Work Your Dream Like Joan Rivers

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The local temperature is too hot for an old menopausal broad like myself, so I went to the movies with my gal-pal Toni. Nothing like an air conditioned movie theater to beat the heat.  Toni and I love movies – we’ve written one and we dream of selling a movie script one day.

We decided to go see the Joan Rivers documentary, A Piece of Work.

Talk about a tenacious dreamer.

I had no idea the struggle Joan was up against being a woman in the male dominated world of broadcast television. I didn’t know she was black-balled by Johnny Carson.

What a prick – if you will excuse my French.

It was all cool while her raucous, crazy sense of humor was pumping Carson’s ratings, but as soon as she was offered her own show on Fox, Johnny Carson made sure she was never seen on NBC again, that is, until she recently kicked butt on Celebrity Apprentice.

Her dream was to be an actress and the comedy thing got her in the door. I did not know that either. I can only dream of having half the balls she has. At 75 years old, she often has 3 or 4 appointments a day (as well as)  stand-up gigs until 2 am.

It made me wonder if we are being clear about our dreams to others?

Perception is reality – I would never have guessed Joan wanted to be taken seriously as an actress. She puts up with a lot of crap to keep going for that dream. Are you expressing yourself in a way that clarifies your dream to the outside world?

Good old Joan made me think about how tireless one must be in their pursuit of a dream.

I believe I will double my efforts after watching that non-stoppable old babe do her thing. Go see the movie . . . if you are doing half as much as Joan you surely will see your dream come true.

Do I dare write a Joan Rivers Rap?

Joan Rivers gives me the shivers
But, man that chick has some balls
She works from sun up
To sun down
To make sure her career never stalls
Her vagina must be around her neck
From all the nip and tuck
She’s survived and thrived in a mans world
And it had nothin’ to do with luck
So my hat’s off to Joan
Doin’ her thing on her own
Bitch has paved the way for many of us
So get on, get on, get, get on the bus

How do you work your dream like Joan Rivers?  How many obstacles have you overcome?

Keep on dreamin!


Laurie has several amazing dreams going on in her life at this time. She left 8 Women Dream in November of 2010 to focus on Club B and her NIA business.

  • Can’t wait to see the movie now! Looking forward to our upcoming 8 Women Dream meeting and catching up with all you chicks!

    Thanks for sharing! – H

  • shle896

    I saw the film a couple of weeks ago in Chicago, and it is simply awesome! I came out of it with a newfound respect for Joan! Her work ethic is like none other and it really shows you that there is such a double-standard in show business! When all the male comedians tell a good joke, they’re so funny! But when Joan does the same thing, she’s a bitch!? Why do people confuse her stand-up comedy with her real life? It’s insane! Who knew she was a jewelry mogul, Ivy League educated, a Tony nominated actress and a prolific writer for stage and screen, not to mention more than a dozen books?

    Joan Rivers is truly awesome and no matter what you think of her comedy, it’s hard not to respect her very charitable heart and her made-of-steel work ethic!

    I hope everybody gets to see this movie!

  • Toni Schram

    When Joan got her own show, Johnny called her twice and hung up on her each times and never said a word to her for the rest of his life.

    Wow, Johnny, you nurtured her and benefited from her talent and then she gets her big break and you showed her zilch in support! That’s NOT funny!

    She was black balled UNTIL she did “Celebrity Apprentice” in ’09. Over 30 years!

    Have you ever thought of getting a group together and performing your raps on youtube? LOL

    Just goes to show the tenacity in which Joan fought for her dreams~ whew, I’m exhausted!

  • Laurie

    Your Dad was ahead of his time Cat. My Dad hated Joan and Phyllis Diller. You know those loud mouth broads expressing themselves didn’t go over well with Elmer.
    Later Gator.

  • Laurie

    Remy, see the movie, it will blow your mind….OY, the energy that woman has.

  • Laurie

    Thanks Stephanie! I am going to do some you -tube rappin’. And I appreciate the encouragement. Joan Rules!
    Love, Laurie

  • Stephanie

    Joan River Rules–Go see the movie! I grew up watching her on Johnny Carson and loved the film. Laurie–Put your RAP on You Tube, NOW!
    Just found your website WOW!

  • Remy G

    I guess I had some assumptions about her as well, would love to see this movie. She does work her butt off, and obviously has not been easy at all for her….and that bakery in Freestone has the best pesto goat cheese walnut bread I’ve ever tasted. I may have to take a drive!
    Joan Bitch hosts the BB – awesome! She’d totally Do it!
    Have a great week….rem

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  • Catherine, Site Admin

    I have heard so many great things about this movie and critics think it is a great documentary – I am dying to go see it!

    My father loved her as a comedian and appreciated the fact that she was a woman pushing her way into a man’s world. He admired her for that.

    The more stories I hear about Johnny Carson, the person, the less I think of him. He always ends up sounding like a bastard.

    You should pitch your bitter bus to her . . .