A few weeks ago, I was part of a team who launched a brand new festival in the town I live in. If you are a writer or supporter of the arts, too often we feel that we work in isolation. That those around us won’t understand the drive to create. That you have no outlets to connect your work in a meaningful way to others.
When we think of “engaging an audience” around creative work, we default to social media. We think that to share one’s work, or to organize people around an idea, it has to “go viral online.”
Today’s post is about tapping into the incredible potential that surrounds you, exactly where you are right now. I want to encourage you to — for a moment — forget about the web, and consider what you can do to share your work, and support other artists wherever you live. On tap for this post:
- The specific value that was created by running a local event celebrating the arts.
- How you can do this in your town.
- What I learned helping to organizing a festival with 4 stages, 20+ sessions, and 30+ speakers; plus: what I would do differently next time.
- Our initial plan for the festival: “I’m helping to organize a festival for storytellers“
- Reflections on the vision: “What does it mean to be a storyteller?“
In this context, I am not thinking of story as a product you can buy, but rather, a human experience that you create. The way that we — as individuals — connect to a larger narrative; to broaden our understanding; to connect more meaningfully with others.
I was watching an interview with Quentin Tarantino this week, and he described what he feels is missing from most films: STORY. He said that too often, a movie is about a situation. But a story is different. A story UNFOLDS. Not a quick left turn or right turn, but rather, an unfolding that leaves you unable to look away.
If you are a writer or creative professional wondering how your life can be infused with the arts wherever you are, I encourage you to embrace this as a story that unfolds around you — and that you are the one who can craft that experience for others.
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