How do storytellers charge in 2021?

The survey

Participate in our “how do you charge” survey: a bit of background…

We’ve been asking the storytellers in our orbit to tell us what we can create to support them with the so-called “business side” of storytelling. This is the side of storytelling where we have to market ourselves and work out how to feed souls with our stories whilst becoming multi-millionaires… No, so that we can put food on our tables, pay our rents, and create a sustainable storytelling practice.

A recurring question that keeps popping up is this: how much do we/should we charge for our services?

No one likes to talk about money, and we are all in very different situations – some are full-time storytelling professionals, some work with corporates, some work with the third sector, and of course, we all have different experience and come from different/live in different storytelling cultures.

In spite of that, The Story Café is undertaking a project to gather some data about pricing so that we can create a report that gives us more information about what people are doing and where. The plan is to share this information with the wider storytelling community (including anyone who participates, of course!) so that we can learn from each other, perhaps create guidelines to help storytellers get the recognition they deserve (and sometimes NEED to continue storytelling), and to develop workshops or events that will help people grow their skills.

All responses are anonymous.

What will happen to your data?

We don’t ask for your name or contact details unless you wish to receive a copy of the final report when the survey is complete. All data submitted is anonymous, and we will only work on the consolidated data to create the report. That means that we will not be able to link you to the data in the report unless you intentionally include your name in one of the comments.

If you do this in error, we’ll “clean” it to prevent your identification.

We use MailChimp to collect and store the data that you collect to ensure that everything is above-board, too.

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Great stories happen to those who can tell them.
– Ira Glas