|Kill the ponies. All of them.
||[Oct. 8th, 2007|12:08 am]
The best thing I learned this weekend in the 3-for-All workshops can be summed up in two words:
To get into more details, it's not really anything new at all, in terms of improv theory. Almost everyone says that whatever you're doing, you should commit fully to it. But the way Stephen Kearin put it finally made it make sense to me in a tangible, practical way.
Sometimes you get to a point where you've either made what you perceive to be a mistake, or you've reached a place you're really not comfortable being. And at that point you can make light of the situation, wink at the audience, or possibly just shy away from it. Or you can just double down. Grit your teeth and dive in, and embrace it.
But it applies to more than just mistakes... it's also for knowing your character. Like you find yourself turning knobs on a ham radio, and you have no idea what it's like to do that. Double down, and feel the weight of the knobs, the sound they make when turning, the exact sequence you have to do to keep the thing operating.
Abstracting out even further... I find myself in a slump, or questioning my talent, or wondering what will become of the troupe in the long haul... Double down. Dig in. Define it. Embrace it.