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Improv as a journey

I’ve been improvising for 19 years now and teaching for 11 years.

Improvisation is a strange passion. There’s something almost smoke like about it. We spend all our time creating performances that exist only in the moment never to be seen again. We create scenes that will only ever live as memories flickering in peoples minds.

It can be an exhilarating and incredible hobby filled with brilliant people, laughter and joy. It can also feel lonely and frustrating. How do you measure your progress when there is nothing physically to hold in your hands?

One thing I’ve found about improv over the years is how the importance of improv in my life changes. Sometimes improv is everything, it is all consuming and brings me such joy and happiness. At other times I have genuinely hated improv, it has caused me stress and worry. My imposter syndrome has reared its ugly head and I’ve completely lost all enjoyment in it.

There is nothing wrong with taking a break from improv if you need to. It will always be here when you get back! I took a break for both my maternity leaves and it really gave me the headspace I needed.

How do you feel about improv at the moment? Do you need to lean towards it or take a few steps back?

Improv is for any age so if you need to take a break for 6 months, a year, 5 years it will still be ready and waiting when you get back.

Follow the fun and if improv isn’t fun right now then find some new that is. We’ll be waiting for you with open arms when you’re ready to return.

Katy x

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