James Kim, a photojournalist at USC, created an audio slide show of my performance last Friday night at Mo's Bar & Grill in Burbank, CA. He followed me around for two hours and interviewed me between sets. The slide show above is the end result of his project.
Anybody that has followed my blog for any length of time knows that I'm a huge proponent of using video to tell your story. Whether it's the story of who you are and what you do, or the story of information that you want to impart on others, video can be much more compelling than reading text alone. In the past I've also said that video is more compelling than photos. James only shot photos for this project. By integrating audio and presenting it within the context of a slide show, I believe he was able to tell his story in a way that is, in some ways, even more artistic and more compelling than video.
I had no input whatsoever on James' project, except for letting him shadow my steps at the restaurant and answer his questions. The end result is a photojournalistic piece that captured the true essence of what it is that I do on a typical Friday night. Sharing the experience of magic and bringing smiles to the faces of complete strangers is a joy that is difficult to describe. This audio slide show does a great job of capturing some of those moments.
Sometimes we have to step out of our box and view the world through the lens of another human being. By letting another person share his vision of what he sees in your story, you are able to tell your own story in a way that can be much more compelling.
To your success!
P.S. (Shameless Plug) You can see me at Mo's Bar & Grill every Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday Brunch from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. If you're in the area, I'd love to see you there.