Do the Work that Fills You Up
Come further up, come further in!
What is your ideal show? Think about it. What will help you grow artistically? What will bring you joy on stage? What kinds of people do you want to work with? What kind of message do you want to give to your audience? What do you want to create?
Am I A Steamroller?
It’s about delving. It’s about refusing to just skim the surface. So what if that’s our almost-spring-resolution? To come further up and further in?
For a lot of improvisers, being labeled a steamroller feels like having a scarlet “S” sewn into your flannel shirt. You get warned time and time again about it. You want to be a great partner! I can’t let my team down!
The good news is, if you’re even worried about this at all, you probably aren’t making a habit of playing that way. Let’s talk about what exactly Steamrolling is!
Improv Should Welcome All Ages
Lately, any time I get up to do a scene - in a show, a class, a jam, a rehearsal - I have one goal: to find joy in that scene. So how do we do that?
Don't Be A Jerk.
Don’t let your age hold you back from performing. There shouldn’t be an age where doing improv is no longer “allowed.” Shows are better the more diverse the cast is, and that includes age. There’s a place in improv for everyone, but only if we make the effort.
Okay, we’ve all heard that “Yes, And” is the first rule of improv, but I’m going to do something truly wild here and disagree. (What?! Is that allowed? Help! Del, help!) (Okay, everyone calm down.)
The first - and possibly only - rule of improv is very simple. Don’t be a jerk.