Finding the Fun; Improving with Improv

Oh, hey! It’s been awhile . . . which is now a common thread in these recent posts. So, perhaps I’m just staying on brand.

I was working on a ’24 things I learned at 24’ post, but it didn’t really stick with me. I 10000% faced ups, downs, and challenges in my 24th year but found a lot of them to be further growing what 23 taught me. PSA: you CAN learn from your mistakes!

The core of my happiness these past ~2 years is where I spend a majority of my time. I’ve become quite committed to the world of improv and comedy.

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One of my favorite instructors Liz Roderick, encouraged ‘finding the fun’ above all.

I am so inspired by how important that is in everyday life, too. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stressors of work and dating (a lot in that second one, might I add), and I originally found myself needing a new focus.

Many people know this, and it all make sense timing-wise, but signing up for my first ImprovBoston (IB) class was the first ‘work on myself’ move after being #DUMPED. Woe is me!!!

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But honestly, comedy is a creative outlet I was always yearning to get involved with. My cousin had already started in NYC, and I’m a high school theatre kid at my core. Getting back into performing arts wasn’t a tough choice to make.

I’ve found that many people take improv classes to become more outgoing, to be more confident, and to work on public speaking to name a few. For me – I’m quite the opposite. I’m unapologetically always open to being center stage. What I was looking for (and continue to work on) is being the strongest supporter, listener, and team member I can be.

Flash forward from that first ImprovBoston sign up in August 2015, to being a graduate of all IB Core Classes (101-701) + Musical 101. I’m currently taking a Stand Up class with the wonderful Kelly MacFarland, so that’s what’s brewing now!

Additionally I’m excited to share that I was accepted into the Major Leagues of ComedySportz (CSz) Boston upon completing the Minor Leagues program.Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 3.05.34 PM

For me, improv has truly been a haven to make new friends, new memories, and straight up laugh and have fun. You don’t need to be the loudest one in the room or the most extroverted of your friends. Improv is for everyone, I truly truly believe that and hope I can encourage at least one person reading this to sign up for a class.

I’ve learned that improv is not centered around being the first to say something, or saying something funny, or being on stage the most. Improv is about contributing when the time is right and finding the special moments in every scene – funny, serious, or just extremely relatable. Improv has also built my confidence in my work style.

I have to give a shout out to the IB community that has been so welcoming from the start. The community is full of the most vibrant, zany, friendly, and inspiring people I have ever met. I have noticed everyone finding their own voice and encouraging others to do the same. I’m thankful to call Boston my home.

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I’m so excited for the next round of adventures across ImprovBoston, indie teams, ComedySportz, Stand Up, my Netflix special . . .

Life should be fun. Find something fun and do that thing.

xo
D.Kush

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Small Wins

Every month (actually, every day) is a new adventure when you’re 23 and adjusting to a new city + state. I am officially in my first holiday season outside of Florida, and I can certainly feel the difference . . . all I need to do is step outside *grabs big black coat.*

While I tend to look at the “big picture”, I have had many small wins this past month. Below are some that just make me seem so “twenty-something” . . . which I proudly am.

  • Holidays: Halloween + Thanksgiving

IMG_0103Cady Heron identified Halloween as the one time of year where a girl can dress like a total slut and nobody can say anything about it. I took it has the one time of year where you can convince your boyfriend to dress up like a 90s Nickelodeon character. However, I plan on finding excuses for us to wear these outfits multiple times.

For Thanksgiving, I was welcomed to Matt’s grandparent’s house in Long Island, since a trip to Florida was $700+. It was so lovely, and after a nice at-home Thanksgiving dinner, we enjoyed other meals at the Golden Reef Diner, where David met Carolee, and cue the music: “everybody knows their names.” Seriously. I highly recommend their waffles, omelets, gelato, B&W cookies, everything . . .

  • Food: Taking “dorm food” to a whole new level.

I am a very serious #foodie. I also recently got invited to be a featured foodie on the new My Fab 5 food-ranking app, so you know I’ve made it. Below are a few good eats I explored this month, inspired by my dorm favorites! My true friends know to never touch food that we order until I get the perfect picture.

IMG_0267Groceries: I forever miss Publix, but in Boston Trader Joe’s is definitely where it’s at. If you’re looking for gourmet dishes that only require a microwave (aren’t we all?), get their Risotto or the 4-cheese Farfalle. Feel free to reach out if you need more Trader Joe’s recommendations . . . I have plenty to share.

#creationaday: Just look at that hashtag on Instagram, but have some Chobani on hand before you do. Chobani is the best, and after going to the Chobani Bar in SoHo last month, I decided to make my own! Just grab some yogurt + your favorite nuts & fruit. I also always encourage Cookie Butter and/or Nutella.

ramenRAMEN: Matt’s Aunt introduced us to the magical world of Ramen this weekend. Forget the 12-pack you can buy for a $1 and splurge on some real ramen. We hit up the famous Ippudo – after waiting in a line out the door just to put our name in and wait another 45 minutes (there is a bar conveniently inside and next door to pass time.) Whatever city you are in – get on Yelp, and get on this bandwagon.

  • Entertainment: Must-sees.

I know how hard it is to spend $10-$15 on a movie when they all come on RedBox for $1 eventually, but there are some really, really good movies that are worth seeing now. I recently enjoyed Mockingjay Part 1, Interstellar, and Theory of Everything. Next on the list are Hobbit & Into the Woods! You win this time, movie industry.

IMG_0463Lastly, seeing the new off-Broadway comedy, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, really topped off this month. I got discount tickets through work and I am so glad I heard about it! This is as hysterical as the title suggests, and very interactive (be prepared if you sit within the first five rows.) Matt and I were laughing the whole time – and may never look at a juicer the same way again. I’ll leave it up to your imagination, and I encourage you to see it if you’re in New York!

 

 

I can’t believe tomorrow is December already. I’m excited to head home to Florida for two weeks and get some rest & relaxation! Bring it on, winter!