So, I’ve been waiting for someone to explain this extremely simple concept to me my entire life.
Hooooly shit I needed to read this article.
"When I interview leaders, artists, coaches, or athletes who are very successful, they never talk about perfectionism as being a vehicle for success. What they talk about is that perfectionism is a huge trigger, one they have to be aware of all the time, because it gets in the way of getting work done."
Sometimes you need to remember where you are coming from, how far you’ve come and that improv and comedy have saved you from being that asshole who thinks everything and everybody needs to be perfect and fool proof all the time. Being able to fail, miserably and in front of other people, or making a fool of yourself on purpose AND in front of others is what helps you move forward. It’s not “location” related, or who you hang out with or whatever, it’s you being able to “yes, and” and just living in the reality of the moment, no matter what, and not taking yourself too seriously because hey, life’s not that serious, am I right?? It’s just a pain sometimes, but we can make it work.
Okay! I present here for improv nerdy delight and judgment a series of exercises on handling accusations in a scene. Each one evolved out of the previous one, and I think they’re each useful for different levels.
When I say “handling accusations” I mean treating accusations like gifts rather than an excuse to fight or to prove your character “right.”
And when I say “accusations” I mean both:
- Actual accusations, like: “Hey, Jeremy, YOU were supposed to invite people to this party!”
- And the related ‘explain this' statement which is less angry but still makes the other person 'weird': “Jeremy, I hired you to be the clown for my son's birthday party, why are you discussing philosophy with them?”
Both of these things can bait people into either being defensive or deflecting or fighting, so it’s good to practice responding to them.
(Also: great scene ideas in my examples, as always)
EXERCISE ONE: SUPER VILLAIN / MASTERMIND