Imagine - Joe

Joe is 38 years old customer service manager who's always dreamed about being a stand-up comedian. He loves taking in comedy shows and Cirque du Soleil. He enjoys music, movies, and the arts, and he likes to mentor the youth.

He is very much a family man, and family is who he gives most of his time to when he is not working. And family is also where most of his joys but also fears and worries come from.

His dad has been through a few serious health episodes, and so Joe is trying to spend a lot of time with him right now helping him enjoy life while he still can. One-on-one talks with his kids bring him unspeakable joy and are a source of laughs.

As he is getting older he is realizing that it is inevitable that the elderly members of his family will be passing on, and he will lose those who have been a source of wisdom and support for him and his own family. One of the hardest and saddest times Joe's been through was the recent loss of his grandfather, the last surviving grandparent.

Imagine, that you’ve been doing stand-up comedy for a few months, mostly in small bars and clubs in Columbus, and you just got invited to perform at The Second City in Chicago, the benchmark for improv. 

Imagine, that you’ve been doing stand-up comedy for a few months, mostly in small bars and clubs in Columbus, and you just got invited to perform at The Second City in Chicago, the benchmark for improv. 

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Imagine, you’re on stage at The Second City, you’re doing your routine, you’re trying your hardest… but nobody is laughing…

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	mso-fareast-language:JA;}   Imagine, you’re done with your routine, you’re standing on the stage. People LOVED your material, and are going absolutely crazy.

Imagine, you’re done with your routine, you’re standing on the stage. People LOVED your material, and are going absolutely crazy.

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	mso-fareast-language:JA;}   Imagine, you just realized you’re getting older, people around you are getting older, and that soon time will come that you won’t have anymore those who have been here for you, who have been your support system.

Imagine, you just realized you’re getting older, people around you are getting older, and that soon time will come that you won’t have anymore those who have been here for you, who have been your support system.

Imagine, you’re watching your daughter play-wrestle with her older brother, and she’s kicking his butt.

Imagine, you’re watching your daughter play-wrestle with her older brother, and she’s kicking his butt.

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	mso-fareast-language:JA;}   Imagine, you’re sitting across the table from your daughter after you got home from work… and she’s telling you, dead-serious expression on her face, about how she wants to be a plumber.

Imagine, you’re sitting across the table from your daughter after you got home from work… and she’s telling you, dead-serious expression on her face, about how she wants to be a plumber.

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	mso-fareast-language:JA;}   Imagine, you’re sitting in your favorite chair at home, thinking about, remembering your grandparents. 

Imagine, you’re sitting in your favorite chair at home, thinking about, remembering your grandparents. 

Imagine is a project inspired by Howard Schatz’s In Character series of portraits where he asked his subjects - actors - and he suggested to them situations and characters, and captured their portrayal of those situations.

In Imagine, we ask people - friends and otherwise - what they dream to be and see in life, and what they fear. We ask what makes them laugh, and what makes them cry, what brings up emotions and feelings in them. We then ask them to imagine that those dreams and feared moments have materialized.