How do I sign up?
If there’s a class listed, just email me (email@example.com) and say you want in. That’s it. You can pay by cash, cheque, credit, e-transfer, or PayPal on the first day or in advance. (Paying in advance is a good way to motivate yourself to come to that first class).
If there’s no class currently listed, just email me to get on a waiting list, and I’ll let you know as soon as dates and spaces are confirmed.
I’m anxious, how do I make it past the fear and actually get to that first class?
Yep, it’s the scariest part. And I know that telling you it’ll be okay is no match for when emotion takes hold, but here are three things to keep in mind going into that first class:
1) It’s okay to feel anxious. I mean, it’s an anxiety class, you’re totally allowed to feel that way. If anything, it’s expected. Don’t spend your energy fighting it, or you’ll be exhausted before the class even begins. Just accept that you’re allowed to be anxious and feel that way. Besides, everyone else will feel anxious so you’ll fit right in.
2) It’s okay to suck. It’s a class. Meaning you’re learning something new. So you’re not expected to already be good at it. You’re kind of expected to suck. So if you’re worried about sucking, don’t. You’re allowed to. Besides, everyone else will suck so you’ll fit right in.
3) It’s okay if you can’t make it to class. You’re probably feeling a lot of pressure to show up, like you have to. I remember being terrified of my first improv class, but for me I’d reached a point where not going (and staying how I was) was scarier than going. But know that there will be other classes. If you do, you do. If you don’t, you don’t. Whatever happens, trust that it’s meant to be.
What if I’m not funny and nobody likes me and I freak out and faint or something?
Deep breath. Remember, almost all of the things we worry about never actually happen. Also:
1) You’re not expected to be funny. It’s not performance-style improv where you try to make an audience laugh on the spot. It’s taking improv training exercises to help adults learn to have fun and laugh and play again.
2) What’s not to like? You clearly have the strength to come to an anxiety class, so I’m already blown away by your courage. And you’ll quickly find that we all have a lot in common and a lot to bond over. Many people from previous classes have stayed friends long after the term ended.
3) If you faint or puke or freak out, then that’s what you do. Chances are most of the panicking will come before the class (the build-up of anticipation). BUT, if you feel a panic attack coming on during an exercise, just stop and watch the class instead. I haven’t had anyone faint in class, but if you do, I’m ready for it. And if you puke, you puke. I used to puke all the time from nervousness, so I’m used to it. What you’re actually fearing is the embarrassment of puking (or fainting or unfunnying), not the puking itself.
What if I embarrass myself?
Good question. Really the main question people want to know the answer to. Embarrassment comes from looking foolish and imperfect. In improv, there are no mistakes, so it’s hard to get things wrong. I guess technically if you tried to get improv wrong and you couldn’t, then that would be considered a fail. Then you’d feel embarrassed that you got it right? Anyway, point is, it’s hard to feel unperfect (in improv that would be a word). And if there are moments when you do feel silly, if you look around, you’ll see the rest of the class looking just as silly, so even if you feel embarrassed, you won’t be embarrassed alone. We’re all in this together.
How many people are in the class?
Around 15 on average. Not too many where you’d feel lost in the crowd, but also not too few where you feel like you could individually stand out. And most of the exercises are all of us together. Also remember, everyone else is here for the same reason, so there’s a quick bonding and support feel to the class.
What if I show up and have tons of fun and nothing goes wrong?
Just wanted to introduce the idea of “what if’ing” a best-case scenario. This is the most common thing that happens in the class, but many of us expect the worst going into something new. Getting there the first time can feel scary, but being there is super fun!