Asked Questions for Storytellers and Those Who Want to Hire Them (Part
burning questions that many people ask are:
should I expect at a storytelling event?
At a festival, you get Olio's (a group of tellers within a certain time) and features, showcases, etc. where a certain teller or group will hold the stage. These are examples, and there is a lot of variety. By and large storytelling events are on weekends and evenings, seating is a portable chair, indoors or outdoors, with snacks on hand (or for sale) and the show will last 2-3 hours. A festival can last up to 2-3 days, but you can come and go as you please. Unlike most performance type events, Storytellers interact at various levels with the audience, and storytelling audiences that "get into" stories are really fun. You meet great people, and might get to share a few of your own. And afterward, you'll say, wow, I've got to tell my friends about this!
do I hire a Storyteller?
that a storyteller is just like anyone else, in that they need to make
a living. Things like Medical, Dental, Taxes, Insurance, Rent, Food,
Kids, Computers, Publicity, Gas, Auto maintenance, etc. all need to be
taken into consideration of the rate of a teller. You as an event producer,
have some things you can sweeten the deal with- If a Teller is going to
get a lot publicity, spend the night in a great seaside hotel, etc. Fun
enters into it too. If this is a worthy cause, they could be more flexible.
Likewise, if you want a certain teller but your budget is tight, with
a little legwork, you could maybe help line up some other gigs at schools
etc. Then as a package, everyone will get a lower rate, and a lot more
storytelling. Most tellers will be happy to give you a rate, and explain
it over the phone. Tellers depend on good word of mouth (literally) and
so if the teller is a working professional, they'll be able to help you.
"A Full time Teller"
Usually has literature, a website, tapes, CD's, etc. They run it as a business, and make their living telling stories, offering workshops, etc. They have contracts and info packages. (Pros and Cons - Pros: High reliability, consistent performances, more flexible schedules, and usually better known. Cons: Booking needs to be done earlier, sometimes tellers get a little burned out or repeat, prices can be higher.)
"A Part-Time Teller"
who does not do it full time. Storytelling supplements their income, and
there may not be a big enough market in their area to support a full time
teller, etc. The full-time teller's life is a hard one, and the fluctuations
of the freelance market are not well understood by landlords and kids.
It's not for everyone. Also, some tellers come to storytelling later in
life and want to finish their 20 years as an executive, or whatever. I
want to point out that many of these "Part-Time" tellers can
be every bit as good as a "Full-time teller".
"Pro-bono Teller/ Almost free"
This could be a retiree, a person just doing it for the love of telling, someone developing their chops, etc. Most Pro and Semi-Pro tellers do a number of Pro-bono gigs for good causes as well. In this case, things like reliability, and ability are totally subjective. You get what you pay for. Sometimes you can get an incredible teller for nothing. Or one that blows you off, or goes on and on, and on.
The important thing to remember is that whenever a teller endeavors to entertain, this is a skill, and effort. Do what you can to repay the intent and effort, even if that's a thank you note, gift bag, etc.
True's hiring tips:
Tune in again for the next article where True will answer the following questions:
3. What should
I expect from a professional Storyteller?
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