I had my first improv class tonight at the Comedy Shrine, and I loved it, as I knew I would. I was a little nervous, sure, but I knew this is what I wanted to do. I thought I’d be a little better at it than I was, but I did pretty well for a newbie, and I had an absolute blast. I wish I could do this every day! I think the teacher summed it up best when he said: “This is your chance to play.” (I get to play!!)
I’ve always known that I was a performer — from my wonderfully nasty imitation of Cinderella’s stepmother in grade school to clarinet and vocal solos and musical theater as an adult — but I never pursued it. Part of it was not being able to find my niche, but part of it was believing what I’d always heard: artists are broke, they have to sell their soul to get anywhere, they are naturally gifted/super beautiful (a lot more talented than I could ever be), etc etc
But I am meant to be involved in something creative, and I’m pretty sure performing is part of it. I love being on that stage. I love those lights. I love the audience. I love forgetting about the rest of the world and getting lost in that moment. I want all of those things.
I’m already looking forward to next week. I’m already working on my character development homework — right now I’m working on cheerleader, an over-emotional child, an under-emotional teen, and nerd or hippie girl — and I just spent a whole 10 minutes gabbing excitedly to Brian about everything from the awkward story game to my favorites: the hitchhiker and freeze tag games. And we have a fantastic group, We still are a bit awkward, but we are already starting to gel. I really like how our teacher described improv as a team. We build on each other’s strengths and we bail each other out in time’s of weakness.
The happiness and fulfillment I’m feeling this evening make me think I may want to stick with my Coursera guitar class afterall. (I was feeling over-committed — as usual.) Should I be crazy and fill every weekday evening with organized fun? Classes up the wazoo? Right now it sounds like an awesome idea. . . . but maybe I want to sleep on it first . . . Sweet dreams!