Somewhere around this time last year I brought a friend to the bar, we had a beer and I convinced him to start taking improv classes with me. 7 levels later, some-50 0dd weeks, 3+ nights a week – we finally graduated last night. I have mixed feelings about it, I’ll certainly miss the structure of practicing with a group I’ve come to know so well over the past year, I’ll miss the pointed teachings of the amazing instructors, and I’ll miss the social aspect of it all. On the other hand, it’s 2 free nights a week, with which I can do anything I want. I’ve already started to book stand up gigs to fill that mini-void.
What I really wanted to say here though is this, if you’ve ever toyed with the idea of taking improv classes, if you’ve ever wanted a little release from the daily grind, or you want to start acting, or you just enjoy laughing – run! Run to iO West or a training center near you. DO NOT HESITATE. My only single regret is that I did not start sooner.
An overwhelming majority of my best friends have come from this past year. They are smart, funny, and together we’re all working towards greater industry goals. The networking aside – you’ve got nothing to lose and an entirely new world to gain.