Name: JJ Mattise
Occupation: Comedian/Retail Manager/Older Sister
Years in the Industry: 7 years
Q: When did you first learn that you had this amazing talent?
A: Throughout my life everyone has always told me how funny I was whether it was friends or family. I used to be a really quiet kid believe it or not. Being teased about my weight quickly stopped that. I didn’t realize that saying what’s on my mind was a talent until I was faced with a near death experience. I got hit by a car New Year’s night. I was instructed not to fall asleep on the way to the hospital, so I told jokes in the ambulance which kept my friends and family calm. From then on I knew I would always take a cab everywhere I go on New Year’s (lol) and that I had a voice which many lack in this generation. Once I got off my crutches I hit the stage and never looked back.
Q: What has been the most exciting moment in your career?
A: I just got finished doing a live stream show called Brooklyn’s Best. It’s like America’s got talent but just in Brooklyn. Most comedians are used to performing in basements or bars not glamorous at all. I hosted the show on a set with cameras and a teleprompter and my own makeup artist. I felt like a star, Cinderella to be exact! Once the clock struck 12 I had to take my make up off and get ready to go back to retail in the morning.
Q: Do you write your own routines?
A: Of course, I’m not famous enough to have other people make me look good yet.
Q: You've been #Indiqued! Tell us about your experience working with our brand?
A: It has been an amazing experience working with Indique. This opportunity means so much to me especially because I love hair! Indique is dedicated to delivering a quality product and that’s important.
Q: What advice do you have for someone aspiring in your field?
A: I’m going to stick with the cliché “Don’t give up” and if you do then this isn’t for you.
Q: What have been some of the barriers you've faced in this industry?
A: I’m a female so there’s all sorts of barriers and they are meant to be broken. People have a predetermined idea that female comedians aren’t funny. It’s said that “All female comedians do is talk about their breast and penises,” comedy is therapy and if your breast and/or your penis are bothering you talk about it!
Q: Lastly, what happens when people don't laugh?
A: You laugh at yourself! I don’t take myself seriously, you can’t. Laughing makes you lose calories and some of us need to be on that diet.
Twitter : @JMattise87
Meet JJ at the Hairlarious event on June 10th at Indique Soho!