A Bachelors in History,
A Masters in Storytelling...
"Shortly after graduating from university in Chicago, I began working in a local bar. Located on the north side of the city next to the railroad tracks, it was a real seedy dump. The ceilings always leaked, the booths were torn up, but there were still plenty of people to keep them full. My clientele of regulars consisted of people who had lived in the neighborhood all their lives, professionals from downtown, and the recently retired who just wanted to get out of the house.
While tending bar a considerable amount of my time was spent hearing their stories. Celebrity encounters, childhood adventures, tales of fighting off 40 thieves, I heard it all. After several months of listening attentively, I realized that I had heard them tell each other the same stories over and over, and that each time the story changed, if only ever so slightly. While my other coworkers largely tuned them out, only chiming in with an occasional "uh huh?" and "oh really!", I started listening carefully to spot what had changed with every retelling.
This repetition and honing allowed what was an interesting story at best to become a back-alley odyssey. By listening to each story as it was changed, I learned what was truly important to the art of storytelling.
Now I apply that knowledge that was taught to me by the modern day orators and master storytellers of Edgewater to my professional work. In preproduction, I tell each story over and over until I have it honed down.
With every story and every telling, I want to bring my viewers to the edge of their seat and the edge of their soul, just as my dear friends from the neighborhood still do every day. "