When I read Joe Berkowitz’s article, “How To Tell A Story—Right Now—From A Master Of Improv”, I was immediately reminded of my Drama classes I took in high school. We would have these improv games every once in a while and I would always be terrible because I would try to think of the funniest things to do. I understand what he means by saying that the audience can tell when someone isn’t being truthful with their story. I can usually tell when someone is lying about a story. This is very important to our class because multimedia is all about telling a story. Our stories have to be genuine to the memories of our subjects and must be adapted faithfully. Also, focusing on what makes the story/memory interesting is crucial in order to keep the audience engaged. This also shows that picking the right subject (both person and topic) is crucial to a story’s success. I think now instead of looking for a specific type of story, I’ll broaden my search and look with an open mind.
Telling stories is something I’ve loved to do since I was a child. In elementary school, I had a very active imagination and would love to be the center of attention. I wasn’t an attention whore or anything like that, but I did crave the spotlight. I would do impressions of teachers and reenact stories I’d written that included my peers. Most of these stories were like horror movies, depicting me and my classmates outwitting murderous killers and surviving ravenous mutant sharks. However, as I increased in age and decreased in self confidence, I gave up on writing and performing. I’m hoping that multimedia can offer an outlet to reignite my passion of telling stories. I still don’t know what I want to do for my career, but I’m thinking multimedia might be the way to go (especially since so many communications jobs require multimedia experience). I’m also very excited to learn how to edit audio and video!