You don’t. Worry about your own work and move on when there’s a chance. It’s not your show, so don’t try to direct it from your head.
Do the people on the team share your opinion? Probably not, so don’t worry about them. Does the audience like the shows? If not, the show won’t survive. But if the audience does — which I suspect they do — then try and figure out what the show is doing right.
You sound like people who complain that SNL is a bad show. It’s easy to find people who wonder out loud “How can that show be rewarded with its long term success when it (pick one: focuses so much on dumb pop culture, caters to a young audience, runs popular characters into the ground with little variation)?” Rather than figuring out why it is that SNL is the most successful sketch show in American (world?) history (ah, it focuses on the pop culture everyone is talking about, it’s one of the few shows with talent catering to a young audience, it repeats its popular characters).
What I’m saying: You’re being too harsh. The judge who lives in your brain is being given too much power. It will turn on you in times of low confidence and you won’t be able to recover and you’ll quit. Practice compassion and empathy. This paragraph is perhaps too new agey to be accepted at face value, but I suggest you take this advice if you want to be happy doing creative things.
POST SCRIPT (added a few hours after posting): Ugh, I jumped on this in too hostile a manner, which is hypocritical. Though I mean what I say above I want to add that I am sympathetic with the frustration this person expresses. It is frustrating to see people take for granted a good show or a good time slot, etc. I do understand that. But the “judge” thing I speak of —- I know this from experience. If you indulge the part of your brain that is scanning someone else’s show and demanding that it be improved or fixed and wanting to punish those who fall short — that part of your brain will get stronger and turn on you in ways you do not realize. This is the same point but I wanted to add that I also have the feelings you express but I’ve learned they are a red flag to be dealt with in my head for my own sake!
I really, really want to hang out and maybe have a beer with Will Hines.
There’s a lot of preparation happening for the fall season at Montreal Improv because it’s going to be packed!! I’m very excited for everything on the horizon and I hope you are too. Below is a brief outline of some of the things you really gotta know about. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com.
Do you let yourself make mistakes?
This morning I took out a sketchpad and some felt tip markers. I didn’t have a clear idea of what I want to create yet, but I touched the tip to the paper nonetheless. As I was drawing, a slip of my hand threw off my design and I was forced to re-adapt. As I worked around the “error”, I was transported back to a time in fourth grade…
The assignment was simple. Everyone was given a blank cardboard umbrella and was told to paint it with a design of their creation. At the end of class, I handed in a bright red umbrella with big black polka dots.
"Lovely," Mrs. Boone said. "Were you inspired by ladybugs?"
I explained to her that actually, I had a different idea, but as I was painting a big black blob of paint fell on my umbrella and I was forced to change my pattern.
"I like it," she said. "You used a mistake instead of letting it ruin your project."
The moment has stuck with me forever because of the impact her words had on me. The thing is, I never thought of the big black blob as a “mistake” until she said it was. To me, it was simply a thing that had happened, and I adapted accordingly.
Thinking back on the moment this morning, I realized that this is the essence of improv. You simply start something and keep moving in whatever direction it takes you. There are no “mistakes” unless we call them that way.