Full time gig: Writer
Why did you join the Vocalo storytelling workshops?
I wanted to have an opportunity to tell the story of an issue that’s directly affecting communities today using a medium I had minimal experience with.
Your piece in 20 seconds:
Communities in Chicagoland are encouraging people to occupy foreclosed homes and building a campaign based on the idea that housing is a human right.
Why did you chose to tell this story?
I had done a story for a newspaper on someone publicly announcing a home occupation. This story peaked my interest and I wanted to get a better sense of the organizing going on, how it was affecting communities and what its connection was to campaigns on a national level.
In what ways are you a better storyteller and producer?
We were guided and trained, but at the end of the day, it was up to us to do everything: collect interviews, find audio that would best tell the story, use our voice to shape it all and edit everything into something concise, but compelling. Because of this, I’m better at balancing the spontaneity of storytelling with the structure of it and I’m better at utilizing audio technology to the story’s advantage.