We have a Discord Server open to anyone who wants to informally chat about storytelling and different aspects of it on Tuesdays, 9pm MDT (since Sept. 1) and Fridays, Noon MDT (starting Sept. 25).
We have archived 3 talking points from these weekly chats that started July 6, 2020. Let us know if you have a topic or project you want to discuss or explore that involves being a storyteller or storytelling by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free, open to all, click this direct Discord invite: https://discord.gg/KfwNK7Z
5-Part Blog Series: How Best to Use the Story Crossroads Discord Server
Next Discord Topics:
Pricing/Rates of Virtual vs. Live Storytelling – Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 9:00pm MDT AND Friday, October 2, 2020 at Noon MDT
Generational Gaps & Gains in Storytelling – Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 9:00pm MDT AND Friday, October 9, 2020 at Noon MDT
Impact on Traditional & Cultural Storytelling – Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 9:00pm MDT AND Friday, October 16, 2020 at Noon MDT
Orality and Screen Culture – Equity of Experiencing Storytelling – Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:00pm MDT AND Friday, October 23, 2020 at Noon MDT
Talking Points of Past Video Chats (current on top)
International Collaborations, September 22 & 25, 2020
- While this article “Top tips for building and maintaining international collaborations” is Science-focused, can still be applied to Storytelling with these key points – Be Inclusive; Avoid Potential Pitfalls; Reach Out; Formalize Agreements
- Dream On Productions has worked internationally for 20+ years, shared by Karen Golden
- Be aware of cultural views and assumptions such as customs/etiquette such as from this article – America has assumption of “you didn’t say ‘no'” while other countries are more integrity-driven – makes a difference in contractual agreements
Storytelling Movements – Where are We Now?, September 15, 2020
- Read “The Storytellers’ Journey: An American Revival” by Joseph Daniel Sobol that was published in 1999 and then compare to Sobol’s newest book that barely came out in 2020 (did not discuss as the book is so new, but would be fascinating to compare) – movements consists of tellers, listeners, producers of live and virtual events as well as the general public so checking on events/festivals would give us more numbers to check on what state we truly are in with the American Storytelling Movement as well as what is happening in all other continents
- According to Anthony F.C. Wallace’s Revitalization Theory, a revitalization movement is “steady state; period of individual stress; period of cultural distortion; period of revitalization (in which mazeway reformulation, communication, organization, adaptation, cultural transformation, and routinization occur); and finally, new steady state” quoted from Sobol’s 1999 book mentioned before on page 7
- Considering the virtual performances, workshops and other events – seems like instead of a revival, we are not in a vitalistic movement that “emphasize[s] the importation of alien elements into the mazeway,” quoted from Sobol’s 1999 book mentioned before on page 6
YouTube vs. Vimeo for Storytellers, September 8, 2020
- YouTube has 2 billion users while Vimeo has about 1 million users – though the audience is different as Vimeo has a professional feel, ability to add your branding and rent/sell videos, and being ad-free
- YouTube is free and you can earn money once you have 1,000+ subscribers (rare for storytellers but did see that John McCutcheon has 1.08K and 273,000+ views) while Vimeo has different levels with commercial/selling of videos needing Vimeo Pro of at least $20/month plus taking 10% of any video rental/fee AND merchandise/tax fees – check out World Storytelling Cafe (371 videos since May 2020) as well as Storytelling Connections (video rental of Ancient & Contemporary: Native American stories)
- Article to consider: Top 10 Free Video Sharing and Hosting Sites for Education (as tellers work often with educators)
Audience Isolation Behaviors, September 1, 2020
- Explore these articles: Audience Spontaneous Entrainment during the Collective Enjoyment of Live Performances: physiological and behavioral measurements (published March 2, 2020, would be fascinating for continued study now) as well as This is Your Brain on Good Storytelling (published Nov. 12, 2014).
- Narratives shared on video AND face-to-face interactions still caused brain to make oxytocin – this boosts how people help/cooperate with each other including audience situations. Character-driven stories do consistently cause oxytocin synthesis.
- Consider the speed at which audience-to-audience interacts lately as we re-phase into live storytelling events as well as audience-to-teller. High-energy emcees and longer warm-ups at the beginning are necessary to make up for the distance on physical and mental levels. GroupThink and acting as one (laughing, crying, gasping together) tends to be with audiences of 30+ people but may be closer to 60+ due to people getting acclimated after being in isolation for so long.
Story Storage, Aug. 24, 2020
- Hard copy and digital versions to store the stories you collect over time are recommended – hard copy for portability and “body memory” and digital for searchable columns
- Manila folders work great for each story and then categorized by hanging folders (origin country/location, motif/theme, holidays, recommended audience, etc.)
- Google Sheets allow easy-access on laptop and/or on phone for on-the-go and could include these column headers: Date, Location, Audience, Length of Performance, Stories Told, Theme (if any), Notes
Personal vs. Organizational Branding, Aug. 17, 2020
- Consider the colors you typically associate with you as a teller and with the marketing materials you create – hard copy and virtual – then make a bigger effort to continue any trends or at least decide these trends
- You as a teller is a logo in and of itself – any other personal and/or organizational logo needs to be included in any or all communications or advertising
- Rituparna Ghosh uses “Your Story Bag” as a physical, logo symbol, and philosophy and views of the art in connection with her storytelling, she uses this repeatedly on social media
Cultural Appropriation, Aug. 10, 2020
- Discussion came from 5-part blog series by Donna Washington: http://donnawashingtonstoryteller.blogspot.com/2019/08/cultural-misappropriation-is-better.html
- Research, research, research followed by Respect, respect, respect – or is it the other way around? Either way – remember those two words.
- Cultural Appropriation can leads to Cultural Misunderstanding across languages – example of India/Pakistan, ask Rituparna Ghosh
Prepping Halloween/Christmas stories for Podcasts, Aug. 3, 2020
- Challenge to anyone to consider holiday stories for podcasts with special attention to Halloween/Christmas – still not too late in September of every year to submit Halloween stories – example of one “Want to share your scary story? We would love to hear it in the dead of night! Submit your pitch to: email@example.com”
- Can you share the entire story within 1-2 minutes? Proposing a story may mean telling it shorter knowing you can take more time with it once accepted.
- Amazing person who knows how to submit podcast stories AND runs a podcast himself: Dr. Raymond Christian
Video Editing – Free & Purchased Software, July 27, 2020
- Book to consider reading, “In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing” by Walter Murch – despite being published in 2001, still has concepts and ideas that apply today (recommended by film editor in 2020!) – and look at Quora query on video editing article
- Favorite free video editing options: DaVinci Resolve 16.2 (older options out there – many bells and whistles for being free), Canva (but only a couple minutes worth, great for video beginning/ending scenes), Shotcut, iMovie PLUS YouTube Video comparing 6 free video editing tools
- Favorite purchased video editing options: Adobe Premiere Pro (monthly cost due to “Cloud”), Final Cut Pro (one-time cost)
Patreon & Other Recurring Revenues for Storytellers, July 20, 2020
- Discover your balance of Free Content to Consume vs. Exclusive when working out Patreon or other comparable recurring revenues platforms
- Create an email script to invite family/friends about subscribing for at least 3 months to build the momentum and recruit other supports in the time being (for example – different levels on Patreon and could be $3 X 3 months so only $9 commitment but makes the difference)
- Understand your brand and what posts would “make sense” AND great person who knows how to use Patreon (and attended): Laura Packer
Starting a Podcast, July 13, 2020
- Great people who have podcasts (and attended): Dr. Raymond Christian – What’s Ray Saying?, Rituparna Ghosh – Golpo-Stories from Around the World , Brian “Fox” Ellis – Fox Tales International, Rachel Ann Harding – Story Story Podcast
- 700,000 podcasts with 2,000 new podcasts every day – run a podcast AND be on other podcasts
- Libsyn helps to boost podcasts, check out here: http://www.libsyn.com
Antelope Island/Potential for Stories when giving tours, July 6, 2020
- Featured the experience of Carl and wanting to expand his repertoire and type of stories depending on the audience before him when giving tours of Antelope Island
- Tim Ereneta shared article of “a different model/metaphor of story creation…Doug Lipman explains the difference between building stories and growing them”: http://storydynamics.squarespace.com/articles/living-fence
- As a result, Carl created a template file “that I have created for the stories that I want to tell and then try to finagle the facts and details into the little slots in that file.”