About this course
Storytelling is an art. A professional storyteller brings stories to life. It creates a personal bond with the storyteller and the audience, developing a connection with one another through the communal experience. They deepen their relationship by the flexibility of the storytelling to the needs of the audience and or, or the location or environment.
A story can take a minute, an hour or even a day. The longer it takes, the more the attention of the audience is needed. Unlike in movies when once a mistake or an off timing has been made, it can’t be undone. Storytelling needs enough practice and the right expression to make it successful. All the twists and turns of the story are accountable to its potential. The telling is better without a script. It is modifiable, changing the story when it needs and engages more with the audience.
An actor and a storyteller may seem the same, but they are only similar. When you act, you need to express yourself more, showing emotions through the character and how the story progresses. However, in acting, you are the character. A storyteller somehow becomes the characters, the environment, and even the world. They can never only portray one.
Storytellers sometimes use props to express their story more. It is great to leave the imagination to your audience, but there are times where when you need to show them exactly what they need to see, to not create a hundred different objects to a hundred people.
Collaborating with other professionals like musicians and even co-storytellers can create a difference, time to time when you get used to the job. You may be a successful storyteller, but at times when you can’t think of any other way to be creative, collaborating with others may not be such a bad idea. You can even promote each other to each other’s audience.