Throughout my improv journey I’ve gotten a persistent note (from multiple teachers/coaches) to just be Simon (not a character) and to react organically/genuinely to my scene partner.
At the jam last week I was performing with someone who is very good at emoting. I noticed I was habitually suppressing myself to be affected and present with them. I was fucking scared. Because whatever I was feeling was strong and real and that’s fucking scary.
Knowing this, I’m excited to push past this obstacle, dive deeper and see what else I can learn.
As an improviser, you may run into this situation in your journey-prov, and I hope this post will help you in whatever way.