I thought about this a lot and came up with too many specific examples, but I think they can all be grouped under two main points…
- The only bad initiation would be setting yourself and your partner up to do a scene you actively dislike and don’t wanna play.
- That initiation where neither performer has anything and stares at one another for about five seconds. Why do we do this so often?!
We could write a textbook called The Don’ts of Initiating, but if you wanna keep your improv easy, just don’t initiate a scene you hate. Almost anything else (even my personal favorite: “Get the eff outta here!”) can be really, really fun.
I’d love to hear some other takes on this question!