Success means taking real steps in the direction of your dream. Talk about them here. You deserve to be commended, hailed, supported, admired, copied and shamelessly promoted.
I took a summer break from the improv group. I was getting burnt out and it wasn't fun anymore. For the past several weeks, I've been really thinking about what I want and don't want. What made me feel alive and what drained me. I've decided to put the improv group on hold and focus on other areas. I also reviewed my activities the past year. I realize that those times I really felt excited was when I was teaching children. The show I did for the grammar school was such fun. The kids energy and non-judgmental creativity made me feel so good. I want to focus on doing more of that and not having an adult improv group. I'm going to contact schools and offer an improv workshop with their theater students. Even if it is free or a small honorarium. Moonracer wrote me a great cover letter to go with my brochure for corporate training. Thank you again Moon. With all that is going on in your life, I'm blessed that you were able to help me.
I just sat down this morning and read this thread start to finish! It is inspiring. . . You are inspiring! Thanks for this and thank YOU for all the good advice you've shared with me. I'm wondering. . . how is all your thinking about working with kids working out for you. I know it's not been long since you've written about that. PTA's and such do pay people to come in and put on performances and workshops! WTG, Tituba! --jewelB
To be honest with you, this teaching dream of mine is working out in baby steps. I've been so overwhelmed with computer repairs (good thing, so I can pay my rent and stay out of cubicle-land), that I haven't made as much progress as I could/should/would. I have this pile of leads and calls I should be making to move in this direction. I try to do at least one of them a week. Thanks all for your kind words.I'm wondering. . . how is all your thinking about working with kids working out for you.
Tituba, Congrats on all your hard work and for following (and and periodically re-evaluating your dream to make sure you're going in the direction of your passion). Can you tell us a little more about your improv/corporate training workshop. What do you teach? What's the theme or goal? Sounds so interesting...
Thanks for the interest. Improv teaches \"yes, and\" versus \"yes, but\" thinking. You develop presentation, cooperation, team building and listening skills. Using improvisation games, I engage non-performers into exploring new ways of thinking and reacting to others. I've only made baby steps in the arena of corporate training. Have a full plate right now and haven't made as much progress as I hoped. Maybe resistance, maybe self-sabotage.Can you tell us a little more about your improv/corporate training workshop. What do you teach? What's the theme or goal? Sounds so interesting...
Haven't posted to this thread in awhile because to be honest, I've been so busy fixing computers that I've done little in the direction of this dream. However, a few weeks ago the Storytellers group asked me to teach an improv workshop. A dozen people showed up plus some children (my favoritie students). Here is what the organizer had to say after the workshop:
So, who knows? I do know it was great fun teaching improv again.The IMPROV Workshop held Saturday, February 3 in Beverly, MA was a great success. This workshop was lead by Kate. Kate lead us through Improv Games that pushed what I thought I could do. Kate was there to guide us down the mountain of unease to the valley of the real. Smiling all the way. She is a top notch Improv leader. We hope she will be able to present this workshop at Sharing the Fire 2008. Kate has put together an Improv group called Scared Scriptless. When you see that name run to get your seat.You'll laugh till it hurts. Grab your side, yell out some topics and enjoy some great on the spot mini stories of sorts. Seven of us went to lunch afterward. What a grand day. First a two hour workshop then a two hour lunch. Life is good. Having folks attend from outside our LANES community attend this workshop gave us the opportunity to tell about our fine New England Storytelling community, and invite folks to Sharing the Fire. LANES members across New England could host workshops that would benefit our members and our greater communities. You get to learn, hang out with your friends and meet new ones. It is a win/win situation for every one. Personally, I plan to host here in Beverly quarterly workshops for Storytellers and our Greater North Shore Community. I encourage you to do the same in your town.
I guess that answers my question about the improv classes! Tituba, that is AWESOME feedback!! You should get permission to use that review as part of your testimonials on a web site (which I hope that you either have or are in the process of creating). I hope you are collecting and saving all of the glowing feedback that you are receiving as you teach these classes. I'm sure you know from your PC business how incredibly valuable testimonials are to your marketing effort. I see terrific things happening for you and your improv career in 2007!
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