I keep thinking about something I read in The Boiling Point a while back.
Your weaknesses never really go away. …when you have more reps, you’re able to lessen the effects. I believe your weak spots will always be weak, but there are degrees of weakness. With a ton of rust, your trouble spots just feel much larger. With practice, you can manage their symptoms.
In other words, everything you’re bad at now, you will always be bad at, sorry.
I think we all come into improv as big chunks of ore with little diamonds in our rough– little talents that were already there to start with. And with training, we can extract and polish all those diamonds into exquisite gems. But when we don’t already have a specific diamond there in the rough beginning, we can’t just make it appear. We can distract from the missing diamonds by showing off our polished gems, or we can throw some of our non-precious ore into a rock tumbler and show that off too, but we can’t polish a diamond that was never there.
Almost since I started improv, I’ve focused on polishing my non-precious ore, because frankly, any improviser should. I don’t want to rely on crutches and bad habits.
But it’s so frustrating– no matter how hard I polish, all the ore is still rough and worthless. Worthless, everything I have is fucking worthless.
And then I remembered that I DO have some diamonds.
So right now, I’m trying to spend some time polishing the little diamonds I’ve been neglecting, and take some time away from the ore.
Is this something I would recommend? No. It’s a crutch. A bad habit.
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And please note: Everything stated here is just my own dumb opinion.