Discord: Connecting the Improv Community

Hey, it’s Anthony Francis from Improv U, back again to chat about something a little different but incredibly important for our improv community—staying connected through Discord. In a world where digital spaces increasingly complement our physical ones, Discord has emerged as a powerful tool for keeping the improv community tightly knit. Let’s dive into how Discord supports our unique ecosystem and walk through getting started on this platform.

Why Discord for Improv?

Discord, originally popular among gamers, has become a versatile platform for communities, including those of us in improv, to gather, discuss, and share. Its features support everything from text-based chat to voice and video calls, making it an ideal space for improvisers to connect, brainstorm, and even rehearse virtually. Here’s why it’s become a go-to for us:

  1. Dedicated Spaces: Discord allows us to create servers and channels dedicated to specific topics or groups. This means we can have a space for everything from general discussions to rehearsal schedules, post-show analysis, and everything in between.
  2. Real-time Collaboration: The platform’s voice and video chat capabilities mean we can run virtual workshops, have live discussions, and even perform online improv shows.
  3. Resource Sharing: Discord is great for sharing scripts, show flyers, educational resources, and more, helping our community grow and learn together.
  4. Accessibility: It makes our community more accessible, especially for those who can’t always make it to live shows or workshops due to geographical or logistical reasons.

Getting Started with Discord: A Quick Guide

If you’re new to Discord, here’s a simple guide to get you started:

  1. Sign Up: Download the Discord app (available on desktop and mobile) or head to Discord’s website. Sign up with an email and create a username.
  2. Join a Server: Once you’re set up, you can join an improv community server. This might be provided to you as an invite link from the community itself. Click the link, and you’ll be added to the server.
  3. Explore Channels: Within each server, you’ll find channels. These can be text channels (for typing out conversations) or voice/video channels (for speaking directly with others). Browse through and get familiar with the topics.
  4. Participate: Don’t be shy! Jump into conversations, introduce yourself, and participate in scheduled events. Discord’s all about interaction, so the more you put in, the more you’ll get out of it.
  5. Notifications: Customize your notification settings to ensure you stay updated on the conversations that interest you most without being overwhelmed.

Tips for a Better Discord Experience

  • Use Push to Talk: In voice channels, consider using the ‘Push to Talk’ feature to minimize background noise during discussions or rehearsals.
  • Explore Bots: Discord servers can use bots for a variety of purposes, from scheduling to fun interactive games. These can enhance your experience and help manage the community.
  • Stay Engaged: Regular participation helps strengthen the community. Whether it’s asking questions, sharing experiences, or just chiming in on discussions, every bit helps.

Discord has opened up a new realm of possibilities for the improv community, making it easier than ever for us to stay connected, collaborate, and support each other. Whether you’re looking to discuss techniques, set up virtual shows, or just chat about your love for improv, Discord provides the perfect space to do so.

Remember, improv thrives on community, and platforms like Discord help ensure that our community remains vibrant, engaged, and supportive, no matter where we are in the world.

Keep improvising, and see you on Discord!

Anthony Francis

Slow Down

Don’t think about your improv scenes as something you have to get through as quickly as possible. Your improv scene isn’t an obstacle course. It’s a hiking trail. Think about your improv scenes as a nice leisurely walk and you might just find yourself enjoying and discovering more than you ever thought possible.

 

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Come Help Me

“Come over here and help me” is a common phrase that I hear from new improvisers. The reason they say this is because they’re scared to do their action on their own and they’re not sure how they can stay connected to their scene partner if they’re not both doing the same action. It’s not about the action. It’s never about what you’re doing. It’s always about the relationship between the two people. You got this!

 

 

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Bring a song

song

songIf you wanna get better at improv go to rehearsal and practice your scenes with music underneath. I like to use soundtrack music from movies, the instrumental music. Do your scenes with that music underneath and bring that energy into your scenes. Now, when you go on stage for a show, bring a little song with you. When you step out, have a song in mind and play your scene with that character, that you’re playing with that music in your heart. And it’s gonna change the energy of your scenes, and if you can kinda have that music playing in your head as you’re doing your scene you’d be amazed at how much your energy can change and how much energy you’ll have in that scene. So bring a song with you when you go on stage.

 

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