I’d say safely that this entire life has been one giant improvisation. However, I could also narrow it down to the past 4 months.
How long have you been involved with the UIG?
WELLL id say only 4 months. I use to watch UIG perform quite often because I had friends who were part of their illustrious ranks.
What or who got you interested in improv?
I was first introduced to live improv wayyyy back in 2009, when I first went to watch Rapid Fire Theatre. I continued to avidly watch improv and stand up comedy ever since, but never actually tried to perform. Looking forward to 2016, I felt interested in finally giving improv a try, because some of the UIG alumni, specifically Kelly Turner, recommended that UIG was the best place to start.
What is something most people don’t know about UIG?
That UIG is one glorious leader wearing white garments away from becoming a legitimate cult.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
There’s many things that would incriminate me, BUT If I had to pick one, it would be that my parents put me in tap and jazz dancing for a year when I was 10. It wasn’t my cup of tea. I sashayed my way out of there pretty quickly.
What is the best part about being a member of UIG?
Getting the validation from laughs that I wanted so badly as a child.
Are there scenes or lines that have stuck with you?
Improv is like the Percocet of performance arts. I often don’t remember what I am doing and I am too high to feel my face.
What do you consider your greatest achievement, either on or off the stage?
I'd say that my failures have carried more impact to my life then one specific success. I never held on to my successes; I think it’s only through adversity that people can achieve greatness. Failure gives you a reason to try again. It’s not easy, but extremely rewarding to overcome... I was never the best at anything and I think that has made me more determined as a person. Except for practicing karate… My kata is amazing. I could own imaginary people with my fake martial arts moves any day.
What advice would you give someone interested in trying improv?
It took me 1 university degree, and a whole lot of “thinking” about it before I ever challenged myself to perform improv. If you think to yourself for a single second that you want to try it, even without any prior experience, go do it. You don’t realize how important getting out of your comfort zone is until you do it.
What is your field study/work/interest outside of improv?
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Alberta. I recently went back to school and am now a student at MacEwan University where I am taking Professional Communication. Outside of improv I sometimes train martial arts, such as Jujitsu, and Kickboxing. I did Karate for over a decade and that trend has continued by learning other martial arts. It’s fun. Except for the part knowing that technically you died when you are being choked and tap. Those are extremely humbling experiences.