Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Like a support group

Tonight I attended a drop-in session for improv and sketch comedy. It's something that I've always been secretly curious about but too shy to try so it seemed like the perfect chance to see what it was all about. Also, I've been feeling pretty restless lately and in need of something new that might expand my boundaries so I was excited to see what the session would bring.

It was a small gathering, a handful of people (a tiny hand), and I felt like a sore thumb sticking out. As I walked in, the teacher was in the middle of sharing an anecdote and I suddenly felt like someone who had just crashed an intimate party. As it turned out, the other participants had already been to several sessions with the same teacher so everyone knew each other.

The mood changed quickly, however, as the group welcomed me and personal stories were exchanged. We then jumped right in by doing two improv exercises which left me feeling absolutely exhilarated! Seriously, it was such a very liberating experience, not to mention so much fun! Finally, a forum to tap into all of my nonsensical thoughts and a place to share my insane scenarios and ideas!  (Why on earth hadn't I tried this sooner?!)  It almost felt like a support group - very therapeutic, I must say.

On a practical level, this session offered me both professional and personal applications. There were ideas discussed that could be helpful for clients I work with, for example those preparing for interviews who struggle with answering questions or presenting their personal stories or narratives in ways that are both relevant and entertaining to prospective audiences or in this case, employers. For me, it was all about getting a glimpse at being able to manage the spontaneity of conversation and formulate responses to either sustain or engage dialogue. (Imagine?!) I loved it all and was sad when the session ended.

I can't wait to go again next week and see what we'll do next! (I'm actually giddy thinking about it! Heh heh.)

1 comment:

Joel said...

Sounds like it was a lot of fun! I'll have to see if there's a similar group like that here in Calgary!