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Improv 101

yay!I took my first improv class last night.

It was a hoot.

I think anybody could do it. Maybe everybody should do it.

There are so many life applications I’ve already learned in class, like accepting (and even welcoming!!!) failure. When you fail it means you’re trying something new and taking a risk. You create a space for vulnerability and you invite others to fail with you. It’s also about taking the attention off of you and giving it to someone else. How can I make Shana look the best right now? It’s about being present. When you’re present, you’re not planning. When you plan, it’s you focusing on you, to protect you or give you the ego boost of having said the funniest thing. We lose opportunities to collaborate that way. Since you have to think fast, you’re probably going to piggyback off of what’s already been done (this is a good thing). You give it a new twist. You add to it. You morph it. All that plus commitment, and blammo! Hilarity ensues!

I’m only one deep, but I think I’m going to get into it. Good stuff.

I’ve always wanted to try it. Though it was one of the scarier things I’ve signed up for in the last few years, once I got there, it was a breeze.

I wonder how much I don’t do because I fear the initial getting-used-to-it phase. How long do we stay at jobs we outgrow because of this? Relationships? Miss out on rock climbing and sailing, because we don’t know how and it’s “hard to learn”? We’re not afraid of the new thing; we’re just afraid of the beginning of the new thing—the going through puberty with the new thing.

Well folks, it’s going to be awkward.

But after one class/month/trial, it’s probably going to be worth it.


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Yes, and… [+ life updates]

yes-and-2Hey guys.

It’s been a while. Over a month! Lots happening here but I’m not going to give you the option of reading a long post about my January. If we have that kind of time, we should close our browsers and read a good book, or call our mothers.

Quick rundown: I quit my job a few weeks ago, moved to Austin last Thursday and now I’m freelancing full time. I’m learning a lot and I love where things are going. I haven’t had time to work on my portfolio, redesign this blog, or even blog at all for that matter (good problem). Always looking for cool projects! Illustration, branding, web, etc.

I’m probably going to handle this blog a bit differently from the past. I want it to be more of a creative outlet and/or share other people’s work I just can’t help but share. It started out that way, but I got caught up in wanting numbers and I thought the only way was to be consistent, even if the posts sucked (like  this → old one.)

I’ll be updating with my lessons learned from working independently, illustration warm ups, IRBS book reports and all sorts of shenanigans I get myself into (Mardi Gras this weekend, for example).

If this blog doesn’t bring me life, I can’t make time for it. I’m letting go of expectations and I’m letting go of numbers defining success.*

*trying to let go of expectations and trying to let go of numbers defining success.

I’ll keep you posted. (BLOG PUN)

t: @beckycmurphy 

p.s. “Yes, and…” drawing inspired by improv show I went to in Dallas a few weeks ago.

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