I have provided narrations, voices for characters within a multimedia project, and a limited number of sound effects.
Programs for the diverse, difficult to predict audience:
For such programs I allow spiritual feedback from the audience to control the stories that are to be told.
For most of these programs I use a story bag from which the children are asked to reach in choose items which are used to tell folk tales with humor and messages for all.
My personal favorite..... I tell spiritually based, or at times, biblically based stories that reinforce spiritual principles..... Please note I am Christian "to the bone".
Black history programs, motivational programs, and thematic programs can be performed if I have a familiarity with the theme.
For the teens:
Let's face it......Not an easy audience. I taught at a high school.......I generally use a mixture of historical stories as well as motivational spoken word pieces (a little rap). A lot of what drives these programs comes from my affiliation with the National Lifers Association (Just as it sounds...a group of individuals that are incarcerated for life... They want to get a message across as to where certain types of behaviors lead). These programs are performed at times with a certain "attitude".
Typically historical or spiritually based stories are used. I am trying to incorporate some basic exercises from my days as a physical therapist into some of these programs performed within nursing homes.
For the DEAF:
I am brand new to this.....Still in school....struggling...I am always looking for assist in improving my skills in this arena.
The vast majority of stories used are African folklore. A large number of my stories are original or modified version of stories heard from other tellers....(A number of us are strongly influenced by Baba Jamal). Most of the "spiritually" based stories stem from my version of "High John the Comforter", a modified version of High John the Conqueror. (the style of the southern storyteller). I am working with a group of Native American stories as well as a new group of stories from various countries.
D J Services
We service medium to small indoor and outdoor facilities. Our music is primarily upbeat with the vast majority being contemporary gospel. We are adding a little 70's and 80's funk and we're thinking of bringing on DJ Te, (she is scheduled to graduate from Cass Tech High School this year) for the younger crowd. Our equipment gives us the ability to allow you to blue-tooth into our mixing board if you have something special you want us to stream into our mix.
Of special note, we can handle your MC needs, after all, James is a storyteller..(remember what happens when you give a storyteller a mic).
Though we are more suited for storytelling events, prayer breakfasts and events such as family reunions, we are however willing to try most things at least once. Please remember James is partnered with Jayden who has a 9:00 pm bedtime.
Check this out! The story is from Baba Jamal.
For my DEAF friends