The Improv Life: It All Comes Down to Communication and Connection
I took a series of personality test years ago courtesy of my university’s career center. Taking personality tests became a norm for me while at Cal.
The Myers Briggs was used extensively by a professor of mine to help students gain insights into their personalities, flaws, and opportunities for growth. I took his class 3 times.
This other test I took was specifically to assess which careers I would be best fit for.
Honestly, I looked at the results and didn’t process them. I had Brazil on my mind as I was leaving for a life changing study abroad experience.
But I knew better than to just throw them away. I put the test results in a folder and decided I’d look at it later.
Later became years later. I was thinking about my life path, and if I had made the right choices. I dug up the folder, pulled out the test, and poured over the findings.
What they said was this: I was best equipped to work in something with communication and connection which could involve writing, leadership, and other stuff in those areas.
When I read it, I was a writing tutor, leading an improv group, part of others, doing weekly shows in Orange County and LA, writing blogs and poems.
Honestly, it was like looking at a photograph of myself wedged in the corner of a mirror with the photograph looking back at me: this was who I was then, who I am now, and probably who I’ll always be.
Ironically, it was that same Brazil trip where I decided that no matter what I did with my life, I was going to live as a writer. I wanted to live as a writer – because looking back – writing (and all its forms, which include improv and performing) was a way of communicating and connecting with people – a 2-in-1 activity that would express my heart and fulfill my soul, giving my life a purpose that would transcend any job, place, or relationship.
That’s a hell of a promise I made to myself, and looking at these test results all these years later only confirmed that I made the right choice.
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