I want to use my skills as a storyteller to start my own business. I was thinking of starting out by oral storytelling in libraries, day nurseries and at children's parties. Has anyone successfully done this? Any advice re. Networking, usual rates etc. will be gratefully received.
I have always been interested in stories and oral storytelling (as opposed to reading out books). Working at a day nursery I frequently get praise for my storytelling, from colleagues, parents and DCs. I decided to take something I love doing, and am good at, and see if people will pay me to do it. Early days yet, but the buzz is good already, I have a good network set up for when my notice is over at my day job. The usual response when I tell people is "that's the perfect job for you" and "you could tell stories at X place, I know someone you can contact" It may not be lucrative, but it will definitely be fun. I am only starting this venture as DH earns enough for day to day costs. My story money can go back into building the business, or be used for family extras.