We had the good fortune of connecting with CJ Trowers and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi CJ, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
The single most important decision that I made that contributed to my success is learning how to validate myself first and understand my value. You learn that compromising who you are and what you want most of the time isn’t worth it

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I took a comedy writing class five years ago, once I learned how to write jokes and did my first set, I was hooked. Comedy is definitely not easy, it’s probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. The best way to overcome the challenges of being a comedian is constantly improving your writing abilities, hit stages often, and get a mentor if you can. I want the world to know that I overcame a lot of personal challenges to get this far, and I’m only getting better. I’m trying to be a household name one day

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Favorite spots in Atlanta:

-World of Coke
-MLK House/Auburn Ave
-The Atlanta Beltline
-JCT Kitchen
-Poor Calvin’s
-Atlanta Comedy Theater
-The Laughing Skull
-The Vortex
-Six Flags Over GA
-GA Aquarium

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout-out to my mom, brother, kids and my friends for their constant encouragement and motivation

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