In improv it is easy to slow down. You stop playing in so many shows. You stop attending shows you’re not in. You stop taking classes. You just simply stop. You’ve all but given up.
You become complacent. You think you’re garbage, so why bother. You think bar shows are a waste of time. You think you’ve learned it all OR you think that you are the worst and no classes will help. You’ve given up prioritizing improv. Improv has taken a back seat to other things in life. I understand that. We’ve all been there. We all have a life outside improv. (WHAT!?!?! A life outside improv?!? It is a thought too crazy to really conceive of!)
But here’s the thing: if you want to get better (or even just maintain what improv skill you’ve got now) you have got to keep going (#NeverSurrender). In another post I describe a game I call “Don’t Break the Chain”, which is essentially a game where you’ve got to keep the momentum going in order to not break the “chain”. The same rule applies to the art of improv itself. Don’t slow down or you will lose momentum in your improv! Never Give Up, Never Surrender!
Be signed up for your next class before the one you’re in concludes. Have another show booked before the one you’re on happens. Join another team – or better yet form your own improv team with all those people you’ve always wanted to! It’s tough, but constantly having classes, a show or being on an omnipresent team, makes it harder to slack on your improv. It limits your excuses.
Look, I know we all get down on ourselves and have a million things on the go. So I’ll end by saying: it’s okay to take a break from improv . But if improv is what you love, (after enough time has passed) keep doing it. The more you do, the better you will get, and the more rewarding it will become.
How To … Never Give Up, Never Surrender:
· Make it a rule to improvise (in a class, in a show, at a bar!) at least once a week
· Just keep improvising any chance you can
· Did I mention improv!
· Never Give Up (unless it’s drugs)
· Never Surrender (unless you’ve been kidnapped by pirates)
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