The Rules

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Imagine a small box.  You live in this box.  You stay in this box and learn about the corners and shape and the texture of this box.  This box is safe.  This box is known.

Then the box grows bigger.  There is more space to discover, possibly more corners.  You learn about the corners and shape and the texture of this new box.  This box is safe.  This box is known.

Then the box loses a wall.  Another wall crumbles behind you.  The ceiling poofs into thin air.  Two walls get sucked into a black hole.  Finally the floor melts away and you are suspended in air.  There is nothing to explore.  There is no knowledge to create a safe space.  All there is is you.

So you go back to the previous box where you are King, where you are confident.

Many of us follow the improv “rules” to a T.  These suggestions have made us better players so we stubbornly hang onto them like gospel.

Yet are these main ideas really the end all be all?  Could it be that we have hampered further growth by refusing to experiment?

A wise man once told me that when you feel like you’ve learned all there is to know about an art form then you should stop.

I’ve forgotten that.

I’ve been so focused on perfecting all the rules of improv that I’ve forgotten I should be learning MORE, experimenting MORE and not just practicing what I do know.  That’s why I’m still in the second box.

In case it isn’t clear, the box represents the rules.

Don’t get stuck.  Get Suspended.

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