I’m never really satisfied with my improv. when I perform with people from my class, they have fun even though it always seems like everyone is somewhere else and the responses are usually good. what can i do to get out of my own way? thx
Something I’ve noticed amongst improvisers: we are our own worst critics. But how to banish that voice? Ugh, who knows, right?
Firs, remember that everyone is on your side. Your teammates, the audience, they all want to see you create something wonderful. So if they’re rooting for you, you should be on your side, too.
Second, have fun. Your teammates are doing it, and so should you. (Of course, it seems weird forcing yourself to have fun, but you do that by doing what you think is fun and funny and enjoying yourself).
My question for you is this: what do you want to get out of improv? What would satisfy you? If you’re looking for a perfect finished product, remind yourself that improv (like most/all art) is about the process.
I posted this quote about dance a few months ago, and it bears repeating: When you get onstage, don’t feel like you have to be perfect. It’s an art form, not a science. It’s not supposed to be perfect—it’s supposed to be joyous and thrilling.
And it very much IS like dancing, where you just wanna enjoy moving to the music. With improv, you wanna enjoy creating with your teammates.
So… let go of any self-criticism and judgment. Improv is ephemeral and imperfect, just like us. Have fun, explore, enjoy, thrill and be thrilled.
“No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissastifaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
― Martha Graham