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by Darren Held

Saying yes to life

Smartphone Therapy

by Sonnjea Blackwell
This weekend, we are shooting our first-ever Held2gether – The Series sketch comedy videos! (Which reminds me, you should check out my homie Nate Alexander’s just-released indie film Smartphone Therapy!)

Anyhoo, it’ll be a little while before everything is edited and all that business and we’re ready to release the first episode, but I’ll be sure to let you know when that happens.

In the meantime, I just wanted to say that if you think it seems a bit outrageous to think you can just up and create your own web series, well then, welcome to my world. A few years ago, I’d never done anything even remotely like this. Nothing. Nada.

But when you start taking improv classes, and you learn to start saying yes to things, you suddenly begin to realize that there are a lot of things in life to say yes to – and you also realize you’re less afraid to say yes to those things. I don’t know if more opportunities arise because you start accepting what life has to offer or if they were always there and you just become more aware of them, but either way, you find yourself doing a lot of way more interesting stuff than you ever did before.

And then one day you notice your comfort zone is huge. When your homie needs help making a movie, you don’t say “no” because you don’t know crap about making a movie. You show up, figure out what needs to be done and do it. When your other homie is gonna be out of town when they want to film H2G for an episode of Tabatha Takes Over and he asks you to do it, you don’t say “no” because you’ve never been on TV before. You do some research, practice some improv exercises and do it. When a bunch of your homies figure it’s time to create your own web series, you don’t say “no” because who the fuck are you to produce a show? You write some sketches, figure out SAG’s crazy rules and paperwork and do it.

Maybe you’re not interested in any of that kind of stuff, but the point is, improv gives you the courage to start saying yes to whatever those things are in life that would make YOU happier and more complete. And somehow, knowing that you’re going to say yes, the universe decides to make those opportunities available to you.

Told you improv is magic.

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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