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Mary Rayer's Top Ten TMAS Stories of 2018

Mary Rayer's Top Ten TMAS Stories of 2018

From our Fall 2018 intern Mary Rayer:

It’s hard to believe my time at Tell Me A Story is ending. One of my favorite parts of this internship was helping at the live show (shout out to Shot Tower Coffee, you’re all wonderful!) Thank you to everyone I met in the community for being so kind and welcoming. In closing, here are my top 10 stories (in alphabetical order) from 2018, including some of my favorite quotes and random commentary.   

The Truth is Funny

The Truth is Funny

When I first started telling stories on stage, I thought that what I was doing was doing stand-up comedy. I would perform on comedy nights, with other comedians, and people would laugh at what I said. But my material had a different rhythm to it. I wasn’t out there just to get a laugh every few seconds, I was sharing things from my life that I could now look back on and laugh at (and with). And the payoff for the audience — who would still laugh, repeatedly, along the way — was a complete story, that they could connect to, relate to, and feel joy from. 

How To Lead By Being Yourself

 How To Lead By Being Yourself

One of my favorite things to do, when I’m at a conference or event, is to observe the people who are presenting. Sometimes they are referred to as “thought leaders” or “keynote speakers” or “esteemed guests”. Sometimes they are famous… or infamous. When this person is introduced - they are hyped up by the person who is hosting. There is a long list of credits, accolades, and other intimidating factors. All of this build up raises my expectations to extreme heights and I assume their presentation will knock me to the floor.  This is an expert, they will inspire. Ultimately I’ll leave not only learning something new from them, but learning something new about myself. (#fitspiration, am I right?)

Top Ten TMAS Stories of 2016

Top Ten TMAS Stories of 2016

Wow, 2016 flew by. It's hard to believe that we produced six Tell Me A Story live shows at Shot Tower Coffee, three Fibber shows with Good Good Comedy and a special event Tell Me A Story at Arden Theatre Company. It was truly hard to choose our favorite stories from 2016. But we did it.

In no particular order, here is our Top Ten storytelling moments of 2016:

On listening.

On listening.

It’s been two weeks since the Presidential election and there’s still a lot to process. No matter what side of the political spectrum you’re on, there’s a ton to be angry about. Life is confusing right now. And stressful. There is a lot of social media uproar, and digital freaking out. There are protests and community gatherings. There’s also a lot of people that don’t know how to leave their house and face the day. It’s overwhelming. 

Networking Stories

Networking Stories

I used to be terrified of going to formal networking events. I never felt like I had the right outfit; I wasn’t confident when talking about what it is that I do for a living; and the idea of having to stand alone at any point during the evening would overpower my thoughts and I’d become too scared to go. 

Tell Me A Story at #BullCon15

Tell Me A Story at #BullCon15

Back in 2013, I attended the first ever Bullish Conference in Miami, Florida. The website described the weekend as “a powerful summit for aspiring entrepreneurs, experts, and gentlewomen.” This conference was founded by Jennifer Dziura, the creator of Get Bullish. I found Jen’s articles at a time when I was torn between looking for a full time job in a field that I could care less about and committing to my career as a freelance teaching artist and performer.