Miyo’s Tsubuyaki

I may be quiet, but my mind is a chatter box.

Do What You Love and Success Will Follow!

Do What You Love and Success Will Follow!

“You were finally present in your story. Congratulations!” A director, who has observed my work for a little over a year, gave me a big hug for the first time after my performance. It will soon be five years since I joined StoryMasters. I haven’t looked back since...

Make the Most of Every Opportunity!

Make the Most of Every Opportunity!

One night, Eric went to see a standup show in Hollywood. After a couple of enjoyable comedians, another comedian appeared to the stage and started telling jokes, which ruined Eric’s supposed-to-be-a-fun night completely. This comedian’s jokes were dreadful. Eric hated...

I and It: Where Are We Heading?

I and It: Where Are We Heading?

I've been paying attention to Artificial Intelligence (AI) for some time now. At first, it was a harmless and entertaining existence. Now as it becomes smarter, it could pose a serious threat, especially to us, writers. A couple of years ago, it was already fooling us...

Going Back to a Beginner’s Spirit

Going Back to a Beginner’s Spirit

Do you remember your first time when you spoke in public, took a big task, or started a job?  Were you so nervous that you felt sick? Did you review what you were supposed to do over and over, hoping you wouldn’t mess things up? After the first time, did you reflect...

What Makes You Smile?

What Makes You Smile?

“It takes someone of taste to realize how much words of support and encouragement mean to those on the receiving end.” ~ Jacqueline Kennedy The other day, I ordered audio books online. (Why audio books? That’s another story.) I felt ripped off when I found that they...

Storytelling vs Lecturing

Storytelling vs Lecturing

Are you telling a story or lecturing us? That question hit me hard. It was the question that my teacher asked me when I practiced my story. The other day, I wrote about “how you say it.” When actors read my script out loud, the audience reacted differently because how...

Practice Is A Science

Practice Is A Science

How many times do you practice before telling a story in public? I think that I practice storytelling more than most people because English is not my first language. Knowing words doesn’t mean that I can pronounce them properly. American pronunciation and intonation...

Ichigo-Ichie (一期一会)

Ichigo-Ichie (一期一会)

While I was listening to Barbara H. Clark’s talking about connection at her sold-out storytelling concert, the Japanese proverb came to my mind. The term originated with traditional Japanese tea ceremony, back to the 16th century. Great attention should be given to a...

How You Say It vs What You Say It

How You Say It vs What You Say It

Is “how you say it” more important than “what you say”? That’s what I’ve been wondering lately. The other day, I had the privilege of having actors work on my story. I was amused to see how the audience reacted differently when actors read it out loud. Some lines even...