FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What's your story? Everybody's got one. Even if you've never performed on stage before we want to hear yours. Perhaps it’s a story you've told a million times. Which stories of yours have gotten the biggest reaction? What moments in your life were the most meaningful? What event made you the proudest? Or embarrassed? What are have you experienced that really impacted your life? That transformed it?
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
You can submit your story in writing or verbally. Submit your request to participate by emailing us at: FullDisclosureStorytelling@gmail.com.
Please include a summary of your story (50 words) and a short bio. Written stories should be 1200-1500 words. If you would rather pitch your story verbally, we will arrange an audition, either at the theater, or over the phone (or Skype call). Verbal stories must be under 10 minutes (not rushed).
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Stories of transformation. Stories that will excite and touch the hearts of our audience. The story should fit into the theme of the evening, but you don't have to take that too literally. An evening titled "Renovations" might be about a home improvement project, or it may be about redefining your relationship with your spouse. We approach our themes loosely, so feel free to be creative.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
If your story is accepted, you will work with our staff over a period of one month to get ready for the performance.
• Your submission is considered a first draft. You will work with one of our editors to shape you story for presentation. Expect to do some rewriting.
• You will be required to attend a one-hour rehearsal to work on your presentation. You will present your story out loud and receive notes from the director. We will also use this time to discuss any visual elements that can be worked into the presentation.
• The week before the event, there will be a full cast rehearsal at the theater. This will be your opportunity to try out your story in front of other people, and hear the other storytellers who will be appearing with you.
• The day before the event, there is a technical rehearsal where we work on staging and coordinating the technical aspects of the show. Any projections you requested to support your story will be finalized at this rehearsal.
DO YOU HAVE SOME TIPS ON CREATING A GOOD STORY?
If you want to share your story at a Full Disclosure event, consider these storytelling tips:
• Tell a story that is true from your personal point of view
• The story should be meaningful to you
• Pick a story that changed you in some way.
• Your story should have a beginning, middle, ending
• Your story should have a point
• Know what the theme of your story is, and stick to the point. Don't digress unless it supports the theme.
• Don't assume the audience knows you. Make us understand who you were when your story opens. Make us understand who you were after the incident.
• Memorize your first and last line
• Make sure there's something that grabs the audience in the first minute (or less). Open with something compelling.
• Don't feel you must tell your story in chronological order. Stories can sometime have greater impact if you start in the middle, then go back and fill in the backstory.
• Consider starting with a smaller incident that quickly leads to the main part of your story.
• Your story must be under 10 minutes, so be succinct and efficient. 1200-1500 words at most.
• Details are important. Let us relive the episode with you.
• Don’t try to be too serious or too funny. Just be yourself
• A good time to get serious is right after a laugh
• Have your story organized on paper, but don't feel compelled to read it word for word. Storytelling is an oral art - not a staged reading.
• Don’t memorize. But practice your story out loud at least 5 times.
• Consider using photographs, props or mementos if they help illustrate your story.
• Don't rush. Relax, breathe, and have a good time
• Don't try to be too literate or poetic. Be yourself. Think of how you'd tell a dear friend your story.
• Look at the people in your audience and make a connection. Enjoy the interaction.
• Check out some of the other great storytelling podcasts and websites. They are a great source of inspiration.
o The Moth - https://themoth.org/
o Mortified Nation - http://getmortified.com/
o Oral Fixation, Dallas - http://oralfixationshow.com/
o Odyssey Storytelling, Tucson - http://odysseystorytelling.com/
o The Human Library - http://humanlibrary.org/
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
• The performance will be videotaped. You must sign a release form before taping. Your video will be posted on a private webpage. The clip will be password protected, but you are free to share the link with anyone you choose.
• After each event, we feature one of our stories on our YouTube Channel. We tend to select stories that have multiple images because it makes a more visual presentation. Consider this when selecting your images.
• You will receive two complementary ticket to the event.
• On the day of the event, you must be at the theater at 6:30pm for a 7:30pm start.