One Sunday morning in the Hollywood Hills, I was visiting one of my home health patients who happened to be a professional comic. We had become chatty and I shared with him my trials and tribulations in the dating world.
Then he offered advice I never expected.
“You do tell your ‘pathetic’ dating stories in an extremely entertaining way,” he said, “You really ought to consider trying your hand at stand-up. You’re a natural.”
-LA Affairs (Los Angeles Times) I fell in love on a singles bike ride, Author Suzanne Travis
Seems like dating hypochondriac stories are popular in the nursing world! Suzanne Travis is my ‘soul sister’ when it comes to dating, telling stories, and writing!
I found her article in the LA Times and quickly hunted her down on LinkedIn, and cast her on the Nurses Week 2017 Nurses and Hypochondriacs Storytelling Show! She’s an alumni of : TheWellWrittenNurse’s Storytelling / Writing Workshop for healthcare professionals. Since May 2017 she has performed on Nurses and Hypochondriacs Storytelling, Shine Storytelling, Bareburger Bare Naked Stories, and Tattle Tales all based in Los Angeles.
Suzanne’s journey into comedy commenced when she told jokes to her AIDS patient population. She would often joke with them about death and dying during her home health nursing career.
A healthy non-AIDS patient, who happened to be a comedian, encouraged her to take a comedy class. She then signed up to take a “Stand Up Comedy Class” through UCLA extension with Judy Carter and popped her onstage comedy cherry at “The Laugh Factory” in Hollywood.
Suddenly, Suzanne got her own comedy room called “Club 555” at the Hilton Universal in Universal City. She performed on Friday nights with her comic best friend, and gave the money they made to Chris Brownly Hospice.
“The Well Written Nurse Storytelling / Writing Workshop inspired me to start storytelling, which I hadn’t tried but absolutely love this new way of sharing stories in a comedic format! It’s different yet related to stand up and very rewarding!
Ersilia inspired me so much! To meet an actual accomplished RN who explored creative endeavors that Nurses can branch out to! I never met another Nurse who was out of the box entrepreneur with creative work! She, The Well Written Nurse Workshops, and Nurses and Hypochondriacs Storytelling have inspired me to become creative again! Getting out and performing again added new pizazz to my life since work as a oncology nurse can be stressful and intense!
Comedy, storytelling, and writing soften’s the edges of how painful and profound my job can be on the floor!
As a coach, Ersilia inspired me to keep going, refine my craft, and branch out into many different areas of storytelling. She has taught me to incorporate comedy into my storytelling and OWN my creative talent and not stow it away! It should be shared, celebrated and continued!”
Suzanne Travis will be performing next at Nurses and Hypochondriacs Storytelling Show on October 25, 2017 in conjunction with Lit Crawl Los Angeles 2017 in the NOHO Arts District where literature hits the streets! Round 2, 8pm Venue: Kathy’s E Antique Boutique 11054 W Magnolia Blvd North Hollywood, CA 91601.
If you would like personal one on one Coaching/ Consulting in storytelling, creative career shifting, and or blogging please contact : Ersilia Pompilio RN, MSN, PNP @ email@example.com free 30 minute consult available upon request!
Click to watch Suzanne’s Shine Storytelling debut:
You can read her LA Times Article that appeared in February 2017 edition of LA Affairs here: