I have found that most advice is worthy of thorough examination. Often, advice pertaining to one discipline — with just a bit of translation — has meaning in other disciplines. This translation process allows for more perspective and greater insight.
As a case in point: the more I study improv, the more parallels I see to other areas of my life. What follows is some improv advice in translation.
Improv advice: In an art form as social as improv, being easy to work with is nearly as important as being talented or funny.
Personal advice: Never underestimate the importance of likeability.
Improv advice: Play a character whose worldview you completely disagree with. Playing an earnest opposite will push you and make for good theater.
Life advice: Learn to replace judgment with curiosity.... [ MORE ]