Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Full time gig: student
Why did you join the Vocalo storytelling workshops?
I feel like great radio stories have had a huge impact on me in a really affecting way, so I was drawn to trying to produce something like them. It’s also a form of community involvement that can be really personal and fulfilling.
Your piece in 20 seconds:
Co-op families offer a new way of living that often goes ignored. But the kind of support and bonds that their members establish can offer something like family models that we’re more accustomed to. For many, it becomes a way of escaping the loneliness of living alone.
Why did you chose to tell this story?
I think the story is important because most people have no idea how prevalent have become, even though they may live next door to one. It’s something that most people don’t consider, but I wanted to show it as a viable alternative.
In what ways are you a better storyteller and producer?
The biggest change was definitely in my interview style. The more I did, the more comfortable I became. I really liked finding ways to connect to people, which was always surprising and really heartening. It’s exciting to go from being total strangers to sharing intimate stories after less than an hour together.