When I’m not drawing things or writing things, sometimes I’m pretending to be other people. From the moment I stepped into my first acting class I knew the lessons and techniques I learned would be beneficial to my everyday life. Actors are among the most driven people I’ve ever been around — but if there’s a profession where success and failure (and overcoming that failure) is in your face constantly, it’s in the world of acting.
I’ve been studying and performing improv for almost two years. Not only did I fall in love with the craft, but it has changed my life. I think everyone, everyone, should take an improv class. It has taught me a lot about myself, and it’s principles — from listening and agreeing to commitment and playing — have proven applicable at work, at home, hanging out with friends, networking, etc. Below are lessons and takeaways from the world of improv that apply to life in general.