Find your way out of your rut like Valerie Maas

Finest City Improv has chosen kickass performer and house manager, Valerie Maas for our Student Spotlight. Hear her thoughts on improv, how she felt before her first level 1, and why everyone should try improv at least once.

In Her Words:

I am currently a level 4 student as well as a work study program student. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired of the rut that was going on it my life. And I thought to myself “what is something that I’ve always wanted to do, that I could probably do almost immediately, and it’s not something that I have to build a skill-set for.” And it was like this little thing in the back of my mind that said “Improv.” Sitting in class in the moments directly preceding the beginning of level one, I was feeling so awkward. And just like ‘oh my god did I make the right choice? I don’t know if I could talk to these people and then I have to do like improvy things with them.’ And I only had somewhat of an idea of what improv would mean. And then as soon as my teacher came in, they immediately broke down all the walls that everyone was putting up in the class, not just me. Everyone was like “AHHHH!” The icebreaker games really helped us all a lot. The teacher she was very honest and very open she was like “I’m doing icebreaker games not only to help you guys but also like I want learn who you are and I want to work with you and get to know you as well.” SO it was just a very welcoming, warm environment. And we started playing right away, it wasn’t like there was a notes session or ‘Hey we’re going to talk at you for 30 minutes’ it was diving right in as soon as you start. It’s scarier in your mind than it is in actuality. In actuality you’re just meeting new, fun interesting people and playing games and getting back to what you did as a kid when you just like let your guards down and let your inner silly weirdo come out and play and wasn’t afraid to do that.  So just whatever is holding you back inside like thinking ‘oh my good I’m not funny’ you don’t have to be funny.” Whether you’re thinking like “I’m socially anxious. I’m nervous around people, like I don’t like to be around people I don’t know” we all feel that way, to varying degrees, but don’t worry, we all feel that way. Like honestly, just click the button and do it. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s the therapy through fun that I’ve always wished for.

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This article is part of the Community Spotlight Series highlighting our amazing students, teachers, and performers.

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