Wrestlers trust each other, full stop. It just doesn’t work if you don’t. You have to trust that the other person is going to take a hit when you give it, to make your moves look awesome, to listen when you’re calling the match (i.e. making it up as you go and telling each other what moves you’re about to do) and to not physically hurt you for real. If you don’t trust the other person in ring, you’ll be secretly trying to protect yourself, trying to control the match, and you won’t be fully present, which means you could actually hurt yourself or them or a bystander.
If you don’t trust your fellow players on the improv stage, you will be too busy protecting yourself from looking silly to do a good scene, and you’ll hurt the work. Or your scene partner. Trust that you will both make the other look good, that you will listen to each other, and that you will give each other a great time.
This is a really great comparison.
1. If your character is in the same emotional state at the end of the scene as it was at the beginning of the scene, then you’re doing it wrong.
2. 100% of scenes will be made better by just saying what you are honestly thinking.
3. Back story does NOT equal justification. Back story is just stuff that happened in the past (like the criminally overused “Ever since mom left…”) Justification is the cause to the game’s effect. It’s the philosophy that drives the unusual thing.
4. Way too often, people forget to act.
5. Don’t wear scarves onstage. I mean, come on.
Seriously, don’t wear scarves onstage.