, discipline that brought him his success and made him an-icon.
He also disclosed some painful thought and experience, how in his work he often felt isolated and lonely. He even said he was apart from the world so far that it took a lot-of time to reconnect-with his family.
The book also discloses the tension between him and his father’s relationship and we can see very detailed experiences of his life, how he felt dealing with his parent’s death.
He also tells us about his observations of the changes in his life and changes around him.
The book also has some unseen photographs of Steve Martin. Born standing up really brings the life and struggle of Martine up-close to us, he wrote his days very clearly and so iconic that one would imagine he is in the front seat of the Steve Martin’s life.
He neatly combined his professional and personal worlds; this heartfelt memoir would inspire anyone. Not just for proceeding toward success but how to get prepared for the rocky road toward something.
This book is insanely a good read and it is not just a story of a man but a letter to younger self from his future self.