Stop comparing where you’re at with where everyone else is. It doesn’t move you farther ahead, improve your situation, or help you find peace. It just feeds your shame, fuels your feelings of inadequacy, and ultimately, it keeps you stuck. The reality is that there is no one correct path in life. Everyone has their own unique journey. A path that’s right for someone else won’t necessarily be a path that’s right for you. And that’s okay. Your journey isn’t right or wrong, or good or bad. It’s just different. Your life isn’t meant to look like anyone else’s because you aren’t like anyone else. You’re a person all your own with a unique set of goals, obstacles, dreams, and needs. So stop comparing, and start living. You may not have ended up where you intended to go. But trust, for once, that you have ended up where you needed to be. Trust that you are in the right place at the right time. Trust that your life is enough. Trust that you are enough.
In learning how to draw, there’s a concept called symbol drawing. It’s where you draw symbols, understood intellectually, to represent the thing you want to draw. For example, an eye may be a circle with a dot in the middle. These symbols may rise or fall in complexity, but they are still symbols. Symbols are like signposts saying “Here, this is an eye.”
They do not reflect an understanding of volume, shape, and form. And they definitely do not reflect what a person actually sees. Drawing what you actually see is not an intellectual exercise. An artist must be a little detached from their subject: I am not drawing a human body, I am drawing a collection of shadows and highlights. Being able to draw what you see marks a light years’ improvement in the skills of an artist.
What is the commensurate experience in an improvisor’s life? Certainly there is being jokey, but that’s not the same. I’m talking about playing intellectually, of playing the shorthand that indicates at a feeling. What does it look like when an improvisor plays the semblance of a life? And how do we then push the improvisor to then really play what they see, not what they know?
Richmond, VA has a burgeoning comedy scene and The Richmond Comedy Coalition (RCC) is at the heart of it. The RCC puts on great improv comedy shows right now about 3 times a month and teaches 4 levels of improv classes that have grown tremendously in attendance Now we’re trying to expand farther. We have recruited a lot of great new performers and plan to open a new comedy theater (The Coalition Theater) in the arts district of Richmond that will house various performances weekly.
WE WANT MORE FUN!
We’re currently heading a kickstarter campaign to get the money we need to furnish our new space.