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Michigan State Parks Centennial Storyteller Auditions 
There is something special about stories around a campfire. The stories always seem authentic, honest and, often, heartfelt. 
To help capture state park stories through an emerging and engaging art form, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting Campfire Storytelling Project events across the state. These stories will allow visitors to catch a glimpse of many of the lifelong memories made in Michigan’s most beautiful places. 
Up to five seasoned storytellers will share their stories, while attendees are welcome to give two-minute anecdotes. These stories will be captured and distilled into a podcast shared on social media and the DNR Centennial Page
Do you have a compelling story to tell? Auditions are being held statewide in late April and May. RSVP for centennial storyteller auditions:Application form Here is a link to the DNR website with more information:
Auditions will be: 
  • Atwater Brewing, Detroit Wednesday, April 24, 6-8 pm 237 Jos Campau, Detroit, MI 
  • TBD, Marquette Thursday, May 2, 5-8pm TBD
  • Hofbrau Steak House & American Grille, Interlochen Saturday, May 11, 4-6 pm 2784 M-137 Interlochen, MI 
  • New Holland Brewing – The Knickerbocker, Grand Rapids May 4, 12:30-3 pm 417 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids


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Scam Alert Targeting Performers with Websites
(The company is unnamed here as there may be more than one.  Wouldn't want to have a slander problem either, but the method deserves mentioning for the safety of my fellow performers)

Storytellers and possibly other performers are being targeted by telemarketers for a digital marketing company promising website Search Engine Optimization for a low introductory price, normally $__ , but $_ to introduce their company.  Fortunately I told the caller I wanted to check online first.  I'm glad I did.
I know the company is targeting storytellers because a fellow storyteller asked about them on Facebook.  That's when I knew my being called was only one of many storytellers and performers being called about their websites. 

In case you didn't see my Facebook reply: DON'T DO IT!!! They called me. Read online reports about the company and say: No Thank You. Do Not Call Further.
LoiS(till a researcher and am learning to do it before buying)


I sent the alert to Storytell, the international email list for storytellers, and a fellow storyteller on the west coast said:
But gosh, it’s been WEEKS since they settled the Federal and New York legal cases filed against them. What could possibly be wrong?
They were accused of poor practices that were technically illegal in some jurisdictions. One of the most annoying was posting fake reviews on web sites. I know that’s been done for a long time on Amazon and other sites, but there’s actually a term for it now: it’s called “Astroturfing.” I’ve been afraid to ask why, but I assume it’s because it looks real but isn’t.

At the Folk Alliance Region West conference I’ve met a couple of people who do help performing artists do digital marketing. Legitimate ones do exist, but they’re not the ones who cold-call you, for the most part.

If anyone on the west coast needs help with their digital marketing, email me off-list, because I have a recommendation for someone who seems very knowledgeable, likes storytelling, and probably has room for new clients.
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