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Lisa Hicks
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  • Birmingham, AL
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Professional Storyteller is a network for people who work in the field of oral storytelling. Please write a brief paragraph about your work.
My specialties are participation stories, humor and folk tales.

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Need Input about Business Licenses for Storytellers ASAP!

I tell in a lot of cities and counties. Today I got a letter from a city asking if I had a license to conduct business in that city. Surely I can't be required to get a business license in every single city and county? I'd go broke! I'm not making much as it is. I'm looking at taking on another job now because I'm not making much. Does anyone have any information about this? Please share! What do you do? Thanks for any input!

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 11:30pm — 8 Comments

Summer 2009 Be Creative!

I'm already thinking of programming ideas for this theme, how about you?

I'm also preparing to kick off my fall season in two weeks. I've decided to let customer requests direct my themes for the moment.

At the moment I'm preparing, Farm stores and Thomas the Tank Engine stories. If you have any great ideas for these themes please share them with me! I'm always looking for new stories.

Meanwhile my book clubs are going great! This month we read a wonderful Teen… Continue

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 2:32pm — 2 Comments

What are some great year long storytelling themes?

I'm trying to brainstorm some.

Perhaps I'm just a bit creatively drained from Summer Reading, Vacation Bible School and Camp telling but I'm having some difficulty coming with with an overall Sept-May theme to play off of.

In the past, I've used Around the World, Holidays, School Curriculum tie in themes, and random themes assigned to me.

I really enjoy having a bigger theme to work off of though I'm having trouble putting one into words at the moment. So any… Continue

Posted on July 18, 2008 at 12:07am — 4 Comments

Difficult Client : Theme Help?

All of my other clients are thrilled at what I do. Last year I did stories from around the world and we were going to continue this year.

One of my clients used to be a teacher. She is now in charge of a library. She doesn't like going around the world in story. It seems to scare her.

She doesn't like me doing anything but old traditional stories.

When she mentions a specific story she'd like me to do, such as The Gingerbread Man, it usually turns out I've done… Continue

Posted on July 16, 2008 at 12:30am — 15 Comments

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At 1:13pm on April 25, 2008, Tom Taylor said…
Yeah, and I remember thinking that very same thing the first time I read it! (that it - the process - was surprisingly daunting)

"Those smiles, laughs, applause and hugs just do it for me." - and so they should, ideally, for all of us - you are, indeed, fortunate/blessed that it is so.

I'll check the blog this weekend ~

Do I enjoy TEACHING high school students? Yes.

Do I enjoy all that now goes with it? NO!

When I'm fortunate enough to have students, I love teaching theatre/speech/English - when I have no "students," I don't wanna be there.

Am I counting the days? Well . . . . . . . . (27)

Have a great weekend and, yeah, by all means, congratulate your daughter on her website skills!


Tom T
At 6:05am on April 24, 2008, Tom Taylor said…

Turns out that I read your article on quite a while ago, long before the arrival of PS.ning; as I reread it this morning, it all came back to me. I especially enjoyed the rather involved audition process, but am glad that it all worked out well for you.

I'll be heading over to your blog sometime later today to check it out; hopefully, you share a bit there about your storytelling business - is what you do the "standard" approach of (1) I am a storyteller,
(2) Looking for a storyteller? (3) Here I am, hire me! - or is it something other than that?

Best get ready for my half-day of 'teaching' high school kids (29 days and counting!) -

More later,

At 5:47pm on April 23, 2008, Tom Taylor said…
Hi, Lisa -

My apologies, but I 'missed' you the first time through. When I first joined, I decided I wanted to try to greet as many folks as possible as they came aboard - sometimes I got it right, sometimes I didn't.

Just visited your site, read a bit about you, and you seem to be a very industrious, very focused and very fruitful storyteller!

I'm curious as to just how this all began for you; in fact, I'm still trying to discern how it happened to/for me! (but that's another story...)

I hope things are going well for you, that you're staying busy doing what you love, and that the folks are responding appreciatively to your work.

I'd very much appreciate your keeping me posted from time to time on your activities, goals, projects, etc. (do you have an e-newsletter or some such?)

Anyway, just wanted to offer my belated greetings, introduce myself, and wish you continued fulfillment and success ~


Tom Taylor (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
At 4:29pm on March 11, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
I appreciate an Artist when I see one.

At 12:44am on March 11, 2008, Rachel Hedman said…
Dear Lisa:

How often do you teach storytelling? Of course, this could mean workshops for venues, though it seems like you teach a course or unit of some kind.

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman
At 12:16am on March 11, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
Hey Lisa

I went to your website and I am impressed... I like the idea that you never repeat a story at a venue for at least two years. That is a good idea. I am also interested in your work with Seniors. Perhaps you could start a discussion in one of the groups like Marketing to help people build a local base of business.

I am glad you are here. Welcome




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