I hadn’t been to an improv class for a couple of weeks. I can’t commit to another course for a while, but I don’t want to lose what I have learned so I signed up for a one-off class. I was really nervous about going, so it’s good paying up front so that I have to go as I hate wasting money.
I dislike the beginnings of classes as I’m generally not ready to get chatting. I recognised a few people which was nice as it was easier to make conversation with them. I knew the teacher so I felt able to join in a room conversation about haggling though I did feel self-conscious speaking as everyone was listening and I stopped myself from making another comment.
This teacher usually corrects our body posture and I think it’s because he sees me messing with my hands so I was trying to have a neutral posture at all times. He didn’t mention about body posture today. He talked a lot about enthusiasm and eye contact. Yes I’m bad at eye contact.
I wore my purple top as I was going to wear my short trousers and the top covers my bum. Then I decided to wear a skirt last minute and I got to class and my armpits were clearly on show. If we messed up we had to put our arms in the air and say ‘again again’, whereas I generally put my arms halfway up and did a silly voice to makeup for the lack of full arm extension.
Today I wasn’t in the mood for having to perform to an ‘audience’, where some people are on ‘stage’ and the rest are watching. I felt self-conscious so I’m glad that everyone was just involved in scenes – apart from one person at times as we were an odd number.
I could tell straight away that there were some people that I would feel more comfortable improving with than others, which is bad as improv has taught me to be more open, but when I am feeling self-conscious I guess I need to follow these judgements a bit to help me.
I definitely didn’t give 100% which is bad as after I felt like I should have, but I guess it just means that I need to go to more classes. However I did feel like I didn’t really block my mind in terms of ideas today, apart from when we were doing a word association game. The guy to my right said ‘massive’ and I went to say ‘fart’ but I instead changed it to ‘cow’. If it had been someone I had met before then I probably would have just said it…
(Pictures taken on the way home as I was trying to wait for a moment in class to take a picture of me and the feet of other people, but I felt uncomfortable and then I forgot).