In Improv, the primary rule is to always move the story forward. But it’s not always perfect. That’s why you need to learn to use mistakes.

Improv actors are trained to work with what they have. Every time a new element is introduced, the current scenario becomes the new reality.

When an inexperienced actor makes a mistake, the rest of the troupe must carry on and move the scene forward, even if it takes them in a direction they hadn’t anticipated.

Many air personalities struggle with this. They are excited about what they planned to say. Then the scene changes and the moment passes. Yet they are so focused on what they had hoped to say, they usually force it onto the air. That kills momentum. It’s both a detour and dead end.

Breaks should never go backward, only move forward. Once the moment passes, it’s gone.

 

So How Can You Use Mistakes?