Whether you viewed an amazing improv video on YouTube or always had the urge to try improv, figuring out how to get started is daunting. After all, unless you have a personal connection with someone who participates in this form of comedy, you aren’t likely to get approach with an opportunity at random.
But, never fear; there are tons of ways to get started with improv. Here are a few worth exploring.
Find an Improv Class
One of the easiest ways to begin your journey into improv is to take an improv class. There, you will meet other people who are just starting out or who are improving their skills, just like you.
Plus, you will get instruction from someone familiar with the improv world. They will be able to give you tips, lead practice sessions, coordinate public showcases, and otherwise help you hone your stage skills.
Many big cities have improv classes at a variety of venues. You may find options at local theaters, through your nearest college or university, or just in your neighborhood coffee shop. Comedy clubs sometimes host classes during their off-hours too, as well as open performance nights where you can put your skills to work in front of a crowd.
Connect with an Improv Group
Thanks to the internet, finding information about improv groups in your local area is easier than ever. Hope on social media to find troupes in our city, look for open auditions on Craigslist, or attend improv performances and speak with the members after the show.
Sure, you may need to put yourself out there a bit, but that is what improv is all about in the first place. Besides, most improv performers are incredibly friendly. And, remember, they were once in your shoes, so they will probably be more than happy to point you in the right direction even if they do not have an opening themselves.
Form Your Own Practice Group
In some cases, you may have trouble finding an improv group in your local area. Now, that does not mean it is time to give up. Instead, you need to take the initiative and consider starting your own practice group.
Again, heading online is a good way to start. Create social media posts or online ads discussing your interest in getting an improv group started and see if anyone reaches out. Post flyers at local comedy venues, colleges and universities, coffee shops, and even bars with open mic nights to see if you get any bites.
The idea is to start connecting with like-minded people who share your enthusiasm for improv. Performing publicly does not even have to be a goal at this stage, though it certainly can if you are feeling bold. But, by focusing on gaining experience first, you may enjoy an easier start. It will let you hone your skills with a group of people who can help you learn and grow, ensuring when that first performance day finally rolls around, you will be ready.
Ultimately, all of the options above can help you get started with improv. Consider exploring them all and see what is available in your area. If you do not find what you are looking for, then take the reins and get something going yourself. After all, you can’t move forward if you aren’t willing to take a leap when the situation demands it.