I loved improv when I first did it, but I didn’t even know that’s what I was doing. Improv. I just knew that it was fun and I made a lot of people laugh. When I started taking classes in improv, I got really into it. I’m not sure I loved it anymore as much as I really wanted to figure it out. I have a bit of a perfectionist thing and I wanted to get it “right” for a very long time. I tried everything. I used to do a lot of big moves that would occasionally freak out my team mates. I would do only “supportive” moves and not own anything for myself. I would do straight man to a point where my point of view was lost as a person/character. I’ve been kicked off of teams, kicked people off teams, started teams, ended teams, coached teams, you name it. I’ve been doing this improv thing for close to 9 years, and NOW I love it.
I have my UCB-LA Harold audition coming up and I am nervous about my nerves. I get really heavy and feel like it’s hard to move around. This was very problematic as a cheerleader and it leads to very base scene work. For some reason, even though I love doing 2-person scenes, I get nervous in these auditions when they’re being reviewed. I feel like getting to do a Harold is much more freeing and I have more of a chance to shine.
This week has been a bit of UCB cram week and it’s a little silly that I’m cramming, because I already do a lot of improv. I have been asked to join a lot of teams and am currently on more than 3 performance teams. Some rehearse, some don’t. I average about 10 shows a month with rehearsals 3-5 times a week. While this UCB cramming isn’t necessary, holy cats, it’s so much fun.
Sure, some of these audition-prep workshops can be heady and each teacher has been focusing on different things but, the laughs. I love doing a scene and feeling that I know I’ve got it. I’ve got the scene, the relationship, the grounding, but I’m not even thinking about any of that because it’s just FUN.
Confidence and freedom are irreplaceable gifts. I’m grateful that I am feeling comfortable in both.
My goal for this audition: