I wanted to share this direct quote from a student of mine in this WONDERFUL Level A intensive I had the pleasure of leading this weekend. I think it says a lot about not limiting our own creativity and letting our own ideas shine. Here we go:
Why did I limit myself to (being) a bee? That guy was a fucking spoon!
Frig, I love teaching improv.
Second chances help light that fire under your ass necessary to create something magical.
But you can’t always depend on getting ’em. We should try as much as possible to always keep that fire lit; perpetually burning a hole in our pants.
Thanks to Facebook, it’s now easier to get super-reflective on the stuff you’ve been up to over the past, well… since you joined Facebook…. For example, on this day, 7 years ago, I visited Lyon, France. I had a panic attack in a taxi on the way to a Coldplay concert and wasn’t quite sure at the time what was going on. I carried on anyway because I would eventually stand so close to Chris Martin, I’d hoped to catch a bead of his sweat in my mouth. I would later discover Lyon is the hometown of the first CBC employee who would call me a friend.
See how close?!?!
On this day 1 year ago, Gill and I had our first improv set together as a duo at Winprov at the Cage. We called ourselves Exit, Pursued by a Bear. A name combining her love of Shakespeare and my desire to be chased by bears. I would later discover we were bound for more than just that one performance. We founded a monthly show for emerging and established comics to come present and perfect their material all while doing the same with our own craft. This would eventually bring us out to Halifax, where I am currently enjoying performing daily hour-long improv sets for completely new and different audiences than those from our Toronto base at the Social Capital Theatre one Thursday night per month.
At this time, 5 years ago, I was settling into my new apartment in Toronto, having up and left my life in Ottawa. I had some big dreams, which is apparently rare for someone leaving the civil service. I was happy because if I walked a few feet away from my apartment and gazed through the trees, I could see the CN Tower, not knowing how significant that landmark would become to me. I went back to school. I was weeks away from performing stand-up comedy for the first time. Months away to writing my first comedy sketches. Years away from producing my own shows and touring the country, working in one of Canada’s most significant cultural establishments as well as one of North America’s most recognized comedy institutions, from meeting my future husband, (still not used to saying that,) meeting new best friends, new amazing colleagues & immensely talented creative partners and laughing more and harder than ever before.
I would later discover Toronto (dramatic pause) …is my home.
Happy anniversary, you beautiful bitch.
On a day like today, the first day this month that I’ve had to work full time hours on the weekend (just Sunday this week, in the coming weeks it’ll be expected of me Saturdays and Sundays), more than ever I feel the need to promote the latest episode of Nick & my podcast; The Constant Struggle:
This episode was taped on Father’s Day, and we discussed the grind of getting your creative work done under not-so-ideal circumstances. I have a feeling the next episode is going to talk about more of that because this month I will have even less time to do the things I love, which is pretty crazy disheartening.
It’s getting more difficult to manage the balance of work and passion. Work seems to be weighing more heavily. Too bad I’m not a millionaire, y’know? Anyway…
In this episode, we give shout-outs to:
- Drop & Give me 20 stand-up show (Marc Hallworth)
- Robert Ariss Hills (improviser, graphic designer)
- Dan Dingwall (a dude)
- Susannah Kiernan (triple threat)
- Ken Hall (improv guru)
- Alexis Bernstein (networking queen & creative expert)
- The bird clock
- Porter Airlines
Books & Movies
- Save the Cat (Blake Snyder)
- Whiplash (2014)
- Inside Out (2015)
- The Moment (Brian Koppelman)
- WTF (Marc Maron)
- The Crimson Wave (Jess Beaulieu & Natalie Norman)
Our newest episode of The Constant Struggle podcast is up, and for the first time, we’ve decided to feature a guest on the show. We invited Susannah Kiernan, member of the hilarious duo “L’il Rasgals” to come on by and talk to us a bit about the various challenges she’s had to face in the noble pursuit of her art.
You can also find the episode on iTunes by searching “The Constant Struggle”
Give it a listen. It’s a great episode & Susannah is a wonderful guest. While you’re at it, follow her on Twitter at @SusannahKiernan and follow us at @StrugglePod.
Sometimes I watch stuff that sparks my imagination and creativity and makes me want to go on a writing/creative binge.
So I go to my computer to get going.
I get sidetracked on Facebook and immediately feel all that joy and inspiration disappear.
Three hours later I come out of it, and realize all the time I’ve wasted in my life.
And then I go to sleep feeling miserable and unaccomplished.
Thank you Mark Zuckerberg – or my addictive personality.
Two days sick in bed and I’m going CRAZY up in here. (In here, referring to my brain.) Somebody get me a job related to comedy, or media, or SOMETHING that has SOME element of creativity to it! I can’t keep driving to Richmond Hill every day to do shipping & receiving and human resources. It’s driving me berserk!
HELP. ME. PLEASE!
I’m losing it.
It’s hard to stay creative when you spend your days searching for and applying to jobs.
It’s hard to justify your creativity when you don’t know how you’re going to pay your rent this month.