I went to a great class yesterday, a workshop on improvisation for camera work, and among the things we were supposed to learn was a memory trick to remember a list of up to ten things. Now that was quite a deal for me, as I sometimes have difficulty recalling a list of a half a thing, let alone ten things.
You might ask, as did someone (not I) in the class, why we need to memorize anything if we are improvising. I did think that was a good question, and while I am failing to remember what the actual answer was, it had something to do with being at an audition and being required to remember stuff. Go figure.
We all stood in a circle and our fabulous instructor took us through a practice round of recall. This instructor had already shared that he is a list-maker (that almost caused me to get out of Dodge, as I don’t really even know what a list is–but see the post on to-do’s), and because of that is a guy who remembers lists. Our practice round ended with varied degrees of success, I might say. Me being the bottom variable, unfortunately.
However, I was able to recall about half of the ten things after we went through the practice. Quite a success, really.
The problem is that I cannot remember how we did it. I did have fun, though.