vocalo storytelling

Brittney Leeanne Williams - Vocalo Storytelling Workshop Winter 2016

1.       Why did you become a Vocalo Storyteller?

My interests were peaked with the Vocalo Storyteller program because I have such a deep love and investment in storytelling as a craft/media art form. Because of that, I wanted to learn the tools to create my own stories as well as gain knowledge in podcasting.

2.       Your piece in two lines.

Interviewing Black artists that are in her community, Brittney Leeanne Williams speaks to curator Janice Bond and artist Hebru Brantley. Looking at the journey of their careers, Williams inspects how they’ve evolved and grown into creative giants.

3.       Why did you tell this story?

Because I’m an artist, I wanted to learn and listen as much as Vocalo listeners. As they listen and take heed to Bond and Brantley, I too am soaking up their creative wisdom. My project ended up being for the Vocalo listeners as much as for myself.

4.       How are you a better storyteller and producer?

Learning the programs and equipment was a major portion of my education at Vocalo Storyteller. In addition to that, I really learned how to write a linear script that takes listeners on a journey.  

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No mames, I'm a storyteller!

Well, maybe not yet but I’m on my way. Big ups and appreciation to Vocalo for the hookle (that’s New Mexican slang for hook-up) on the storytelling workshop. I spent the weekend mesmerized/obsessed with my recorder. Caught some pretty embarrassing moments. Can’t wait to share.      

Elisa Shoenberger - Vocalo Storytelling Workshop Winter 2016

1. Why did you become a Vocalo Storyteller?
I wanted to learn how to have better interviews and learn how to produce a piece. I have over 50 interviews of women in the arts in Chicago already recorded for my oral history project and I wanted to learn what I could do with all that tape.

2. Your piece in two lines.
I interview three women artists, Nora Moore Lloyd, Carron Little, and Meida Teresa McNeal, about their community focused work here in Chicago. Each woman does important art with society in very different ways.  

3. Why did you tell this story?
It’s not a story that’s often told. Women are doing incredible work here in Chicago and I want to make sure that their amazing contributions to art and society are known.

4. How are you a better storyteller and producer?
I have learned how to get better tape through better recording techniques. I have also learned how important it is to keep rolling, to get those unexpected moments. I’ve also learned to think about sound opportunities, like recording someone while they show you their camera or review an album with them, in order to help a story come alive. I’ve learned how to write a good radio script to help tie the piece together. Finally, I’ve learned how to think of the piece as a whole in order to tell the story.

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