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Lockdown improv

Leslie Seiler (BA’00) is an actor, improviser, director and writer. As she continues to navigate her career and life during the pandemic, she takes us through a typical day.

24 hours

7:00 a.m. I awake to the sound of my husband teaching online improv camps.
We aren’t quite in our Hollywood Hills home yet, so this one bedroom is cozy! I don’t mind this wake up. It reminds me how unpredictable this career path is and the crazy adventure we are on.

8:30 a.m. Get up for real. Then, coffee.

9:00 a.m. Workout on Instagram, with my Toronto Gym, Elle Fitness. On Fridays, eight of my girlfriends and I jump on Zoom and do the class “together.” It keeps us fit and sane.

Seiler’s days have been filled with pandemic cooking, Zoom exercise classes and auditions from her home sound booth.

10:00 a.m. Keep working out—sort of. After 20 years, I’ve decided to finish my Group Fitness Instructor training. Being locked down gives you time to finish decades old projects, so I’m working on choreography. By the end of the hour I am very satisfied with my “Footloose” routine.

11:00 a.m. Shower and maybe lunch.

Noon Check and answer emails. I may have an audition. If it’s due ASAP then straight to hair and makeup, setting up lights and shooting it. If it’s due any later, I will procrastinate until the last moment. If it’s a voice audition, I record it in my sound booth (aka: our storage closet).

2:00 p.m. Study the next chapter in my Group Fitness Instructor Course.

3:00 p.m. Write “24 Hours” piece for Dal Alumni Magazine. Try to make “Lock Downed Life” in L.A. seem really cool and not at all sad.

4:00 p.m. Depending on the day, either: go to grocery store, prepare my lesson plan (I teach Improv and Sketch Writing online) or work on my stand-up sets for Burbank Comedy Festival.

6:00 p.m. Make dinner (if not teaching or doing an online open mic), while watching a Marvel movie I’ve seen 100 times.

8:00 p.m. Head to a patio to meet friends! JUST KIDDING! We can’t go anywhere. Binge on a show or do a Zoom game night with friends or family.

Midnight Off to bed to see what tomorrow brings. Maybe things will start to reopen and we’ll go back to in- person auditions, jobs and live shows! Maybe I’ll be “Groundhog Daying” this day until 2021. But locked down or not, the possibility of every day here truly is an adventure.