I’ve trekked in the Andes & Alaska and moved to the Arctic by myself. I’ve taken risks for love, even though I wasn’t sure if it would work out.
Telling a story at True Stories Told Live Toronto was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done.
I’d been to TSTL several times and the storytellers are always engaging and entertaining.
At school, students fall asleep in my classes all of the time…even during gym…
The last time I tried to tell a story to my friend at the bar, she excused herself after five minutes to go to the “bathroom”…
Plus, my story was scheduled during the Toronto Storytelling Festival so I was in the line-up with Charlotte Blake Alston and Karima Armin, ACTUAL storytellers who’d traveled from out of town for the event.
Although the bar is packed for shows–I’d estimate 200+ people were in the audience for my story, it feels personal, like your at a family gathering.
It’s a fresh space for connection and intimacy in a city that can sometimes feel cold, lonely, and isolating.
Somehow, I pushed through my fear and sense of impostor syndrome and told my story. It was really fun, and while of course there are things I would change for next time, my first live story definitely went better than expected. I feel proud of myself for standing up and doing something that scared me.