Thursday, September 15, 2016

findiing my tribe -- day 6: 10 day freedom plan blog challenge

finding my tribe
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 6

I'm shy. I'm starting with that because finding and contacting a mentor is a huge challenge for me. Yet I've found my tribe. Twice, in fact. I discovered the South Sound Story Guild from Olympia, Washington in 2005 and then in 2014, I joined the Utah Storytelling Guild. I meet with both groups as often as possible and have discovered great storytellers to learn from.

Funny thing, though, is that I feel this was a huge task for me. I get this mindset that I have to do things my own way because of my disability. Storytelling isn't that way, though. I should seek out mentors who are doing what I would like to do. I have forged friendships with members of the story guilds, some of whom I'd call mentors.

I'm learning of people out there who I really admire. I hear not just their stories, but stories about them. I would like to meet them and talk about building a career out of wandering and storytelling. For this challenge, I'm planning to contact Bil Lepp and Christopher Titus. I love their styles and watching them on stage makes me feel like they're just chatting casually.

I'd like to ask how much work is hidden behind those stories they tell so easily. I'm curious what their typical day is like as they move from project to project. I think that's where I am right now. How do I organize myself and build habits that will improve my chances at success in this business?

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