I don’t generally publish my own opinions on here, but I think this is important:
If you’re doing a spank, record it!
A surprising number of people don’t do this. And you should do it. It will help you be specific in what you fix and more objective on the next draft. You do all of that work on a show, make sure that no matter what, you have something to show for it. You’ve earned that.
Maybe you don’t get a run at UCB, but at least you have a record of the work you did. Both for you to look back on, and to show others. Creating and producing a show is hard work, and that’s its own success.
The project you might see as a personal failure could actually get you a job when you describe to someone how you approached producing the show, and what you learned from it. Maybe some thread of this work inspires your next. If you’ve listened to enough podcasts or read enough tumblr posts then you know it isn’t always the one project someone obsessed over that got them somewhere, it’s the hard work and experience they got from doing that work and the fact that people were able to access it.
We generally expect improv to burn up in the ether as it’s created. Scripted material that you’ve toiled on doesn’t have to.
- Chris Griswold (with an assist from Daisy Rosario)