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In The First Place  
  Started at Thu May 13 16:25:11 2004
As my final month of improv in Utah approaches, I look back on my experience and wonder what got me into improv in the first place. For one, I always used acting as a therapy of sorts and the year I started I was so busy with AP Classes that I would not have time for scripted theater. But I think the real reason I started was to prove to myself that I could create something, if only for an instant. Sure, I loved going to the Off Broadway when I was younger and thinking about how cool it would be to get all those people laughing because of you. I've always wanted to be a part of something that stays with people long after it's been performed on a stage. In the end, though, I believe that I needed to prove to myself how capable I was at something -- anything.

I know it sounds selfish, but it's honest as well. So -- keeping those two themes in mind -- why/what/who got you into improv? And now that you're here, was it worth it?


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Re: In The First Place  
  Reply #1 Posted at Thu May 13 17:23:15 2004
I was looking for local community theatre to get involved in and discovered the improv community. Seeing Second City perform resparked my interest in the improv sector. Ryan's class put the star on my improv christmas desire tree. I'm glad that I was able to attend a couple of your workshop's, Jarky. It's awesome to see fellow newbies working their improv muscles. My personal desire to perform has been slowly emerging over the past couple years, be it open mic playing guitar or what have you, and the desire to learn more about what being an actor is all about.

For what it's worth, there it is.

 
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Re: In The First Place  
  Reply #2 Posted at Thu May 13 17:43:59 2004
Since we are in the honesty tree, I must admit that my motives were far from noble when I began. Watching Laughing Stock for years I wanted to do what they do. I wanted to be that guy on stage being silly and funny. Maybe I wanted people to clap and applaud and come up to me after the show and tell me i'm funny.

I decided that I was going to try, no matter how much it scared me. After about a month of classes I concluded, through introspection and others observations, that I was most unfunny person currently alive on the planet. That is when my motivation changed and I got serious about getting better. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.

I didn't do it for the love of the artform or anything like that. I didn't know anything about the artform or theory or even acting. Having discarded dreams of being funny I focused on simpler things like being a great scene partner, building characters, not trying to be funny, being affected by others, listening, ect. But I did it all in the name of getting better to prove something to myself.

I honestly wish I could say my motivation was to learn, to meet others - anything that wasn't so selfish sounding. But its not. I got pushed down and laughed at (figuratively) and ever since I have been trying to prove something to myself.

I assume one day I will grow out of it and find a real motivation.

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Re: In The First Place  
  Reply #3 Posted at Thu May 13 21:13:25 2004
Hmmm - I liked theater and hated learning lines. I liked to just make things up on the fly. In college, I was intrigued by people who did this together. Much safer than standup, more creative than learning lines.

When I got to Utah, I just wanted a release from my tech job. I needed to flex creative muscles and I didn't care who saw me do it, I just didn't want to do it alone. I wantedt o find people wholoved to do this as much as I did.

I don't care if the form is short or long, if I get endowed with an accent or have to bring a game back in the next beat... I love to create with others and make something bigger than I ever could alone.

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Re: In The First Place  
  Reply #4 Posted at Fri May 14 09:57:04 2004
Well, I was a freshman in college and sort of having a hard time with things (as you usually do when you first move out of the house) and went to talk to my acting teacher about why I wasn't being cast and what I needed to do to improve myself as an actress. She told me that I should go to the improv workshop. I had tried improv in highschool and had done so bad that I promised myself that I would never do it again. But, Valeen pushed me and told me that she thought I'd be perfect for it, so I went. I was scared out of my mind, but Kris Fitz who ran the workshop was so supportive of me and really made me feel that I wasn't the horror of an improver I thought I was. Then my second time being there he cast me in a show for that weekend, and from that scary moment on, I was hooked. I even remember the first game I played where I felt in my bones that maybe I could do this. I haven't regreted it for a second. It has made me better as an actress, made me more comfortable in my skin in all areas of theatre and my life. It is what I want to do for the rest of my life. It has made me want to tell everyone around me about how great it is, and everytime we do a show and someone comes up to me and says, "I get it, it's awesome that this is happening in Cedar City...it should happen more often." I can't express how fuzzy I feel inside....but that could just be my grizzly bear underwear.

Anyway, my two cents.
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Re: In The First Place  
  Reply #5 Posted at Fri May 14 11:47:06 2004
Improv has always intrigued me. I just didn't know that it was something I wanted to pursue until the beginning of this year. Leopardess was actually the one who invited me to come play. I've been there ever since.


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Re: In The First Place  
  Reply #7 Posted at Thu May 20 14:38:17 2004
i went to a joe rogan workshop without ever seeing an improv show. he talked about it like it was something he studied and i knew immediately, i wanted to "study" it. i won't stop.

i still don't really have any idea why i decided to go to that kysoff workshop. i think i was just really bored at work and i didn't know anyone in utah other than my brother's circlo of friends, so it seemed like a logical way to remove boredom and meet people.

both ended up true... what's up, friends?

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  Reply #8 Posted at Fri May 21 00:07:25 2004
You're new avatar evokes strange feelings in me. Kind of like cheesysadconfusedundecidedembarassedbandit

 
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  Reply #9 Posted at Fri May 21 09:49:51 2004
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  Reply #10 Posted at Sun May 30 15:27:26 2004
Having aways wanted to preform, I had a love for acting ever since I was Really little. And I never did anything, I sat and I would see plays and go to movies and say some day that will be me. I never took an acting class in my life. Then a fundraiser for one of the teachers kids at my high school came up. Daxton Wilde ( the teachers son) was only 5 and he was dieing of cancer. so put money in buckets around school and had heard a show was going to be done on friday, and all the money went to him. I had no idea what the show was. but My friends and I went and had discovered improv. The show was Quick Wits. And after I found out were it was, and started going, every weekend and started coming up with super hard suggestion, the kind the MC loves and the actors after the game is over goes who in the heck said that? well after coming for a few weeks I started talking to Andrew Jensen. and he made the Comment you have creative suggestions, you probly be good at this, come to our class. and I did and after 4 weeks I was on, even though I looked like I was 13 and only really 16, and I fell in love with the stage all over again. do I regret it, Not for one second.


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  Reply #11 Posted at Mon Jun 7 13:15:07 2004
Why, What, and Who got me started in improv. I apologize already because this might be long and boring for you to read but I'll try to keep it short and entertaining. Ok, well, I was a huge geek in in elementary school and played make-beleive games all the time. My friends and i would play dinosaurs and Star wars and a whole bunch of cool games like that. We would make up everything on the spot. Then I got older and decided that it wasn't cool playing make-beleive. Which I always regretted. Then in high school I took an acting class and we did alot of acting excercises that involved improv in a very simple way. The first time that I did it was when my teacher, Ms. Miles told me to pretend that I was crossing a large river, so I did, then when I was in the middle of the river she told me that the river was getting faster and that i couldn't hold on anymore, so i fell and got washed away by the river. My class thought that it was funny and they laughed. That made me feel good, so then I decided that pretending stuff was rad. I guess that I would have to credit my dorky friends back in elementary school with getting me hooked to making stuff up. Then my teacher Ms. Miles for re introducing it and helping me learn more about it. Then I would have to thank the whole Utah Improv community for the help and inspiration, (holding back tears) and an extra thanks to KYSOff for holding free workshops and introducing me into the Utah improv community. UTAH IMPROV ROCKS!!!!!
Sorry for the sentimental story, Ok, I'm done.

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Re: In The First Place  
  Reply #12 Posted at Thu Jun 10 11:55:25 2004
oh, wow, i just showed up to my highschool drama class and a certain mr. rossander was there, asking about a highschool competition, and i wasn't going to be in the show, but a friend was in a bundle of trouble, and i took his place. i really didn't think i had any skills at all. seriously, like i didn't even think i knew the yes, and concept. but people told me to go, and i figured that i probably wouldn't see any of the people i performed in front of again, and so i decided to go look like an idiot in front of a crowd. yeah, uh, so, i guess adam rossander really got me started. thanks, man. i love you.

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