WHO IS PLAY WITH FIRE IMPROV?
It’s me! Cameron. This is where I put you at ease that you’re in good hands.
I used to be anxious. All the time. It affected everything from my ability to present scripts as a copywriter in advertising, all the way to my ability to leave the house without panicking. It was who I thought I was, and always would be. Then improv changed my life.
Now I use improv to help corporate clients, groups, and hundreds of individuals connect and bond with others, make bold creative choices, and find the courage to be their best selves.
• Professor of Play at Play with Fire Improv
• Instructor, and Founder of the Improv for Anxiety program at Second City Toronto
• Professor of Presentation Skills at Seneca College
• Improviser for over 12 years, studying and performing across North America
• Advertising copywriter for 12 years
• Former anxious person (over 30 years’ experience)
BENEFITS OF IMPROV FOR MENTAL HEALTH
A 2014 government survey showed that an estimated 3 million Canadians (18+) reported they had a mood and/or anxiety disorder. And those numbers are probably low. When you factor in the stigma of mental health issues, the fact that almost half of people say they’ve never gone to see a doctor about their issues, most people end up suffering alone before admitting what would be perceived as a “weakness.”
While few scientific studies exist, improv and play have been shown to help:
Relieve stress and anxiety
Stimulate brain function and boost creativity
Improve relationships and your connection with others
Enhance your ability to take risks and try new things
Relax the body and keep you energized
Release endorphins (making you feel good) and boost the immune system
It changed my life (read my story here). And I’ve personally seen it change the lives of others. Improv is like going to therapy, and having fun at the same time.
Laughter truly is the best medicine.