The weird thing is, I'm a senior player now. On the one hand, this makes sense. I've been with the troupe since 2005, and have been playing shows for nearly six years now. I've been to a lot of workshops with a lot of talented teachers; I've had a fair bit of time to identify what works and what doesn't, what's going to build a scene and what's going to tank one, and things like that.
On the other hand: I'm a sysadmin. I wandered into the auditions in 2005 on a whim, and was shocked when I got into the troupe. I've spent the time since then trying to figure out what on Earth I was doing, desperately trying to analyze the performances of the other improvisors to make sense of why some scenes were great, and some were terrible. Honestly, I think I've still only got a shaky grasp of that.
So it's pretty odd to me that there are now people looking up to me, trying to learn improv from what I'm doing. I feel like I should warn them that I haven't really got it together yet. However, people do regularly pay money to come see me onstage -- even people I don't know! And the folks in charge of the troupe keep scheduling me, and even letting me lead teams, so I suppose I'm doing all right at this hobby.
Still, I feel like I've suddenly been called on to teach a class on economics. I'm interested in the subject, and I dabble in it; I'll even discuss theories at parties. But basically, I'm just making it up as I go along. I'm not prepared to have people writing down what I say. It doesn't seem like the sort of thing that's going to go well for them when the test rolls around.
Mood of the Moment: busy
Auditory Hallucination: Batman TV Theme