(Can’t believe I’m still in it all these years.)
I’ve seen a lot of people come and go to the improv life these past 10 years.
Everybody comes to it for a different reason, and everybody expects a certain type of outcome from it.
Somebody thinks their funny, so they figure improv will be easy.
Another dude has always wanted to be a comedian, so they choose improv as their way of breaking in to fame and fortune.
Someone else is socially awkward, and they look to improv to heal them of this affliction.
Whatever the reason people come to improv, I’m always surprised that people leave it.
They realize being funny with your group of friends isn’t as easy when working with strangers in front of other strangers.
They lose patience with the time it takes to get good and walk away because of frustration.
They try it, realize it’s not what they expected and cut their losses ASAP.
People leave for a million different reasons.
For me, improv has been everything.
Although I don’t revere it as a religion — I’m not one to champion one improv style over the other, nor claim my improv style as the best one — it’s given me all the things a religion would give you: deep and meaningful relationships, a community of kindred spirits and fellow travelers, an identity rooted from within, a sense of place in the universe and a meaning to my life.
I think if you come to it expecting fast rewards delivered to you on your time table, it will disappoint you.
Improv will reward you. And in ways you don’t expect. But you have to give it time. You have to be kind and patient. Not only with yourself, but with the process and the people sharing the journey with you.
So if you want to be rich and famous, good luck with that; I’m still figuring it out
But if you want to discover a part of yourself you didn’t know you had; if you want to make some deep and impactful relationships that will add meaning and purpose to your life; if you just want have the time of your life doing one of the most fulfilling and joy giving activities one can ever do, do improv.
Do improv and see what rewards it has in store for you.