The teams that I’m on with Goats and Heartbeat are so ridiculously positive and crazy and fun that, it’s an odd sense of coming off stage and cheering for yourself and being your own fan, which is something I don’t see very much in other teams, coming off stage and being like ‘we did a good job’. I think that’s imperative to have a good team, it’s that you have to love yourselves even if, especially a new team you have to know that you’ll almost be invincible for a little bit, to feel like you can do anything and then you have to kinda have to, pull ’em back afterwards because the one thing that gets into a new team’s mind is just.. doubt. I think doubt creeps in. If it’s too early it will kill a team. Justin D. Torres on the latest Magnet Theater Podcast.
Most of the time, we need to get out of our own way to start creating things we really want to make. It’s never a matter of banishing the fears and doubts we have, because those never go away. It’s more a matter of moving forward in spite of them.
Being good at improv means knowing how to manage doubt and anxiety. They never totally go away but they can be handled.
Will Hines answers some reader mail on how to feel “right” before performing.