How To Get The Most Out Of Your Improv Class
It’s the start of a new term, and that means you’re about to be walking into a room ready for some make-’em-ups with a batch of new (and some known) faces. Here’s some tips for getting the most out of your class, whether it’s the first class of the term, or the last!
- Show up early.
Not only does this mean class can start on time, and you won’t be traipsing around while people try to warm-up, but it gives yourself some time to properly prepare for, and get the most out of, your class.
- Shake off the day.
If you’ve had a particularly tough day, don’t be afraid to take some time to shake off the day. Whether it’s a couple of minutes meditation, or just grabbing a glass of water before class to settle your mind, this can be a great way to limber up the mind.
- Warm up the body, warm up the brain.
Doing a couple of stretches is another great way to use some time before class, even something quite light can do a lot to get your brain energized and ready for improvisation. This could also take the form of a little improv game that you and another early-worm already know – another cool way to get to know someone!
- Take notes.
It’s impossible to fully process everything you hear during a class, by writing it down you give yourself the chance to reflect on it when you’re off-stage, and with some distance from the exercise/scene. If you don’t understand a note, ask for clarification. If you don’t agree (which is different to understanding it), write it down, and take some time outside of class to process it.
- Be focused, be kind.
Much easier if you’ve taken some time to prepare yourself and arrived early. When other people are performing/working, give them your attention, and be giving with your joy. This person is doing the work to grow and develop themselves, give them all the support you think this deserves – and be equally kind and supportive of your own work!
- Do the work.
It can be tough to do a full days work and then jump up and improvise. Remind yourself that you’re here for you, and the best gift you can give yourself is appro
aching every exercise with commitment and enthusiasm.
- If this is true, then what else is true.
Much is said about the benefits of Improv at work, in life and in leading a happier life. Try applying some of the principles in other parts of your life.
- Apply the notes.
If you’re performing, or jamming, try applying notes that you’ve received. Give yourself the gift of a different experience.
Take time to rest your mind and your body, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and while Improv has a lot to teach us about taking life in your stride, you still need to look after your mind and body.