Embracing Open Interpretation

Open Interpretation - it’s an event in which competitors are always trying to second guess how to line themselves up in the competition room:

“No, I can’t go in with my humorous piece after you made the judges all cry!”

“Well I’m not going in after your funny piece and just depress them all either!”

It’s also one of the last events to get filled with judges:

“It’s just so…so…open.”

Let me tell you exactly why I love all that ‘openness’ in this event.

Interpretation is really about story telling at its most basic level, and stories run the full emotional gamut of things we feel as people.  We love to laugh with good old belly laughs.  We need to be moved at the deepest level to tears.  But there is a LOT of space between those two extremes where most of us operate most of the time.  The Open Interpretation strikes there, at that mid-zone along the emotional spectrum...

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Picking YOUR Perfect Interp Piece


Kristi and I both agree that we don’t know what those 5-7 random judges will want to hear or see in the final round in the middle of June (at The National Championship). Some competitors stew and anguish over picking their piece or topic. Some cut and recut, some choose new pieces all together… Mid-season!

Here is some advice when picking your perfect Interp piece… Continue reading “Picking YOUR Perfect Interp Piece”