You Gotta Start Somewhere

You Gotta Start Somewhere

How did you start?  I turned to the voice. It was right in front of a theater where I had just finished performing. A young woman with glasses and curly hair was smiling at me. Behind her, a guy wrapped his arms around her, also smiling, but a bit shyly. She continued...
How To Overcome Stage Fright

How To Overcome Stage Fright

Do you feel nervous before going onto the stage? Do you have any rituals to calm your nerves down? There are many suggestions for overcoming stage fright. To me, preparation is the best medicine. 
Familiarize yourself with your material. Practice as much as you can...
Break The Fourth Wall

Break The Fourth Wall

What is the fourth wall? The fourth wall is a performance convention in which an invisible, imagined wall separates actors from the audience. While the audience can see through this wall, the convention assumes the actors act as if they cannot. From the 16th century...
Train Creativity in the Right Way

Train Creativity in the Right Way

How do you train your creativity? Do you have any rituals to be creative? Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a new method for training people to be creative. According to the research, it works far more effectively than current methods. Do you want to...
How Can I Shorten a Story?

How Can I Shorten a Story?

The other day, I was booked for a storytelling show, which was great. The not-so-great part was I had to cut my story by one third. To be more specific, 550 words. I spent considerable time in denial, dreaming that the problem would go away magically. For a few days,...
Craft a High Concept Comedy

Craft a High Concept Comedy

I’ve been wanting to write about high concept comedies for a while. What is high concept? Typically, it’s a What if…? scenario. There are different styles, but one of the common patterns is that you make the protagonist of your story a fish out of water, bring a high...