Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Life and Creativity
If you’ve ever watched Improv Theatre, you know what I mean when I say those guys are amazing. In Improv, actors perform entire scenes spontaneously based on a few words suggested by the audience. Characters, dialogue, and plot are all developed right in front of viewers and the result is a tremendously fun time for audience and actors alike.
How can actors possibly coordinate on the fly? Well, they rely on three key principles:
1. Be open to offers
2. ‘Yes’ goes further than ‘no’
3. Go with what’s working
Offers are all around- a fellow actor on stage suggests going for dinner, or someone mimes a door. The key is to be looking for the opportunities that are right in front of you.
The next step is to then say ‘Yes’ to those offers- it’ll take you much further than turning them down and never finding out the fullness of what was being offered.
Go with what’s working- sometimes you have to drop the activity that’s getting you nowhere and go with what is building the scene.
These principles work on stage. They also work in life. Of course, in life, wisdom is required as a balance to these principles, as Jim Carey’s character learned in the movie Yes Man. Not every offer in life is a good one, but being aware of all the opportunities that are right in front of you every moment and making choices to go for it will lead to a more creative, more fun life. Try it!
Today’s 4 Minute Writer
And Now for Something Completely Different
Today I’m making this section about the 5 second video clip below simply because it amuses me. Apparently it also amuses others as it has over 25 million hits on YouTube. Go ahead, play the clip:
How can you not love that? The search term in YouTube that brings this up is “Dramatic Look Chipmunk”. Ya, it’s not a chipmunk. It’s a Prairie Dog. Nevertheless, it rocks.
Here’s the clip that explains the origin of “Dramatic Look Chipmunk”. Enjoy!
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