What is improv and why should I do it?

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Hello Friend,

People have been asking me some amazing questions lately, and I thought it would be fun to share my answers with you. So I’m changing the format of Mirror Mirror to be a weekly Q&A column, because as much I love to entertain, I also love to educate and inspire. So here goes…

The Q: “What is improv and why should I do it?” / KM from San Diego, CA

The A: Improv, a shortened term for improvisation, is commonly defined as a live performance that is all or mostly unscripted and unplanned, spontaneously created by the performers, usually based on one suggestion from the audience.

My definition of Improv is that it’s a purely magical experience that not only helps you gain more confidence, improve your interpersonal skills, and express your authentic self, it also helps you feel good about failing.

(Insert record screech sound.) “Wait whaaaaaaaat?”

Yeah, failing is the best, yo. All the best things in life come from when we set ourselves up to fail. One of my favorite mantras lately has been “Fail Fast, Fail Often” inspired by the book with the same title. I encourage myself daily (every morning in fact) to fail as much as possible, because the more I fail, the more opportunities I get to succeed. I know it sounds counter intuitive, but try it and you’ll see what I mean.

When I originally signed up for Improv classes at The Second City in Chicago, it wasn’t because I wanted to be an actor, comedian, or performer… it was purely for personal growth. I knew it would push me outside of my comfort zone, and force me to open up parts of me that I preferred to hide. And it did, holy crap, it really did. I’m a completely different person physically, mentally, and emotionally because of it.

I take more risks now. I say “yes and” to all the cool (and sometimes scary) opportunities presented to me. I trust myself so much more now to make better and bolder decisions. Best of all, I’ve learned the more I fail, the more confident I become.

This is something I really want to drive home with you. Don’t wait for the confidence to show up to do the thing your heart desires. Do the thing, embrace failing, and the confidence will magically appear, because everything seems to work back asswards in this crazy Universe we’re playing in. Now get out there and fail dammit! :)

Be the voice you want to hear in the world…
@LenaAnani

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I’m a comedy writer, self-help author, and podcast host. As a Second City trained comedian I love to write jokes, perform improv, and produce shows. With my books on Amazon, I empower readers everywhere to access their inner magic. You can also find me interviewing fellow authors from all over the world with my She Wrote A Book podcast. And I’ve been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX. My obsessions include karaoke, my furbaby, and everything Disney.

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Lena Anani is a comedy writer, self-help author, and podcast nerd. As a Second City trained comedian she loves to write jokes, perform improv, and produce shows. With her books on Amazon, she empowers readers everywhere to access their inner magic. You can also find her interviewing fellow authors from all over the world with her She Wrote A Book podcast. And she’s been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX. Her obsessions include karaoke, her furbaby, and everything Disney.