Be Brave!

By Heather Schwartz

Does the thought of taking an improv class both intrigue you and scare you to death? If so, you’re not alone, especially if you don’t think of yourself as a performer. Let’s face it: In an improv class, you’ll be doing stuff—i.e. performing—in front of at least a few other people. It’s not the kind of thing everyone is naturally inclined to jump into.

Surprisingly, though, respected, talented, well-loved professional performers often experience those same feelings that might hold anyone back. Judy Dench lives in fear as a performer, according to The Stage. And E! Online reports Adele has a nervous habit of tossing her cookies before shows.

Why do tormented souls continue performing when it creates so much stress? That’s a question to be explored further in another post. The simple answer is this: Performing creates positive feelings, too. There’s a payoff. And it’s so amazing it’s worth working through some anxiety to get it.