In improv comedy, then general rule is to be flexible and let the improvisation take you wherever it will. To put it another way, in improv you have a “flexible goal,” and a “flexible path.” (I am working on a whole matrix thing about fixed/flexible and goals/paths…) Off-stage that approach can be nice, but you often

Fixed Goal, Flexible Path (Using the Improv Game “Pardon”)

Start strong, make your life easier… Last week I did my first “Open Mat” Improv Practice session, where people of all levels can join me for an agenda-less improv workshop. I have a few things to work on myself and I open the floor and have people tell me what they want to work on.In

To Finish Well, Start Strong

Flakes. Corn flakes, but still…flakes. Are you a flake? Sometimes I feel like I am, and I think, in the right way, that can be a very useful and powerful thing.I recently posted about my new “Show Your Work” strategy (If you missed it, you can read the post by clicking here).I almost didn’t write

In Defense of Proper Flakery

I am sitting here thinking about the workout I have scheduled for today and frankly, I am a little tired and I don’t want to do it. And so I repeat the phrase that has become a bit of a mantra for me over the last two months:Here is a lion. She doesn’t “hit the

Half-Ass is Better than No-Ass

Networking. Ugh. One thing I have been working on a lot lately when it comes to improv is the idea of specificity. When making an “offer” in improv, if the improviser creates one with specific details, it accomplishes a few things:It makes the scene more vivid and interestingIt creates material that makes it easier for

I Hate Networking! This Made it a Little Easier…

I recently (re)read “Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon and it really got me thinking. If you are unfamiliar, it’s a cool short book whose basic premise is that to build a following as an artist, you should Do lots of “Work,” and Share what you are working on as you are working on it.  That is,

“Showing My Work” and Dumping “Content Marketing” (Sort of…)