The last few weeks on Instagram my friends have been tagged and shared 5 random things about themselves. Mine is in the picture above. It is amazing what you can learn writing the first 5 random things that come into you head.
Some of my friends got very serious about the most important things in their life or kept it in a professional tone. Others took it as a joke and wrote crazy things (some that made no sense, yes I am talking about you Simone) and others had a combination of these. I think I was a combination of all three. My first one was about my sister. The second was a personal thing I very rarely share with people. The next two were personal, but also about my business too. The last one was written from frustration of the fact that my writing has gotten so sloppy that no one can read it anymore and I had to change how I wanted to shared this on instagram.
However I thought is was a great way to share a piece of your story. Since our business is all about creating stories, I found this extremely insightful. So I am putting it out to all who read this to share their story. If you were tagged in this, what five things did you share. If I tagged you right now what 5 things would you share about yourself? Please share below.
We don’t have kids ourselves, but my sister and I have made a number of videos with my brother’s kids as they are growing up. We were the cool aunts who showed them how they could make their stories become real. Our first attempt at creating a story with them was at a princess party we held in their honor. We set up the green screen and filmed them in front of it. A month later we presented them with this story:
Next my middle niece Zoe decided she wanted to take a story she had written and create a movie. She did not want to be in it, but she convinced her sisters and her sisters friend to star in the show. She directed it, and narrated it, I served as the camera person and my sister edited this one:
A few years later our youngest niece Sophia wanted to do her own video. She loved to watch the cooking channel and she wanted to make her own cooking show. Mind you she made her cupcakes from a box…but you have to start somewhere. This is what we made with her:
What this did for our nieces is help them to see there is no limit to what their imagination can do. Zoe and Sophia are a little older and we have taught them how to edit their own films. But they enjoy looking back at these films and remember the good times we had making them.
Maybe you are not great in your editing skills, but if you have a video camera, a digital camera or even a smart phone you can film your kids telling their stories and then send them to Tears of Joy Video to create their stories. Inspire their imagination. http://tearsofjoyvideo.com
What ways have you used to inspire your children’s imagination?
The best storyteller in my life was my mom. My mom was handicapped, but as her body broke down around her, her mind was as sharp as a tack. She had a way with words that made everyday occurrences seem like major events, and she had a memory (which she passed on to me) that she could remember things far back in her life with deep detail. My sister and I used to go sit on her bed and ask her to tell us stories of her life. We had heard these before, but we never tired of hearing them over and over again. I can repeat these stories in detail like my mom, and have past them on, but no one could tell them like her. For certain stories she even changed her voice for the characters, and she did the facial expressions of the person of the event she was relating. When I relate the stories-some of the story is lost. We lost that with my mom’s death.
Storytelling is an art. Some are writers. Some cannot write, like my mom (there were no home computers when she was alive-and her disease caused her not to be able to write-even her signature was hard), but they have a great way of telling a story. If our video business was around when my mom was alive, I know I would of forced her to tell those stories on camera. But now the way she told those stories is lost forever.
I believe my mom’s story telling was passed on to my sister and me through our talent of creating video montages. Now with our video business we cannot only create our own stories, but we can help our customers create their stories. When we capture their story with their pictures and video, many times they come back to us and say it was much better than they ever expected. Yes, they cry “Tears of Joy”! It is rewarding to know we have captured their family stories, their memories-and now they can have them forever. We know from personal experience what that means.
These stories don’t have to be of some spectacular event. Like my mom, your best stories are lying in your own personal experiences that happen to you everyday. Sharing your feelings and then your solutions or the lessons you learned from the situation.
Check out our site. http://tearsofjoyvideo.com/Biography-Interview-Packages.html. If you live in the San Diego area we can interview you on camera and add your stories in with your pictures and video. Outside of San Diego, we have do-it-yourself instructions on how to capture your stories with something as simple as an Iphone or digital camera and then add that to your video.
We would love to hear your story. As our tag line says: Everyone has a story…What’s yours? Who was your favorite storyteller?