Thursday, 18 September 2014

Guest Post: Alicia Bernbaum

Alicia Bernbaum guest blogs on Ginger Soup for the Actor's Soul on staying creative

It’s a fair thing to say that creative people like to express themselves. Expression can take so many different forms like painting or sculpting or acting. At five, I was making forts and taking apart my parents dining room chairs and putting them back together. I promise not one chair was hurt in the fostering of my creativity. At 25 I’m doing improvisation, trying some burlesque and writing to express myself, get creative & let off stress. In the following article I will tell you how I started taking it off and making it up to stay creatively fulfilled. 

I started doing improvisation before I even knew I was doing it. At seven, I went with my parents to visit my cousins in Calgary. My uncle (totally just learned this a year ago) was doing improv shows. Improv for those new to the concept is where one person or a group of people work off of each other to create stories with no planned script. It often starts with a suggestion from the audience and the scene becomes something about “old peoples' pants” when an improviser yells “what’s something that bugs you?” out to the audience. At seven, I heard the improviser stand at the end of the stage and ask that very ceremonious question. Some synapsis in the little head of the younger version of me went off and I stood up and yelled above everyone else a suggestion that had the theater riot with laughter. It was probably about the ridiculousness of how much people win in the lottery or maybe it was about Barbie dolls. Improvisation has allowed me to get into myself, say crazy things, try out ideas and make people laugh. It has helped me to do better at work when I’m creating marketing strategies or content creation, stay on my toes and also be a better conversationalist and social person. I like to think that I’m taking off what I have in my head and putting it out there for others. 

I recently started trying some burlesque classes to have fun and make cool, art-haus performances. Really, some of the most epic performances have come from burlesque dancers. I once saw Villainy Loveless dress herself like a piece of broccoli and dip herself in a bucket of “sauce” which turned out to be sparkly water. I recently did a burlesque performance where the light side of ourselves and the dark side of ourselves came together and had an affair until both sides combined in one super sassy routine. Playing with creativity, movement and dance helps me to hold myself better, act confidently and go head first onto a stage made of chairs and strip off one layer of clothing to mad cheers from my girlfriends. Both improv and burlesque and even writing are ways that I take it off and make it up to stay creative fulfilled. 

Here are some cool places to check out improvisation in Vancouver: 

Ginger Soup for the Actor's Soul recommends Blind Tiger Comedy by Alicia Bernbaum
Ginger Soup for the Actor's Soul recommends Instant Theatre Company by Alicia Bernbaum
Ginger Soup for the Actor's Soul recommends Vancouver Theatresports League by Alicia Bernbaum
Ginger Soup for the Actor's Soul recommends Virginia Jack by Alicia Bernbaum

Ginger Soup for the Actor's Soul recommends The Sunday Service by Alicia Bernbaum


Alicia Bernbaum is a creative strategist, writer & content creator for marketing, working with advertising agencies, broadcast media companies and creatives alike. Her blog is a personal lifestyle blog for creatives with big aspirations like her. In addition to work, she loves improv, comedy & acting. She has two scripts in development. She is also an advocate for anxiety and mental health awareness for women in BC. 
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