I’ve taken a few acting classes at local community colleges in the past.
They’re great for a lot of reasons. One is you get to meet some interesting people who aren’t afraid to get out of their comfort zone.
They also help you uncover lots of issues about expressing yourself. The best actors are the ones you basically “let it all hang out” while on stage, so in acting class you end up doing a lot of exercises to help you express yourself more comfortably and confidently.
You also get to play a lot of cool games, also designed to let you drop your defenses and have fun.
All in all, it’s GREAT training for life.
Once I took this improv class. When I signed up, all I knew about improv was that it was a type of comedy.
But in this particular class, this was much, much more. Meaning we had to do scenes without any lines, without any context, and without any direction. We just had to “make it up on the fly.”
If regular acting class teaches you to be more expressive and confident, improv teaches you to be much more spontaneous and “in the moment.”
Of course, when you are actually putting on a play or doing a scene that actually want people to see and enjoy, you’ve got to have some kind of context, lines and a decent story.
Nobody really wants to pay money to see a movie or watch a play where people are just making it up as they go along.
The harsh truth is that many of us live our lives as if we are in some big improv class. We’re kind of making stuff up as we go along, and at the same time we’re waiting for the script writers and directors to show up and tell us what to do.
However, if you REALLY want to create a magnificent life filled with great relationships, huge income streams, and long life generating health, you’ve got to fill all those rolls yourself. You’ve got to be the script writer, the director, AND the actor.
Nobody’s going to tell you what to do.
That’s YOUR job.
Luckily, it’s not that difficult. All you’ve got to do is create a plan in the right way, and take the right daily action, and you’ve your own blockbuster.