The Zen of Improv: Improviser’s Mind Beginner’s Mind

Original Link: http://pamvictor.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/the-zen-of-improv-improvisers-mind.html

As I understand it, “beginner’s mind” is about staying open to new ideas, taking risks, living in a state of not-knowing, being curious, eager, and ready. With a beginner’s mind, everything is new and interesting and accepted. […] A lot of times, the more practice we have, the farther away we get from the honest curiosity and openness of our beginner’s mind. I remember a conversation I had with TJ once about how to figure out what was a truly honest response in a scene, and I mentioned using my “improviser instincts.” He castigated me, saying that if I’ve had so many improv classes that I had forgotten my natural, honest human instincts and react only according to my improviser training, then I’ve taken too many improv classes.