In my humble opinion demo CDs and DVDs are not necessary anymore. Especially DVDs unless you have loads of bucks burning holes in your pockets. A dvd without good graphics will not be taken seriously. You cannot even give such an item away to libraries. Few people will accept a CD to put in their computers from a stranger ( thinking cold call here). Most commercial festivals insist on a sonicbids account to apply. People will not take attachments in their emails either. The way around this is to post your work on the web. When prospective presenters see your posted materials they may request more. An email with links like the ones in this post is the best. If they do request more, simple demo CDs are easier than ever to make on your home computer.
A much better "investment" than an expensively produced DVD is a free youtube channel http://youtube.com/ and a sonicbids membership. http://www.sonicbids.com. These create web presence and are worth weight in gold ( of course they do not actually weigh anything ). They allow perspective presenters to see your work - As for audio on the web, You are already on storybee.org, yes?
And iTales.com ?
As for youtube, you must have acesss to or own a digital video camera - mine is fine and cost under $300. It is a Canon zr800 and uses DV tape and down loads right into my computer via fire wire. You must have an up to date computer and software to do simple edits of your video. You must have a high speed internet access or a fave cafe where you can bring your laptop and use their wifi. This is what I did when I started with video on the web last year. I sat in Toscaninis in Cambridge where I edited and uploaded some clips of my live performances. The easiest and cheapest way to keep all this together is a blog. A free mini-website. In this way we can have complete and flexible control over your material and the ability to add and subtract to your web presence with a few keystrokes.
Yeah, well, I must admit that your site is the first I've encountered w/ that "Type the letters you see"
(in the magic box) thing; I did, but was rejected, so decided that 'letters' also meant 'numerals,' so included those, and was "accepted" to communicate w/ you...so it SHOULD be there. If not, lemme know and I'll try again -
I still have your tape, and am still trying to find a machine that will enable me to properly hear all of it; I played it at work the week I received it, but had a very tough time understanding much of it.
Since we met, I retired from the classroom, won the Texas Storytelling Assn's first Lone Star Liars Contest w/ the same tale you heard in NYC, had not one, but two surgeries, have extended my foray into the wilds of storytelling, and am in the process of producing a CD.
I think you'll truly enjoy this site - a wonderful mix of folks, styles, perspectives, etc. - it's a real treat.
So glad you've become a part of the mix. Hope things are going well with you.
I apologize for sort of 'dropping off the face of the earth,' last spring, but had some problems making the retirement thing work, then surgery #1, 3 mos. rehab; surgery #2, 4 mos. and counting, and now I'm teaching again!!! (seemed like a good idea at the time .. .. how many days 'til June 5?)
Anyway, welcome (again) - and my best wishes to you and for you,