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Spoken word poet John Goode, too, understands “the painful nowning process”:

Goode says the trek to renown was not easy. For several years, he sent the same demo tape to HBO, hoping to get picked up on Def Poetry Jam. They told him he needed to be more animated, theatrical.

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One writing gig led to another, and eventually Goode was able to quit his corporate job and make a living from poetry. In 2006 he received an Emmy nomination for a skit written for the Nick@Nite Black History month campaign.

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But Goode is quick to remind aspiring poets that success does not happen overnight. He encourages writers to “have a plan” before they quit their day job.

Go, John, go.

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