Chapter 3: Jealousy and Improv…it’s okay and natural

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I have spent a good chunk of my improv life wishing I could play like some of my idols.

For example:

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1)   I wish I could do a one-man musical like Blaine Swen

2)   I wish I could go balls to the wall like Brendan Jennings.

3)   I wish I had the patience and object work of Tj and Dave

4)   I wish I could have the confidence and beauty of Mary Sohn

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5)   I wish I could do a show like Dummy week after week

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6)   I wish I was as hilariously lovable and as committed as Emily Wilson

7)   I wish I could be as focused as Rebecca Sohn or Blythe Haaga

8)   I wish I could nail the first line of a scene like John Hartman

Trust me, I could go on and on.  I haven’t even begun to mention all the improvisers I know with enviable skill sets…

But I don’t hate these people because they have/do these things.

I love them for it.  They inspire me.  They make me laugh.

You show me someone who is watching a  hilarious show without the smallest smile or a laugh, and I will show you someone who probably doesn’t listen.  I will show you someone who is so concerned with his or herself that this person probably finds it difficult to be an equal partner/member in an ensemble.

The trick is letting your jealousy work for you—not against you.  Because let’s be honest—it’s only hurting you, not anyone else.

Dina has toured with and directed for The Second City National Touring Company and has taught/performed/directed all over the great city of Chicago. In 2011, Dina was honored to headline the Denver Improv Festival as a representative of Virgin Daiquiri; that same year, iO Chicago graced her with the title of Improviser of the Year. In 2012, Dina executive produced Virgin Daiquiri’s first album FOOD BABY, now available on iTunes. Dina now performs regularly at iO Chicago with Virgin Daiquiri at iO - where she also co-created CUFFS & DBAG. She has also had the honor of working at Steppenwolf and ATC.


  • January 31, 2014

    Carmen Christopher

    Yo, these people are pretty dope. I would love to play with them sometime.
    Check out Thunderdome at 10pm at Studio Be on Wednesdays. Holler at your boy if any of these people want to play!

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