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by Darren Held

My big computer is broken, which means I’ve been doing all my work on the laptop – including writing this blog, which is one of the easier things to accomplish on the laptop. Other things, like design-y things, are difficult because a) I like to look at stuff on the big monitor, and b) much of what I need in order to do my work is not loaded on the laptop and even though the data is networked, the applications are not…

Holy crap, is she still yammering about her computer issues? Hello? Improv, please.

I have a point. You see, I’m not overly adaptable. There is absolutely no reason I can’t load my Adobe products on the laptop and access my files. There is also no reason I can’t run the diagnostics on the desktop and/or take it to the Apple Store for fixin’. Except those things are all take a lot of time and they’re outside my comfort zone and they’re confusing to me… and I’m not a big fan of feeling stupid. (I know, I know… you’d think I was in LOVE with feeling stupid, as much as I do stupid stuff.)

In improv, you have to be adaptable. You have to let go of your agenda. You have to agree with the information your scene partner says, even if it’s not what you wanted.

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Darren Held
About Darren Held
Darren is the CEO and Creative Director of Held2gether, Improv for LIfe. He has been teaching and performing improv for 15 years, and has performed with H2g, the Groundlings, UCB and Second City. He loves Moto, red wine, and Madonna.

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