How To Be A Hazard. To, uh, Yourself.

I recently started living by myself. People say that when you start living by yourself, you discover new things about yourself, like a whole wave of realizations, deep intellectual reflections etc.

Nope. Apparently THAT isn’t going to be my thing.

I seem to have a talent in finding new ways to be a hazard. To literally the only person in the house – Me.

As always, I decided to jot down my list of ‘How To Be A Hazard. To Yourself.’

Disclaimer: Imitating instances mentioned in this post may induce some serious injuries. Do not try at home. Subject has already done that for you. 

  1. Leave Sharp Objects Lying Around

    People who know me, know that I’m hopelessly absent-minded. Below are pictures of an incident that actually occurred. Uh, yes, I have managed to become a lot more responsible after that. Uh no, it hasn’t repeated. *looking up at the sky*

    Please don’t tell my mom. Thanks.

    Doing some cool stuff ‘cuz joblessness
    A rare picture of subject doing work
    peek-a-boo!

    Subject MAY have sat on it. That’s confidential information.
  2. Play ‘Live-Life-Dangerously’ Kind-of Games

    Okay I really love this one game I invented.
    *looks at mom’s death stare*
    Okay, um, this game is not cool. I repeat. Not cool at all.
    *sheepish grin*
    So what you have to do is try to cut vegetables with your weaker hand. You keep trying to decrease your cutting time as the days go by.
    Not that I have tried doing this multiple times, of course.
    Following are pictures of a random subject attempting to play the game.
    (mom, I swear, that isn’t me!)

    Subject is excited to cut with her left hand!
    I doubt subject focused this much in her engineering.
    Subject may be rethinking life decisions.

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    Prit <3

 

Females in Improv and their Exploitation

Exploitation of Females in Improv

Females in improv should only be limited by their ability to successfully communicate their creativity with their scene partner and audience in an understandable, competent manner. Except when someone chooses to sabotage that communication because of their gender.

When improvising, anyone can be anyone. Boys can play girls, girls can play boys. Hindus can play Christians, construction workers can play lawyers. As long as you communicate your character clearly, you are not Females in Improvheld back by being a woman in improv.  That is, until someone decides to leverage your gender just to get a laugh.

I cannot count how many times I’ve gotten on stage making an extensive effort to be a male character, only to have my scene partner say something like “Oh honey, you know I don’t like when you act like that. Now get back in the kitchen.” It’s like feminism never made it to improv.

Even worse is when I’m established as a male character, get halfway through the scene, and then have someone walk into it and make a comment about me ‘actually’ being a girl. They get their ‘laugh’ and then they walk right back off. That’s just poor improvising, whether you’re female or male. Not only does it throw off the improvisers, but it completely ignores the reality of the scene and breaks down the relationship between the characters until the only thing left to do is sweep. It’s selfish, unintelligent, and hurtful. I work too hard as a female improviser to be reduced to a slap-stick joke because of my gender. In all improv, successfully communicating with your scene partner is important, and this is no exception. Offenders need to be told how it feels, as a woman in improv, to be treated that way. Hopefully, if that person values you as a person, friend, or colleague, they’ll also value you as a female improviser.