Embracing Fear

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“Towards the end of that show, I started a scene waaaaay downstage
at the very lip of the stage–toes hanging over a very deep orchestra
pit. (That’s what I like to do if an audience might intimidate me: Walk
right up into their face … follow the fear.)”

-David Pasquesi, “Improvisation at the Speed of Life” 

The first time I read this quote I was on a plane flying to Chicago, coincidentally enough I would see TJ and Dave perform live for the first time on this trip.  I had to put the book down for a minute and process what I had just read.  This was one of the most simply profound pieces of advice I’ve ever read.  I know it might seem cliché but to just walk up and stare the fear down was eye opening to me, even after 7 years of doing this wonderful art-form.

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