Last week at CIF, Mark mentioned he was heading to KC and Ed Goodman said he should have BBQ at Oklahoma Joe's. I had a delicate girly portion of the "Lean and Mean"—pulled turkey with cole slaw on top, 'cause that's how we do things down south. Above is Mark's sampler.
Obviously, he chose wisely.
So today was day one of our presentation class. It's interesting doing something like this with a group used to presenting—other classes I've taken were full of people with little or no experience.
In a lot of ways, it's harder. I like presenting—and I'm typically very comfortable with it. In the environment at Hallmark, it's a bad thing to seem...present-y. Because you're typically working in a small room—maybe not even standing up—you have to be persuasive and enthusiastic and smooth, without being slick or aggressive. So you have to be a good presenter without seeming like you're working too hard at it.
But it does take work. Mark had us playing with tone, inflection, style, physicality...sometimes naturally, sometimes in an exaggerated ways. I'm completely comfortable doing that in front of strangers, but in front of my team, I felt surprisingly vulnerable.
It's hard to put into words. I had to really push myself to put 100% into some of the exercises, because laughing and holding back felt safer. I don't know if it was fear of looking stupid because of what I was doing or because I was doing it. It was a really alien feeling, because in my improv life, it's holding back that makes you look dumb.
Anyway, it was a great day. Five more hours of the same tomorrow. Then a Tantrum show I couldn't be looking more forward to at 8pm.