LOOKING FORWARD TO OCTOBER
As I mentioned last week, I went to an independent TV festival in Duluth called the Catalyst.
This festival featured screenings,script readings and networking events for writers, artists and producers across the video streaming industry giving artists an opportunity to meet industry executives, agents, and producers. I included some of the Comedic Series and their premise in this post.
My favorite one was called Bootstrapped,it follows two underdog entrepreneurs, Madeline and Aimee as they struggle to be taken seriously launching their fashion and tech start up in their humble midwest town of Kansas City. I liked this one because I cared about the characters and what they were trying to accomplish. Their characters were believeable and I could imagine the story going on forever.
Last week I also talked about how I saved money for my trip to Duluth by driving for LYFT. And I remembered a customer asking: where do improv actors get their ideas?
Our ideas come from our subconscious or our daily life. One thing I try to think of is: 'How can I heighten the scene?' And you can heighten a scene by finding something unusual that your improv partner has said, then you label it, like: "You always say this (blank). ' And then you keep heightening the unusual bit.
Usually there’s a good guy and bad guy in a scene and someone is always checking the bad guy for their moral choices or thinking process.
I also get the question, 'How long have you been doing improv?' Since April. I’ll practice once or twice or week. I’m in a group and I also go to a class
I try my best to never look out into the audience. I tend to look over the top of their heads because otherwise it would create a lot of pressure for me.
I’m recognizing more and more actors at the same venues, like HUGE or STRIKE theater and I find myself thinking 'Where do I know this person from?' Often times, the actor will remind me of someone I've seen on TV, which is a huge compliment to the actor because it means their mannerisms and gestures are similar to those in Hollywood. One of the greatest things about improv I read in an article by Highexistence is that improv is a blast ! (Quote)
"Going out and playing with a community of funny creative people is extremely fun. You are all nervous together, so there’s a really supportive atmosphere Plus, you get to break norms and return to a state of play like when you were a kid on the playground.
Reading: The Magic Path of Intuition by Florence Scovel Shinn
Sunday: The Sunday Post