When people ask me how to get booked for storytelling shows, I always suggest they attend one of my shows so I can introduce them to the producers. Building rapport is crucial, just like in any other field. A personal hello to the producers is a nice gesture before asking for any favors.

Opportunities don’t happen overnight.

Miyo telling a story at the It's Funny Now

When I started my storytelling journey, I struggled to get booked for the first few years. I attended as many shows as I could, but promoting myself to strangers was challenging for me as an extremely introverted person. Despite my efforts, my attendance didn’t lead to any opportunities. I even took workshops to participate in “class showcases” and gain some stage time, but still, nothing came of it.

Something happened when Roz Browne, a hilarious comedian and delightful storyteller, introduced me to the show producers at Shoot ‘Em Up (a fascinating show, now sadly defunct). A few months later, they booked me for their show. Roz also introduced me to Rob Watzke, the producer of Turbine Arts Collective, which continues to produce interesting shows and workshops. Gradually, I gained exposure to other shows, thanks in part to Ashton Cynthia Clarke, who also helped me connect with new opportunities. I am profoundly thankful to those who opened doors for me at the start of my storytelling journey.

Miyo at the Crow

Another benefit of attending a show before asking for a spot is that you can gauge the chemistry. Each show has its own style and audience. My favorite show may not be your favorite. Participation is a two-way street. Even if you have a fantastic story, it may not be the right fit for the show. For example, my clean comedy doesn’t resonate with an audience expecting more vulgar content. So, don’t take it personally if you get a “no.” It could be due to chemistry, timing, or other unexpected circumstances. Just appreciate their time and move on. You never know when you might need to work with them in the future.

Now, with a growing community, I regularly get stage time. I’m grateful for everybody—those who have supported my journey by attending my shows, sharing their feedback, and opening doors to exciting possibilities.

Start your journey and build your community. Let me know how I can help you along the way.

 

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