So I started doing improv comedy last November and it's been a thrill/love affair I can't do without. It literally makes me a better person. And I'd recommend it to anyone - to watch; to try.
My first class was at Sidestage Improv in San Diego (in University Heights). It was taught by Mike and Chris - two comedic giants/duo team here - and they were amazing.
I've been doing improv since.
Anyways, I'm writing, today, about this lovely, lovely, lovely post Mike made about his recent trip to an improv camp. And he talks about being "GOOD ENOUGH." I just wanted to repost and share it in it's full brilliance because sometimes, you just need someone to remind you that you are, in fact, "good enough."
About a half mile to the west is a larger cabin (some would call it a lodge), and scattered in the woods between these cabins are about 90 improvisors. Each year, we travel from all over the world to spend a long weekend together at Camp Improv Utopia. We do scenes underneath redwood trees, we try our hands at camping activities, and we study with some of the best teachers on the planet. Right now, I can hear Jill Bernard's voice echoing up the hill. She's telling a group of students to remember that they're good enough.
It may not seem like much, but it's probably the most important note that you'll hear in your entire life: you're good enough.
It's easy to forget, right? By doing this work, you're not only good enough, you're a badass mamma jamma. Nobody has a perfect batting average. You'll do some soupy scenes. You'll have rough sets. You'll probably plateau for a while. But you're still a badass mamma jamma, because you're doing it; you're stepping onto an empty stage without a plan, and you're fine with that.
If you ever feel like you're not enough, remember that nobody else in the world is bringing your experience to that stage, and nobody else is going to improvise like you. Not me. Not Jill Bernard. Nobody. So take the rough sets, enjoy the good, and remember that you're a badass mamma jamma.
You're good enough.
I'm going to go shoot a bow and arrow,
Mike McFarland - May 24, 2015
Go see some improv.