13:30. We humans, have this incredible capacity of communicating and influencing one another but also this risk of being misheard or misunderstood by the other. This is where I feel improv. can help : it teaches you how to be a good communicator, how to captivate your audience with a good story also how to collaborate with your partners on stage. Basically, it teaches you how to convey a message in all confidence and efficacy within a short amount of time – skill that is crucial in the field of EU affairs.
How did I start doing this? Oh, I never believed acting was a viable career option, probably because I come from a family of Greek immigrants who believe becoming a lawyer or an engineer is the only one path to success (She laughs) For years I did it as a hobby, on the side of working for the EU, until I turned thirty and realised: hey, this is the one thing in my life that I have never ever quit! So I committed to it. I was quite self-involved before; I thought I was brave but I was actually afraid of failure and did not take enough risks. Improv helped me overcome this, since it’s a collaborative process. There is no room for ego.
(Kelly worked at the European Commission, the European Parliament and an NGO based in Brussels and is now the founder of Improvbubble, an improv company offering communication trainings, improv. classes and shows.)