Storytelling Professionally

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Whether you want to become a full time storyteller, expand your storytelling repertoire, or simply hire a storyteller, this guide is for you. Everything you want to know about the profession of storytelling can be found in the book. It will help you sell yourself as a freelance storyteller to schools, libraries, museums, festivals, and other events and organizations. It covers the importance of learning from others; how to organize your time, office, and research; and how to use brochures, business cards, press releases, flyers, mailings, showcases, performer lists, and giveaways to get bookings. She also offers advice on dealing with the competition; preparing yourself for your audience, bookers, and performance area; and problem prevention and solution. Prejudice, censorship, and other issues related to storytelling are highlighted in the final chapter, and an appendix contains How to Host a Freelance Storyteller at Your School or Library. Teachers, librarians, clowns, actors, puppeteers, homemakers, and anyone else interested in storytelling professionally will want this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563083709
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Learning to Be the Best You Can Be 1
2 Performing 14
3 Being Professional 25
4 Selling Storytelling 31
5 Becoming Known and Being Remembered 37
6 Getting Hired 54
7 Planning School Bookings 59
8 Special Projects: Workshops, Concerts, and Tapes 65
9 Money 76
10 Contracts and Agreements 83
11 Organizing Your Time, Your Office, and Your Research 88
12 Preventing and Solving Problems 96
13 When It's Your Fault and Other Problems 107
14 Only You Can Answer: Questions About Prejudice, Fear, Censorship, and Stories 114
App. A Hire the Pros: How to Host a Freelance Storyteller at Your School or Library 129
App. B: Resources 135
Index 139
About the Author 151
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