When In Doubt…IMPROV.



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What do you see in this picture? If you were an art critic and needed to describe this, what would you say? Notice how the background is blurred and the flower is in focus. Does that change your perception of the photograph? Okay, so you’re probably wondering what this has to do with anything, and my answer to that is the fact that it doesn’t. Sometimes in life you have to take a moment to notice and think about things that don’t have anything to do with life. When you begin to notice deeper meaning to random things, life suddenly gets more interesting.

A few posts ago, I posted about How To Ace Your Audition and I brought up this little skill called IMPROV. Improv is short for improvisation which is a kind of acting where everything is made up on the spot. There is a TV show called Who’s Line Is It Anyway? which is all about improv and your school may be lucky enough to have a improv group/club.

I have been a part of an improv club for going on three years now and in all honesty it has been one of the coolest things I have ever chosen to do. Every week I get to spend an hour with my friends and act. It’s awesome. If you are into acting, need something fun to do, or have a great sense of humor then keep on reading. THIS POST IS FOR YOU, BUDDY!

The point of the picture at the beginning of this post was to make you think outside the box. Most people see a flower, and others take a long time to think about how artsy they can describe it. Improvers (I don’t think that is a word but it fits anyway :D) go by the rule of “First Thought”, so even if the first word they thought was yellow like a circus elephant, this picture could have deeply have been related to a yellow circus elephant. The idea is just to go with it, no matter what.

Here are some ways that you too can start or perfect your improv skills.

  • Face the audience
  • First Thought
  • Sometimes it’s okay to break the fourth wall
  • Move around
  • Make random things make sense
  • have fun
  • Stay in the scene and remember to stay in character
  • Try not to laugh in scenes
  • Speak up

There are plenty of fun improv games to work on, and after a while it becomes second nature. Even if you are not too comfortable at first, feel free to sit back and watch how it’s done. Usually improv leads to a lot of humor and comedy!

Let me know…Are you involved in improv? How do you think improv helps us in life? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Improvising!


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