First off, a sincere congratulations to all of the people who made a harold/house/sketch team recently (as of May 2013).
If you have not made a team, please feel free to look through my previous posts:
You did not get on a UCB Harold team
Improv is a Sports-Rock album (a take on how I think the auditions should be run)
If you’ve made a team:
– Don’t complain about your team like a dick: I don’t care if there’s someone you don’t like, the structure of the shows, your coach, don’t do it. If you must, say “There are things you need to work on as a group.” and that’s it. This was a team put together by the Theater you auditioned for, NOT by you.
– Don’t walk around like an arrogant ass: Reminder, you’re paying to play. Just because a small group of people think you’re good at improv doesn’t make you God’s gift. Bad attitudes breed more bad attitudes and you’ll be chucked off the team in a second (at least I would HOPE so).
There are some of you out there that have auditioned for the “lesser” theaters that are not UCB/Groundlings. Let me be clear, I DO NOT Think these are “lesser” theaters in any way, shape, or form, but I’ve heard you people talk about them as such and it’s not f*cking cool. You decided “I guess I’ll audition for the teams.” and you got on. Please do us all a favor and turn down your placement on a team. You do not deserve to be on a team. Your spirit is not in it and your attitude is gross. Please go away and go do whatever you need to do to get on whatever theater is best in your mind.
Those who didn’t make it or were REMOVED from a team:
– You don’t suck. You don’t suck. You don’t suck.
– Go email or approach the judges and see what you can do for the next round (FYI: they may not remember your exact audition).
– Do a gut check and see if you want to continue with improv. It’s ok to take a break. Reminder, you’ll save money if you take some time off (and I know most of us aren’t rich folk).
– Improv is an artform and you can only continue to grow and change with it, if you are willing. It’s hard not to take this stuff personally (I’m a broken record), but you have not died or lost someone you’ve loved. You’ve been punched in the gut emotionally and now it’s time to step back and see what you want to do from here. These audition rounds are a good time to do a check in to WHY you’re doing improv and what it gives to YOU.
Folks who were removed from a team, I’ve been there. It’s the worst. I think it’s much worse being removed from a team than not making one at all. It’s like “Eh, we tried you out, but no thanks.” Really listen to your gut right now. I know it’s hard, but your gut will really help you figure out what to do next. Do some free writing or go ramble in a forest to figure out what you need. You need to think about YOU and not what (fill in the blank) theater wants from you.