04 Jan BARBARA FOLLOWS HER GUT TO IMPROVISE AND GROW
I read about Brave New Workshop Student Union improv classes in the StarTribune. I signed myself up for the Everyday Improv Level 1 course without hesitation. Typically, I would have taken more time before making a decision. But, I had a gut feeling that improv would be good for me.
Studying improv is giving me the chance to explore sides of myself I did not know existed. I am a creative at heart. I thought improv would help me break out of my systematic, logical mindset and have fun. Now I’m utilizing my creative side routinely by practicing declarations and even voices in my spare time.
As I continue my improv journey, I find that fully surrendering myself to a scene is very difficult. Letting go of my instinct to contradict and allowing an idea to grow are challenges that I am actively working to overcome. It takes practice.
Everytime I go to improv class, I am gaining valuable skills that translate into my real life. Improv has stretched me physically and mentally. I feel sharp and I’m promoting a lighten-up attitude. This idea transfers well to how I interact with my friends and family.
I did not foresee the lasting changes in myself and in my life [from improv]. Improv is a safe place where I am allowed to grow and joke without any judgement. I recommend improv to anyone who is looking to be the best version of themselves.
Be Brave. Do Improv.