The day the new teams are announced, there’s a lot of space taken up on the web for the newly cast: congratulations and what not. But nothing ever really gets said to the people who are cut. I’ve been thinking a lot about that today, so I decided to offer some advice to those people.
1) Feel your feelings
When I was cut from Harold Night, I was devastated. I felt like my greatest dream had been taken from me. I was really sad. Then I was really angry. The important thing to remember is that it’s okay to be angry or sad or whatever you’re feeling. And it’s also okay if you want to take a break from the scene. Give yourself some time to process.
2) Don’t panic
After the initial shock wears off, you are probably going to want to talk to someone, a teacher or the AD, and get a full postmortem on why you were cut. I do not recommend this. It will only send you into a deeper tailspin. Yes, it’s possible that you could get back on a team and yes, the AD/teacher might have some advice, but you know, deep down, what you could work on. Don’t weigh yourself down with someone else’s criticism. It’ll just send you into your head.
3) Pretend this is it
Ask yourself, “if I never got back on a team, what would I do?” Whatever the answer is, that’s probably the best thing you can do right now. If you love improv, you’ll find a way to keep doing it. If you decide you’re done, that’s okay too. Remember, “you are what you love, not what loves you.”
4) You are a talented and worthy person
Otherwise you’d have never been cast. Remember this. It is true.
To those who were cast, congrats. To those who were cut, I got your back.