As Listen To Your Mother gains buzz with auditions approaching across the US, I wanted to learn more myself, and educate bloggers who are interested in telling their stories out loud and/or, in listening to others tell their stories. I decided to take it one level further by also exploring other speaking opportunities for bloggers to share their stories, including structured shows like The Moth and even making your own opportunities.
Our first guest is Alexandra Rosas, who blogs at Good Day Regular People. She has read her work aloud and told her stories for BlogHer’s Voice of The Year, via conference speaking, and Listen To Your Mother as well as her local NPR station. Alexandra is also the producer and director for her local Listen To Your Mother show, and Milwaukee GrandSLAM storytelling champion for The Moth.
Our second guest is Carisa Miller, a writer (CarisaMiller.com) and humorist, living in Portland Oregon, where she is going to direct her second year of the local Listen To Your Mother show.
Don’t think you are cut out to tell your story out loud? Give us a listen and see if we can’t change your mind.
The interviews include
- Alexandra Rosas’ FIRST TIME READING HER WORK ALOUD at BlogHer
- How READING YOUR WRITING ALOUD IS SO DIFFERENT than someone else reading it online
- HOW IT FEELS TO AUDITION for Listen To Your Mother and why it’s WORTH A LONG DRIVE if you don’t have one in your backyard
- Why not to let FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING hold you back
- Alexandra’s TIPS FOR AUDITIONING for Listen To Your Mother and how it CHANGED HER LIFE
- Alexandra’s plan for PITCHING YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC RADIO and why it’s important to BE PREPARED and TIMELY
- Information about how and when to PITCH YOUR LIVE STORYTELLING TO THE MOTH including WHICH CELEBRITY ALEXANDRA HAD QUAIL EGGS WITH as a result of her participation
- How Alexandra landed MANY OTHER SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES
- Details from Carisa Miller about WHO CAN AUDITION and HOW TO AUDITION for Listen To Your Mother
- Whether you can AUDITION FOR MORE THAN ONE SHOW and/or IN SUCCESSIVE YEARS
- Answers about the TYPE OF PIECE you should audition with/read for the show including TOPIC, LENGTH and more
- How the Listen To Your Mother shows are CAST and HOW MANY CAST MEMBERS are selected in each city
- Carisa’s TIPS FOR AUDITIONING for Listen To Your Mother
- Why Auditioning for Listen To Your Mother is such a GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR BLOGGERS
- Carisa’s MAIN TAKEAWAY from being involved in Listen To Your Mother
- Why BEING AN AUDIENCE MEMBER for a Listen To Your Mother show is an amazing experience and HELPS YOUR COMMUNITY
- Good Day Regular People
- The Pioneer Woman
- BlogHer Voices Of The Year (VOTY)
- Alexandra’s BlogHer Voice of The Year piece: When Someone You Love Has A Blog
- Alexandra’s first reading at Listen To Your Mother: The Reach of a Small Moment
- Sample of Alexandra’s readings on local public radio (WUWM, Lake Effect): We Don’t Eat Peacocks, Magic Memory and Fred and Me
- Pitch Information for The Moth
- Alexandra’s story for The Moth: “The Candy Bar”
- Listen To Your Mother Local Show Information
- Listen To Your Mother Youtube Channel
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