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College Big Cats: Tracking and Capturing Gigs


College Big Cats: Tracking and Capturing Gigs

Anyone could jump into the college jungle without a map, but the survival rate goes down and “starving artist” takes on a whole new meaning. Learn the Jungle Laws to connect with the 18-35-year-olds.

Members: 70
Latest Activity: Dec 1, 2012

This group will focus on the Jungle Laws to connect with college venues--
1. Finding a Path in the Jungle means Survival

Artistic Mission Statements

2. A Lion called by another name is still a Lion

Other Names for Storyteller and Storytelling

3. To find the Cheetah, first find the Gazelle

Typical College Atmosphere Across the Nation

4. Seeing Spots and seeing a Leopard could mean the same thing

Individual Campuses

5. A lone Lion is always Hungry

Partnerships for the Storyteller

6. If you stand by the Waterhole long enough, the Big Cats will come

Pitches and Dialogues

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Discussion Forum

"A World of Storytelling" Radio Station

Does this count as a resource you can use?  The world's first 24/7/365 Internet Radio Station for Storytellers.  You can be on the radio, you can have equal footing, you can point your friends and…Continue

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Aug 18, 2011.

World Wide List of Storytelling Courses 5 Replies

Hi,Ok, I'll try it this way. I wrote a blog post about the list. It was updated over the weekend. If you teach courses in oral traditions, know people who teach courses, know places where courses are…Continue

Tags: ed, courses, in, storytelling, higher

Started by Millie Jackson. Last reply by Marilyn McPhie Aug 15, 2010.

Marketing calendar for college market 1 Reply

There are high and low times in every business market. What are the best times to approach departments about a storytelling program?

Started by Rivka Willick. Last reply by Carolyn Stearns Jul 28, 2008.

What podcasts/videos could help us learn how to reach the 18-35-year-olds? 1 Reply

If you know of any podcasts or videos that could build our understanding of the 18-35-year-olds, please reply to this discussion.

Tags: podcast, college, video, outreach

Started by Rachel Hedman. Last reply by Rachel Hedman Jun 3, 2008.

Jungle Law 3--Typical College Atmosphere Across Nation 1 Reply

For any kind of storytelling gig, it is always best to know your audience. What have you done to research the 18-35-year-old crowd? What resources have you found that help quicken the search?

Tags: 3, jungle, college, atmopshere, nation

Started by Rachel Hedman. Last reply by Rachel Hedman Apr 29, 2008.

Who ya gonna call? 1 Reply

Who, on the college campus, is a good initial contact?On several occasions I've been invited to perform at the university that's just up the street from my house, and it's been a great success. Thing…Continue

Tags: university, community, college, contact, promo

Started by megan hicks. Last reply by Rachel Hedman Apr 10, 2008.

College Presentation 3 Replies

I spend several hours at Beacon College in Leesburg Florida. The professor had invited me to tell trickster stories and to explain them to a class. Beacon College is a college dedicated to students…Continue

Tags: tell, a, trickster, college, in

Started by Ann Scroggie. Last reply by Nick Smith Apr 7, 2008.

Advertising to attract 18-35-year-olds 1 Reply

What advertising ways have you found to be most effective to reach the 18-35-year-olds? What ways did not work at all and you wish to warn everyone?Continue

Tags: attract, advertising, 18-35-year-olds, warn, effective

Started by Rachel Hedman. Last reply by Rachel Hedman Apr 4, 2008.

Jungle Law 1--Artistic Mission Statement 7 Replies

When was the last time you updated your artistic mission statement? Or have you yet to create one?

Tags: 1, statement, jungle, law, artistic

Started by Rachel Hedman. Last reply by Rivka Willick Apr 1, 2008.

Jungle Law 2--A Lion called by another name is still a Lion 1 Reply

I assume you have heard, "I thought storytelling was an old lady reading books to kids."With that in mind, have you experimented using other words in place of "storyteller" and "storytelling" to open…Continue

Tags: storyteller, jungle, experiment, name, law

Started by Rachel Hedman. Last reply by Rivka Willick Mar 7, 2008.

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Comment by Giles Abbott on December 1, 2012 at 9:22am

Storytelling Advent Calendar!  Would you like a new episode of a Christmas story for every day of Advent?  I have recorded three beautiful Christmas stories and you can hear them on your phone!  Just call (UK) 08448446446 or text BABEL ADVENT to 60777 to receive free updates.  All stories are suitable for children and adults.  Have a wonderful Advent!  Giles :{~

Comment by Kathy Price on September 22, 2010 at 12:45am
Thats great! Summer Reading a such a wonderful venue
Comment by Christi U. on September 21, 2010 at 8:35am
Kathy Price asked: "Just wondering is anyone working promotional for 2011..and along theme of the month Women's History Month..National Poetry month etc".

I'm doing a couple of gigs for the Summer Reading Program which has the theme of "International Tales" in Tennessee.
Comment by Glenda Bonin on November 29, 2008 at 11:14am
I have had the pleasure to address college groups on several occasions, and I have found these groups to be absolutely wonderful. From the standpoint of higher education, storytelling can be included in many different areas of study. I have presented to students in English, Journalism, Writing and Speech/Communication classes as well as to folks just wanting to learn more about Storytelling. For me, the best part of presenting in a college setting is the thought process I go through to identify ways to best engage thoughtful young adults and make each presentation meaningful.

From my experience, it is not easy to find gigs in colleges. My first college job came about from being listed as an artist on a state roster. The second one came from someone who knew my work and who believed I had something to offer in this setting. I have considered marketing to this group of presenters, but quite frankly I don't know where to start.

I look forward to hearing from others in the group about how they found gigs and what they learned during their college presentations.
Comment by Mike Lockett on November 15, 2008 at 12:46pm
Thanks to Buck Creasy for again leading the way - I kept looking at a little box that mentioned invites... and I was curious to learn who was inviting who to what? Then Buck's note reached out and slapped me across the face and opened my eyes to the fact that the invites were for me to join with others in a couple of groups that I had been looking at from a distance. Duh!

Keep your suggestions flowing, folks. It takes time sometimes for some of old guys to figure out what's going on around them.
Mike Lockett
Comment by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on September 30, 2008 at 6:59pm
Hello Everyone;

Please check your freindship request and either accept them or reject them. But please don't let them sit idle. If one hundred people do that, if keeps others from making new friends. Just go to your friends tabs, the little silloettes at the top right of your page, under your name and click it. I expect if you haven't found it by now... you may have many pending new friends.

Just a tip.
Comment by Millie Jackson on April 29, 2008 at 7:23pm
Rachel asked me to post the World Wide list of storytelling courses here but I have to figure out how to do it. In the meantime, it's on my page under my blog.

Comment by Ramona King on April 29, 2008 at 11:42am
Oooops! I seemed to have gone to the wrong "click" for joining in the discussion. I'm still learning how to do this. I believe I'm getting the hang of it. Ignore my registration for the Big Cats Course --which is fabulous--as I've taken it already. I continue to learn from the vast materials Rachel shared with us. How inspiring and wonderful. I presented for a college theater class a few weeks ago. It was alot of fun. I like working with this population. I look forward to more opportunities.
Comment by Barbara Chamberlain on April 6, 2008 at 8:43pm
Dear Rachel, Thanks for these specific pointers. I never thought about a mission statement so will work on that. I am a a little old lady and that is hard to disguise. to be creative and reach students in their own language I have created a Chrismas rap bit to add to my Mrs. Claus performance. Well, why not. Love, Barbara
Comment by Pam Holcomb on April 5, 2008 at 10:16am
Thank you for the invitation to join this group. I look foward participating in the discussions posted here.

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