‘If you want to be interesting, be interested’ – honestly, I think I use this more in real life than I do in improv. A few people have told me they appreciate my conversation style because I do not just ask a question about a topic and then move onto the next topic. I probe with a few more questions that dive below the surface of a topic.
‘Go in the direction you are facing’ – I have felt stuck in a few scenes, then you popped in my head with this saying. That quickly got me back to where I needed to be in the next moment of the scene, and the panic subsided. Additionally, this statement is good real-world advice that I have kept in my back pocket (and have dispensed to a few other people, too). It just adds to the idea that what you learn in improv you can apply to real life.
I really appreciate the premium you place on patience and being present. [Where I perform] there seems to be a lot of ‘loud’ improv with crazy characters. That is fine, and once in awhile it is good to mix things up with a scene with a slower build. That is a space where I thrive. It is refreshing to find an instructor who validates that my style is also needed on stage!
‘YOU ARE WASTING A LOT OF GOOD MONEY AND YOU ARE WASTING MY SUNDAY AFTERNOON! QUIT PLAYING IT SAFE – TRUST EACH OTHER – TRUST YOURSELF – GO BIG AND LET THE ART FLOW GODAMMIT!’
I wanted to say thank you for bridging the gap that’s always existed for me between “acting” and “improv” – you were 100% right that they’re one in the same, and I’m proud to now call myself an actor that improvises…For me that’s a pretty important realization, and something I couldn’t have figured it out so clearly without you. So once again I say – thanks.