“When wrong, go strong!” — Tom Goldhand, 13th February 2016, Utrecht (NL)
Sometimes you want to try something on stage, like mirroring a person, joining a group game or hit a high note while singing. And then sometimes that fails. You go ‘wrong’, so to speak.
Don’t try to fix it. Don’t show the audience you think you are ‘wrong’. Don’t apologise or try to catch up.
Yet, go strong. Stay convinced. Keep on committing.
Keep. On. Going.
You have just defined something new and it happened by accident. Great! What more can an improviser on stage wish for? 🙂
“Failures and mistakes are great fun, but they should not be your only option.” — Tim Orr, 18th May 2013, Antwerp (BE)
Improv embraces failure and mistakes like nothing else does. At improv workshops we regularly encourage each other to take risks, enjoy fear and fail good-naturedly.
However, it is very important that you commit and try hard in order to reach an honest failure. Even more so, succeeding should be within the range of possibilities.
So, aim high and far, but don’t set ridiculous goals either. Nobody enjoys watching you fail to jump three metres high, but watching a person who can’t really sing commit to a love song can be awesome.