That’s Bo Burnham’s advice to young artists. The 25-year-old comedian, who ironically starred in the MTV series Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous, appeared on Conan Tuesday night without the slightest hint of optimism one might expect from a successful young entertainer.
“The system is rigged against you,” he said. “Your hard work and talent will not pay off.”
Bo went on to say that his success is the result of luck rather than talent.
“I would say don’t take advice from people like me who have gotten very lucky,” he said. “We’re very biased. You know, like Taylor Swift telling you to follow your dreams is like a lottery winner telling you, ‘Liquidize your assets, buy Powerball tickets, it works!’”
Bo wants children to be dreamers, but he says once you’re old enough to have a debit card, it’s time to give up.
Bo Burnham’s most recent comedy special Make Happy is exclusively on Netflix.
What do you think of Bo’s comments? Is he just joking? Or should aspiring artists listen to his advice? ~Yanis Khamsi