Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Childs Play vs Improv

On Sunday I was lucky enough to travel around the world with a famous detective. We were searching for hidden treasure. My detective was almost 10 years old and we travelled to Egypt, Paris, London, Venus, Greece, and more during the 3 hours we played together. . We had a huge green grass yard shaded by huge oak trees in central Califorina to shade us. We fought of several types of assailants including a lign in the accropolis.

To me playing with him was not very different from doing improv with my improv group. The rest of the adults were talking about boring things, so my 9 year old detective was much more interesting. The main difference between playing with a kid and my improv team is that the kid would block me.

In improv if I say, "WOah, look at all the diamonds in this cave." My detective partner should say, "Yes, and lets collect them for our laser cutting machine." But my 9 year old detective instead would say, "No theres no diamonds in this cave, only a rusted sword." So I would say, "Yes lets take the sword to use for our quest" and he'd agree'

In life we tend to want to say "No" automatically. Its just a default from when we are kids. We just think we know whats there. So when someone tries to give us something else we weren't expecting, we reject it. I am trying to be more open and see what diamonds are hidden in plain sight. You can try it too

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