An improv scene can start anywhere. It can start in any location. It can start at the beginning of a relationship or near the end. It can start in the middle of a conversation. Good improvisers don’t concern themselves too much about the starting point. It’s ultimately arbitrary. What’s important is where you are in the moment and discovering where you’re going next.
With this blog, I hope to share my struggles and discoveries. Improvisational acting is a challenging but rewarding endeavor. No matter what your personal roadblocks are, the greatest improvisers in the world have been tangled up by the same things. The difference is, they’ve figured out how to move past them. And you can, too.
The title of this blog refers to a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson – “We boil at different degrees.”
Some improvisers catch on quickly. Some take years to get the hang of it. Some learn by listening. Some learn by doing. Some learn by reading. Some prefer the Annoyance style, some prefer iO. Some like the games of ComedySportz. There is a path that is right for you. You will grow at your own rate. You will leap past obstacles your peers struggle with. And you will feel left behind. But if you keep at it, you will eventually find your boiling point. When you do, you will feel like you can play anywhere with anyone at any time.
So let’s begin. Right now. Right here. Let’s turn up the heat.