Second City Conservatory Graduate
I got a script sent to me by a fellow @iocomedynetwork @lapcatcomedy team member, asking the group if they had any ideas. After being in conservatory, I'm so used to pitching & tweaking that I went right into "hammering mode" & popped off a bunch of notes I thought would support the premise, heighten/tighten the funny, & create more clarity for the audience. Mind you, I hadn't even met anyone on my team yet. So, I did feel slightly awkward about it. However, & I always preface this before I pitch anything. Actually, I probably say this too much. But I believe it's important to get across. Which is I'm not married to any of my ideas. Take them or leave them, I'm cool. I've always got tons. The response I received was that it's all good, & my notes were mostly identical to the ones from iO Chicago. I was relieved. But also, shocked. I realized that 6+ years of weekly improv & 2+ years of Second City had paid off. It was a nice sense of humbling validation. I know comedy. I'm not saying I'm the best on the planet. But at least I have the tools to deliver something of quality & substance. That's a cool feeling. Because I do have a sense of perfectionism with my work. And honestly, for some time I felt I was fumbling. I've always had timing, intuition, & passion, but I knew something was off, & felt insecure about it. All of my teachers at SC were fantastic. Including Doug Morency. He was the one who made my improv finally click! After 5+ years & 5+ comedy schools, I realized I had this improv reflex to go either very big, very strange, or both. I never knew exactly what to do with it. Doug told me lovingly, yet brutally honestly that it needed to be directed into the character's POV. Which of course, now seems blatantly obvious. I'm sure I heard it a million times before. But somehow when Doug said it, it clicked. And improv FINALLY made sense! With all of my teachers at SC, not only has improv clicked, but so has sketch. I also learned about being part of random teams, which has been fantastic to learn. The education I've received at Second City has been priceless. I'm so proud to be a graduate!!