To understand what it means to be a great storyteller, we need to understand what is storytelling? It is the art of telling stories. What kind of stories? All kinds of stories, from a detective trying to solve a case to a painter trying to paint a masterpiece.
All that is good and well said, but what does it exactly mean to be a storyteller. It means to have the imagination to tell the journey of somebody from point A to point B.
Now it’s time to ask the million dollar question, where does the imagination come from?
Does it come from sitting at your laptop and staring at a blank piece of page for hours and hours? Or does it come from walking back in forth in your room trying to come up with what to say next? Or does it come from standing in your balcony looking at the outside world? Or my favorite of all, lying in your bed and trying to go to sleep but your neurons keep on clashing desperately trying to come up with new ideas and you just can’t go to sleep.
A definitive answer is not so simple or easy, because there is no definitive answer. Imagination can come from anything. It can come from me writing random words in the hope of coming up with something meaningful, it could come from me sipping my coffee and hoping to turn into Superman, it could from you listening to me and imagining you could do a much better job at storytelling or it could come from you listening to Inception’s music score and imagining yourself coming up with world changing ideas.
And that is it, world changing ideas. That is the key to you imagining something meaningful, you have to think about world changing ideas and take it from there. Now when I talk about world changing ideas, what does it mean? It doesn’t mean that you should strive to turn into the next Steven Spielberg or James Cameron or Christopher Nolan.
It means to come up with something that impacts other people’s lives in any way possible and if you’re successfully able to inspire even one person who then goes on to changing the world in the biggest way possible like Mark Zuckerberg then you’ve accomplished your mission as a great storyteller who inspired someone to drop everything and transform the world forever. And that is what it means to be a storyteller.
Me waking up in the morning, brushing my teeth, dressing up, having a cup of coffee and then going off to my 9 – 5 traditional job is a story that’s not going to inspire anybody or make anybody think about anything. But me taking off my tie, deciding to leave my pathetic job, drinking ten cups of coffee, opening my laptop, spending day and night writing a kickass screenplay so I can direct a kickass movie so I can accomplish my dream of becoming a big time Hollywood director is a story that perhaps might inspire a few dreamers out there. And again, that is what means to be a storyteller, to come up with a story that completely rips you apart and turns you inside out.
Like the story of the man who came up with the idea of this little USB. This amazing little thing just completely transformed the way data travels around the world. Now try to imagine a similar character who comes up with an idea that transforms some slow moving traditional thing into a modern fast moving digital concept. Or better yet try imagining yourself standing in front of your family and telling them the story of your own life and how it turned out to be. Now what kind of a story you want to tell them? You want to tell them how you wake up every morning and go out to build somebody else’s dream or do you want to tell them how you wake up and work to build your own dream? Whatever the answer is, that is going to give you your own concept of what it means to be a great storyteller.
On a closing not, I’m going to repeat myself from my previous vlogs. I’m a storyteller who is trying to connect with filmmakers and storytellers worldwide, so if you’re watching this vlog and if you’re a director, if you’re a producer, if you have a team, if you have the resources or you can put together the resources and if you’re genuinely interested in making short films and then moving on to doing much bigger things together, then I’m genuinely interested in providing a story and a screenplay for you to work with. Simply get in touch with me through the comments section below and I would love to have you subscribe to my channel where I release vlogs about storytelling every Tuesday.
So, in the hopes of connecting with storytellers and filmmaker worldwide, this is Mr. Zeecon, in the making of a great story.
I would love to hear it from you guys in the comments about what it means for you to be a great storyteller or what it means to be a great storyteller in general. Whatever your perception is, I would love to hear it and understand it.