January 28, 2008

Thought Leader: Rachel Hedman

Voice-- A Storyteller's Lifestyle is the blog of Utah storyteller Rachel Hedman.

While nominally a blog with practical tips and insight into the nuts and bolts of storytelling, ranging from story crafting exercises to microphone technique to room presentation, Rachel also tackles larger issues in the storytelling community, such as diversity, technology, or the "generation gap." It's clear from her regular and varied postings that she is passionate not only about storytelling but about the storytelling movement.

Whether she means to or not, by virtue of her age (she's twentysomething), her blog provides the storytelling community a window into the concerns and the opinions of the up and coming generation of storytellers... especially in regards to how the storytelling community can best welcome and embrace generational change.

Rachel also posts like clockwork: twice a month, usually on the 1st and 15th, which usually provokes me into paroxysms of panic that I'm posting too infrequently.

I'm really glad she's contributing to the discussion of where the American storytelling revival is going and what it's doing. I don't always agree with her analysis and proposed solutions, but that's precisely why I'm compelled to read her blog... to consider another viewpoint on an issue I'm also passionate about. And I'm sure that her blogging will continue to inspire and challenge me.

1 comment:

Professional Storyteller Rachel Hedman said...

Thanks for including me as a "Thought Leader". I am honored by that title--I only hope I can live up to it.

I'm glad you don't totally agree with my views on the American Storytelling Movement otherwise where would be the motivation to ponder on possibilities?

So throw some arguments to me and the rest of the storytelling community--only then can something actually progress for the movement.

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman
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