Q:I was at a jam recently and it was the first time I did a great scene! three great scenes!! and i think it was due to my scene partner-he was really fun to work with. well after it was over, this might seem cocky but here goes-i got this feeling that i was the best one there-or the one who has no boundaries and there was this great energy with everyone there too-"lets change the world" type of energy- my q is-is it ok to feel that good about your work? thx
First off, congratulations on your success. The sweet is even sweeter if you’ve had a run of sour. That’s the beautifully painful part about improv: it keeps pulling us back in just so we can feel those amazing moments on stage.
Secondly, I think it’s fine to feel good about your work. It builds confidence and propels you to discovering more, doing more and interacting more with the improv community.
But be warned: you have more work to do. Every improviser can improve. Feel good about what you accomplished, but like a professional athlete, no matter the outcome (good or bad), you have to forget about it and work towards the next performance.
This all leads me to a broader point. Be a productive member of the theatre. What I mean is:
• Praise good work.
• Assume everything you say about a team/player/show will be the headline printed in tomorrow’s newspaper.
• When someone says “Good show,” for the love of God, just say “Thank you.”
• Meet people and make connections. You can’t get on a team if they don’t know who you are.
• Be visible. See a lot of shows and sign up for anything/everything.
• Above all - stay humble.
Again, feel good about your work, but don’t let it poison you into thinking you can’t go up from there. Everyone who is a master at something was once a beginner. Best of luck in your future shows!