Go Study with Rich Sohn
I just love studying with Rich in his Pack Level 2 Improv Class — I feel like I learn something new every time I work with him, or I look at something I’ve taken granted – like space object work – with new and fresh eyes, a renewed energy and focus to charge my improv with new purpose and intention.
Enjoy these quotes, and I hope they bring as much insight and learning to you as they did to me.
“We put too much weight on ourselves when we’re doing object work that it has to be perfect and that the audience has to get it; if you believe it, they believe it, and it gives you a chance to play an emotion.”
“Good object work creates structure from which you can express your character.”
“The tendency with object work is to show us that you’re doing it, but does that mean you’re actually experiencing the thing or indicating?”
“Indicating – Really charading your object work so that the audience gets what you’re doing; it’s not about actually doing the thing.”
“Indicating is residue of fear or lack of commitment. Person is not consciously doing it. There’s an artificiality to it.”
“The goal is to have the environment you create be as real for you as you can and be as useful for you as you can.”
“You find a way to express your character through object work.”
“Add an emotion to your object work to give your character some intention.”
“The audience sees the intention and forgives any issues with the object work.”
“The audience doesn’t care about the accuracy of your mime work if you’re character is acting with intention.”
“The audience’s eyes are looking at your character, not your craft (whatever space object thing you’re doing).”
“When you hit something in a performance class that makes you uncomfortable, it’s something you should invest in harder – it’s a sign of what your pressure points are.” – Rich said this in reference to the space object work exercise we did in class
Hey y’all, all I gotta say is: Go study with Rich!
PS: Neal Dandade is pretty badass too.
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