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by Darren Held

It just occurred to us that many of you might have the wrong idea about improv and improv classes. And we feel we’d be shirking our responsibilities if we didn’t set you straight. You’re welcome.

See, in LA improv is for capital-A Actors. Some of us have taken classes in lala land, and we’ve had a good time. But at Groundlings, et al, you’re surrounded by young, beautiful people who always have an 8×10 glossy headshot in one hand and their iPhone on speed-dial to their agent in the other. These people can’t go ten seconds without working the words “audition” or “agent” into the conversation. Don’t get us wrong. They’re mostly quite sweet, and we even have some auditions of the actor ilk, so we’re not disparaging in the agent.

Anyway, as Los Angelenos will point out until the cows come home, Long Beach is NOT Los Angeles. To which we always pleasantly reply, “Thank god.” The nice thing about Long Beach is it’s so real. The people are friendly, down-to-earth and interested in the world around them. Yeah. Not Los Angeles.

And that’s what different about Held2gether improv classes. We cater to real people, offering improv skills to help you if you’re a teacher, artist, parent, engineer, doctor, lawyer, Indian chief (sorry, so un-PC), student or even an actor. The vast majority of Held2gether students are folks just like you! Come meet some of ’em and do something fun. Register at the website – the next round of classes starts mid-March, and they’re already filling up. Space is limited.

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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