||[Aug. 8th, 2005|11:29 pm]
Nearly as terrifying as doing improv is watching yourself do improv. Sean gave me a DVD of our graduation show. I'm proud that I made it all the way through the viewing. How was it? Meh. It was a graduation show. Could've been a lot worse, I guess. Also, I look nothing like my mental image of myself, really.
UPDATE: Bob's right. I did learn some useful things from watching myself. 1) I fiddled with my fingers too much, making me look nervous. 2) I have the habit (at the beginning of the show) of shielding my eyes so I can get a good look at the people in the audience. I'm not sure what's wrong with that, but it seemed to take away from the, err... professionalism of the show.
Yup. the camera doesn't lie, nor can it be bought off. Truly a cruel device. Still, it's better to make friends with your unvarnished recorded self because it really does help you see bad stage habits and give you a chance to correct them.
The last time I checked, my posture sucked, I resembled Big Fig from the old Fig Newton commercials, my voice is too nasal, I fiddled with my hands too much, and my eyes darted back and forth like hard drive LEDs when I was thinking. Uck.
Yeah, I've never been satisfied with myself on film...is anyone though? What did you do at your graduation show?
I do that sheilding and fiddling thing too...oops. Good to know. Along with that "no suggestions from improvisers at other shows" comment. hah
Did you know that when you yelled out Monkey and Dolphin?
What is your mental image of yourself?
That was a lot of questions.
No, I didn't expect to be satisfied. I didn't want to watch it at all, but then this little nagging voice told me I was afraid, and then it reminded me that conquering fear was an important part of improv, so I watched it.
The graduation show was basically a Maestro show without elimination. And the audience was filled with our friends and family. So low pressure. I did Twin Pillars, New Choice, String of Pearls, and a few other things I can't recall (and which weren't in the video).
Yeah, I totally knew I should be yelling stuff out, but I was feeling rebelious. Maybe it was because had warmed up and had energy to burn. I don't think I yelled monkey, though. Sorry if I was annoying. I forget that I tend to have a loud voice sometimes.
I don't really know how my mental image of myself varies from my actual image. I think it may just be that whole mirror flippng thing. I only see my reflection, mostly, but that's flipped horizontally from how an image is. I think what I'm trying to say is, I'm assymmetrical.
Watching tapes of yourself is the best way to fix your damn idiotic mannerisms. Tom went crazy just from listening to tapes of himself. Now he is dead.
When I first started listening to tapes of my radio show, it drove me crazy. I sounded like a surfer dude without the surfer dude accent, a description that only makes sense to me. I still feel the same way, but I've grown to like it.
2005-08-09 01:32 pm (UTC)
...since you suffered through it, I guess I should do the same. Bring it to rehearsal tonight.
Anyway, at least it was a graduation show from..what...2 months ago? We've improved since then.
You should perform something centered around eye shielding and finger fiddling.
And I'm downright fascinated/horrified with myself on video. He's such a different guy than the one I live inside of. He giggles too much and looks very sloppy.
I never thought of you as looking sloppy. Evil, yes, but sloppy, no.
In high school, for a class project, some guys I knew needed someone to play the devil in a video they were making. They came straight to me.
I remember liking the graduation show. Also, Andy seems not to like having Maestro be professional.