22 August 2014
Practice makes perfect – in theory.
Or perfect practice makes better, according to my high school volleyball coach. But in both versions of this peptalk, there is a direct correlation between practice and improvement (or hours of practice and level of achievement).
at 2:57 pm Posted by Ryan Millar
15 August 2014
An idea formed in my mind some months ago: a sneaky return to the Edinburgh Fringe. Not an actual run, but a couple performances, a few guest spots, some visiting with friends and seeing a few shows I'd been keen to watch.
Well, it happened. A few days of delightful delights and enjoyable running to and fro.
at 12:35 pm Posted by Ryan Millar
03 August 2014
We're over the halfway point of the second calendar year of my Amsterdam Programme.
That 'programme' is sort of generally my life here: working as a creative freelancer, and pursuing writing and performing professionally. It's been going really well. i'm writing lots, have been traveling quite a bit, had the opportunity to develop a couple of new shows, and produce some comedy and storytelling events. It's actually even worked out to be reasonably – though not wildly – financially successful.
So, yeah. Pretty good. But what's the next step?
at 12:20 am Posted by Ryan Millar
28 July 2014
|Fields of flowers at sunset can be so relaxing|
I've learned a few things along the way, which seems like really the minimum one can do when embarking on a new venture. So I've made a list of some of these things that I think might be helpful for others.
They apply specifically to me and what I've been doing – which is writing websites and corporate film scripts, performing and teaching improv comedy, producing and hosting storytelling and comedy events, and a smattering of acting and voiceover work. But they are – well, if not universal, at least extrapolatable. Which is only theoretically a word, but most certainly a concept.
Hopefully they'll be useful for you.
at 11:31 am Posted by Ryan Millar
25 July 2014
|For two shows only, I'll be at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe|
I'm pleased to announce, more or less more officially (I'm pretty sure a blogpost qualifies as an official channel), that I'll be back in Edinburgh for the Fringe 2014. And not as a visitor – although there are about 300 shows I want to see – I'll be back doing a very limited run (two shows) of The Pitch.
Or, as it's known in the PBH Free Fringe programme: Ryan Millar in The Pitch!
at 9:16 am Posted by Ryan Millar
22 July 2014
I'm just back from Impro Hotel in Corfu, and I'm still completely Corfused.
I was definitely in another world for a full week - and that world was full of sun, laughs, delicious homemade meals served at pre-appointed times, dune buggies, improv revelations, dancing and high quality good times. Although I was technically working (I was there to teach improv), it sure didn't feel like it; in the words of camp director Ralf, there was much party made last week.
at 9:47 am Posted by Ryan Millar
03 July 2014
|That's not a typo. The Canucks new goalie spells his last name with an 'e'.|
A lot of people have been asking me if I'm excited about heading back to Vancouver to play for the Canucks. I would be, if I were doing so.
But I am not.
at 11:05 am Posted by Ryan Millar
25 June 2014
|As straightforward as it can get.|
A lack of reality (or commitment, or vulnerability) is one of my biggest turn-offs in improv. And in performance (and people), in general.
at 12:32 pm Posted by Ryan Millar