Work this week was a little rough. At my office, we have four creative teams that work with different clients, but when a huge project came in Monday morning, for better or worse, all 40 of us were forced to work together.
I have the benefit of being on a great team at work, but there are only 7 of us. We all know each other really well. We understand how everyone works. We’ve learned how to deal with the weird interpersonal quirks that arise in high-pressure situations.
But put 40 people in a room that don’t typically work together (not to mention 40 “creative diva” types), and you’re creating a recipe for disaster. And although the finished project wowed the client, during the course of two 14-hour workdays, tensions ran pretty high as people started focusing on what was best for them rather than what was best for the project or team.
Like work, in improv we generally have the benefit of playing with a small team. We know each other’s quirks and nuances, we know how others will react in high-pressure situations (aka shows), and we know how to work best with their style of play.