I Don’t Have a Red Leather Jumpsuit …

30 Mar

I know what kind of storyteller I am, the behind-the-scenes kind. I like watching the reactions of people as they hear my words on stage, or as their eyes scan the page. I like the undercover nature of being a writer. No one sees you, but they hear your voice, and feel emotion.

But in this quest for keeping up with resolutions and being the better-best me that I can possibly be that Oprah continually encourages me to be, I’ve once again tried something new this year. For the month of March I’ve gone and done it. Something that would require me to take a deep breath.

Most of the pieces I submit are for magazines, online publications, or collection of short stories. I get rejected from all kinds of people. But I’ve never gotten rejected for the stage. It’s something I always thought about doing ever since I saw a buddy of mine perform on stage and totally kill it. She just owned that staged and rocked the house in that red leather jumpsuit with black trim and rhinestones. Red leather, it’s pretty powerful. People change their names when they wear stuff like that.

I don’t own a red leather jumpsuit, though. But that didn’t stop me. I saw the open call for stories and wondered about it for a couple of weeks. I wasn’t sure. I’m not dynamic on stage, although I can’t say for sure because I’ve never been on stage. But I thought … it might make me a better storyteller. It may bring out something new. So I went outside my comfort zone and put my name inside that big giant hat so the The Universe could pick me at random.

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I’m not sure if I’ll get chosen or not, but I put myself out there. I recorded a demo and hit send. They heard my storytelling ways and inflections. That makes me nervous. My voice sounds odd. I don’t think I can do the Top 40 Countdown, but I’d be fine doing a local podcast. I don’t have that cool-pleasant-sounding-DJ-sweet-Barry-White tone that makes the listener just melt. I have that Downtown, East Side sound. But it’s got personality and maybe that’s all right for storytelling. Maybe I’m better at print.

I like how my stories unfold and how people hear their own voice with my words and they turn the pages. However, there’s something about telling your own story and people hearing your voice and emphasis. I wasn’t sure. But I still took a chance on me, on being a stage storyteller for once, and right now my voice is being listened to by Big Cheeses and they’re thinking about it.

Either way my story will be heard. And it’s the kind of story that deserves a red leather jumpsuit, but I still don’t own one. I’ll wear my outfit, the one that may make me look like a college basketball coach. I’m comfortable in cotton blends, and black-and-white converse. But if I don’t get selected my story will still be out there. If not on stage, then in print, right here at The Wish Factor. Stay tuned …

 

Buen Camino my friends!

 

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5 Responses to “I Don’t Have a Red Leather Jumpsuit …”

  1. Sorryless March 31, 2019 at 5:04 AM #

    Cali,

    I am in love with this news! It’s funny, but when I read your stories I use a narrator voice I imagine sounds like yours. You serve as the tour guide through stories of yesterdays and tomorrows, and now . . you went and did it. You put yourself out there with this latest turn and all I can say is . . . I knew it. I knew you would. Because it’s in your spirit to venture down trails that present a challenge.

    Sooooo, if (when) you score with this demo? Welp, I already know what your voice sounds like. We all do. 🙂

    Peace, love and the very best of wishes with chocolate on top

  2. claywatkins March 31, 2019 at 6:42 AM #

    I think the red leather jumpsuit would be like a shield for you, but you’ll do fine without it. I love how you push yourself to do better, be better. Keep moving ahead! peace.

    • The Guat April 18, 2019 at 9:59 PM #

      Ha! Like a Wonder Woman shield 🙂 Thanks so much for reading my story and for the kind words. I always appreciate it. We’ll see how things turn out 🙂

  3. UMANG March 31, 2019 at 8:18 PM #

    It’s a beautifully written post. I really admire your attitude. 🙏Hope all turns out just as you wish. 🤞

    • The Guat April 18, 2019 at 9:58 PM #

      Thanks so much for reading. We’ll see how things pan out and if I get the call. 🙂

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