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Elizabeth Henderson

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« on: September 19, 2012, 03:50:32 AM »
Hi everyone,

I'm a storyteller. I'm not doing it full-time but I've done a lot of library shows and have worked at several festivals.

Just wanted to know if anyone else out there is doing storytelling.
“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”
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Michael Cohen

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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2012, 07:35:33 PM »
I weave stories into my magic. It is all story telling based but I really admire your craft of holding an audience (especially a young audience) with just your stories.

That is so cool.
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Elizabeth Henderson

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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2012, 06:42:28 AM »
Thank you. Like I said, I'm not doing this full time but I do enough to keep myself busy.

It is a lot of fun. There's nothing like haveing a whole room full of grade school kids still and quiet, hanging on every word. It doesn't always go that well, but when it does it is like nothing else in the world.
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2012, 10:58:51 AM »
I'm certainly the novice at Storytelling and open as a blank sheet about the whole thing. I would love to hear how you started and how to get into the schools and libraries.

Elizabeth, you say you're not full-time. I'm thinking that means others who are full-te might make a living at Storytelling? Even part-time is there an income for this?

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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2012, 11:03:48 AM »
I'm a fairly accomplished Puppeteer and a beginner levelVentriloquist.
Looking forward to merging both with Storytelling.

Elizabeth Henderson

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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2012, 03:26:41 PM »
Okay, let me start with some assumptions.

First, since this is a forum for family shows I assume that people are performing either full-time or part time in some form of entertainment.

Second, I'm assuming that you have some of the basics in place such as how to make a website (or at least you have someone do it for you), you know how to talk to a potential client and book a gig. Basically the business side of things are probably in place.

Well, getting gigs as a story teller shares a lot in common with any family show performer.

So, the basics of getting started as a story teller. I'll list five things.

First

Boldly claim to  be a story teller. You are already doing it in your other forms of entertainment so claim it.

When you are starting out volunteer and network. Like any other entertainment, in the beginning do as many free performances at public events as you can.

Volunteer at a library, nursing home or anywhere they'll have you.  But be sure to get photos of kids, nursing home residents, or any audience with smiles or rapt attention. Get a testimonial letter or letter of recommendation.

Then use all of those on your web site.

I'd strongly suggest you get a specific site for your story telling in addition to your magician, clown, face painting, or whatever other web site you have.

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Do what you are doing right now. Use web sites like this one to find out more and network with others. Story tellers love to talk. :) Duh!

Local and national storyteller groups can help you finding opportunities for performance. They can help with training. If you can ever go to a story telling festival or convention JUMP at the chance. That is one of the BEST ways to learn and see others who are good at the craft.

Third

Decide where you want to specialize.

It's funny but the more specific you are the more business you will get.

The "Guy Who Tells Those History Stories" or "That Lady Who Tells Funny Stories About Growing Up as the Daughter of a Pastor" is much better than being thought of as "that story teller."

Many story tellers get business when clients can easily see a particular audience for their tales.

So, the people on "The Moth" podcast are way different than a person in costume telling historical tales in character. But, what is great is there is enough business for both. Even in the exact same market.

Fourth

Use what you already know. If you play an instrument add music to the equation.

Tons of story tellers use a guitar or other musical instrument.

If you do magic or are an artist who can do an illustrated "chalk talk" type thing all the better.

If you love story telling and the venue is looking for a magician, they can hire you and you are still doing what you love, just combining two elements.

The more ways event planners can justify hiring you, the more business you will book.

Fifth

Treat it like a business.

When you start getting gigs continue to work hard to keep things going well in order to be successful in the long run.

Keep following up on leads and networking.

Sometimes story tellers who get a gigs, but don't follow up.  Successful pros keep looking for gigs. They calling  event coordinators for more future dates.

Also, do the other things than any professional performer does. Keep good tax records. Advertise wisely, network, be visible in the community, etc.



I hope these ideas help and I look forward to hearing about your success.

Anyone who gets into story telling or others who already are doing it, tell us about it here on the Family Show Forum.
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