Monday, April 6, 2015
Issue # 154

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com

Join the Storytelling Tribe in Kansas City This Summer!

SAVE $75 until May 12th

Check out the MASTER CLASSES on THURSDAY - July 30th

                         Carmen Deedy - Writing and Publishing

                              Bill Harley - Performance Skills

                   John McCutcheon - Using Music in Storytelling

                      Gene Tagaban - Storytelling for Wellness

Master Class Schedulehttp://storynet.org/conference/master-classes.html
COnference Schedule: http://storynet.org/conference/schedule.html

NSN Brimstone Awards - We Need Your Help!

The National Storytelling Network’s Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling issues one or two grants each year to outstanding storytelling service projects. In the past, the Brimstone Award has gone to projects helping veterans, at-risk youth, people with life-threatening illnesses, and more. Projects have focused on topics as varied as youth mentoring, environmental conservation, peace in the Middle East, grief support, and community development.

The Brimstone Award Committee needs your help!
Could you be a volunteer reader? Help review initial grant applications and make a recommendation to the Brimstone Committee. (10 hour commitment, over two months, May and June, and we provide instructions on scoring the applications). You'll learn about lots of great humanitarian applications of storytelling in the process!

For more details, contact: Tim Ereneta <tim.ereneta@nationalstorytellling.net>

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This Week


Arizona Storytellers: Stories of Phoenix Coffee Culture

Thursday - April 9th

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona for a night dedicated to stories from roasters, baristas and coffee connoisseurs. We’ll hear about perfect pours, crazy customers and meaningful moments, from around the word and right here in your community.

Featured Tellers: 
Paul Haworth and Dave Arnce of Cartel Coffee and Brewery; DJ Fernandes of Mornin' Moonshine; Travis Radevski of Sip Coffee & Beer House; Virginia Senior of Urban Beans and Julia Peixoto Peters of Peixoto Coffee.
Sip Coffee & Beer House
3617 N Goldwater Rd.
Scottsdale AZ 85251 US
Sign Language Interpretation Services Available!
If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request. 

More info here

EVTOT - Guild Meeting

Saturday - April 11 ~ 10am - Noon

Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 

East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!

Hear stories - Share your story
Click here for details & info

Joyce Story at White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Joyce Story will be telling at the Nature Center of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

Joyce tells mesmerizing nature stories. They are all original, fact-based stories about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert.
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355
Saturday, April 11th, 2:00 p.m. - Tales of the Sonoran Desert
Tuesday, April 21st, 10 a.m. - White Tank Mountain Library - Owl Stories, for children
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Coming Up


Storytelling at Community Christian Church
Sunday - April 12th - 7:00 pm
David and Goliath

Join Pastor/Storyteller Doug Bland and a host of great storytellers for an evening of David and Goliath stories. Tales of the little guy (or gal) overcoming what seems to be insurmountable odds.

It's sure to be a treat (as all their concerts are) as tellers from all over the valley and from many different cultures and backgrounds tell their tales of triumph!
Check the calendar section for details

It's Something About the Shoes
Wednesday, April 15th

SMCC's Theater and Storytelling Departments are very pleased to be hosting Dustin Loehr's ground-breaking Thesis Performance, "It's Something About the Shoes." Please join us for this innovative and interactive performance that explores the connections between contemporary and traditional dance.
Although the performance begins at 7:00, plan to come early to experience the performance environment.
The performance is free and open to the public.
More info here

Arizona Storytellers: Stories of Phoenix Design
Thursday - April 16th

Join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona for a night dedicated to stories of Phoenix Design in partnership with Modern Phoenix Home Week. At the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s Stage 2 Theater, architects, home historians and designers tell stories celebrating the Valley’s vibrant architectural scene. We’ll hear stories about the meaning of “home,” designing disasters, and the spaces that define our community. 
Featured tellers: 
Diane Jacobs of Holly Street Studios
Dawn Brown of RSP Architecture
Rachel Simmons of Designstein
Austin King of Rafter House
Caroline Lobo of suoLL Architects
Wendell Burnette of Wendell Burnette Architects 
Maria Wilson, president AIA Student chapter at Arizona State University
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second Street
Scottsdale AZ 85251 US
Sign Language Interpretation Services Available!
If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request. 

More info here

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Caveat Relator (that meas STORYTELLER BEWARE - as in Caveat Emptor: Buyer Beware)

Our Friend/Colleague/Toryteller/Coach Sean Buvala has reposted some great advice for those who are thinking about entering the world of Professional Storytelling and attempting to make a living from it. (see MY caveat above). Sean's advice (and the link to a article about, "Performance Nightmares: I wish I..." is priceless!
10 Pieces of Quick, Blunt Advice for Those Who are Starting Out on the Road to New "Professional" StoryTeller-dom.
(He actually gives you a DOZEN Tips - two for free!)
1. "Professional" is about you and your ability to deliver, as a storyteller, above and beyond what your clients need. Professional is knowing what those needs are before your client knows they have them. If you call yourself "professional" just because you make money at it, stop. Always give value above and beyond what your client has paid for. Give, give, give.
2. You need a storytelling repertoire of at least twice what your client seeks. If they want 1/2 hour, then you need at least an hour. If you want to work festivals, you need at least six hours of no-repeat material and another two hours as back up...

Read the whole article here
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And Thirteen Makes a Storyteller's Dozen
In addition to Sean Buvala's twelve great tips about being/becoming a Professional Storyteller, I would like to add one more of my own. Its about Pricing and Negotiation.

When you cross over that line from free/volunteer to "There is a charge for my service." - You are taking a GIANT leap. Make no mistake, the general public doesn't understand why artists, musicians, or Storytellers should get paid. Quite often, they have not planned for any funds in their budget, and most often believe that artists should perform "for the great exposure." Trust me, (especially in Arizona) the only thng exposure gets you is sunburned.

There have been many discussions regarding how to handle asking for and negotiating a fee for your services. Here is my take on the process.

Treat our profession as any other paid product or service.

If you buy a loaf of bread, you pay the price on the tag. If you purchase an item of clothing, you pay the listed price. Sometimes, you might ask if there are any sales or discounts available. This is OK, as discounts are a way to get and retain customers. But a dress shop will rarely give you a dress for FREE, just so it can bee seen by people at your party. Rarely does the plumber offer to fix your sink for FREE, even when you say, "But everyone who comes to my house will know I hired you."

And here's a particular bias of mine: If you do ask a plumber (or any other professional) WHY their price is what it is, they almost NEVER go into a long explanation of how much their tools cost; how much gas for their truck is; that they maintain a computer system and phone system to facilitate prompt customer service; that they have insurance costs or how much it costs to rent their office space. They merely say, "This is what I charge." There is rarely an argument or negotiation.

That said, as artists we must realize that consumers have a long-held misconception that "art" should not be expensive, unless the artist is dead! Many artists believe we need to educate the public regarding all of our "costs", as outlined above, in order to convince them we need to be compensated for them. I do not.

I believe that as artists, we must educate the public to only two things: "This is what I do for a living," and, "There is value to what I do." 

So, how does one decide what to charge? How do you present that initial "offer" to the client? (My usual fee is a bazillion dollars!) How do you respond when the client says they can't pay that much? What do you do when they ask you to do it for free? 

Tune in to NEXT WEEK'S Newsletter for the answers to all of these questions (and more).

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Usually sometime during the first week of the month - but check their website) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

West Side Story Tellers - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month - GLENDALE *NO meetings in June, July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

Homebase Poetry
Last Sunday of each month - Phoenix

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Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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