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Improv changed my acting career. It can change yours too.

When I say that improv changed the trajectory of my acting career, that is no understatement. Heck, it changed my life... but we're dealing with improv and acting right now, so I'll spare you.

Jess doing voice over for Best Buy.

Jess doing voice over for Best Buy.

Acting was something I knew how to do, somewhat intrinsically, from a young age. The "pretending" was easy, facing out toward the audience was natural, speaking loudly.... must have stemmed from my need to be noticed. But just because I was inclined toward, it did not mean that I was good at it. I had to study, learn, make mistakes, hone the techniques, and ultimately throw everything away and trust what worked for me.

By the time I had begun to pursue the career professionally, I. Was. Ready... or so I thought. It wasn't until my first Commercial Audition that I really realized how different the demands were. If I wanted to book, I had more to learn.

After many classes, improv training, and some hard earned mistakes, I can stand before you today to tell you that the commercial audition process is SOOOO much easier than we make it out to be. But it's not until you break it down that it becomes clear.

Improv allows you to be present in a way that simple acting training just cannot do. Does this mean that I don't experience the occasional misstep or surprise? Not at all! But do I treat them like the gifts they are and use them to my advantage? You better believe it.

I can't wait to share with you the knowledge I have so that you too can know the joys of booking, and not giving a damn.

Join Jessica for Improv Books Auditions and You Can Too on September 19th from 7-10pm. The casting directors will thank you. Jessica is a member of Ripley Improv, performs regularly on HyperRPG, is the voice of Best Buy , and has booked dozens of commercials (because of improv).