If a picture is worth a thousand words, a story must be worth at least the amount of words used to tell the story right? Well, here is a picture of the subject of my Vocalo workshop.
Consider this the teaser trailer?
Stay tuned for more!
This is the opposite of hipsters who ride bikes and claim stronger legs make for a better economy.
Psyche. I tricked you, Vocalo. I’m not very great at telling stories. At least, not on the fly or in any kind of raconteur capacity. My suspicion is that my brain moves faster than my mouth and I start leaving out details that I assume people are going to fill in the best parts of the story; the details. I’m also guilty of telling stories that you just needed to be there for which, trust me, is just as bad for the person telling that story as it is for the listener.
But I love stories. It doesn’t even have to be that great of a story. I like the act of listening and imagining what the experience must have felt like or looked like or smelled like and pretty much putting myself in the shoes of that storyteller as much as I can.
I love stories so much that even though I know I’m not so great at telling them I still do it. I launch into a story and either get bored of telling it about two sentences in or realize that it’s not really going anywhere. But, I don’t stop. I keep going. Until I finally reach the end. And it’s a terrible ending. So I usually have to say “The End” to signal to people that it’s the end of the story. Which, you know, I like to think people find endearing.
What I can do is tell other people’s stories. It’s part of the reason I’m an actor. I like taking other peoples stories and telling them. From the outside of anything it’s easier to take it in objectively and as a whole which makes the arc of a story easier to see. It’s also a way to live vicariously through other people’s stories and pretend like they are my stories being told. Which, yes, is admittedly self centered and probably not the best reason to tell a story.
All of that leads me to this; Vocalo’s storytelling workshop is a way for me to learn how to better tell a story. I’ll have the advantage of an unparalled organization of storytelling behind me, guiding me as I craft a loose set of thoughts, ideas, and sounds into a cohesive and entertaining whole. One where hopefully I won’t have to say “The End” to let people know it’s over. And hopefully one where people won’t even want it to be over.
So, Vocalo, thank you for this opportunity. And fellow workshopsmates*, I look forward to hearing your stories and learning from you. And to those whose stories I deign on telling, I promise to tell them honestly and respectfully.
*I made this word up. It means “People with whom you take a workshop”