Something that took me a while to realize. As multiracial artists, we have a unique perspective that deserves to be shared. Our experiences and personal stories can be powerful tools to create engaging and relatable content that resonates with an audience. Our stories are relevant, and deserve to be heard.
But the trick is figuring out how to do just that. So here are some ways we can incorporate storytelling and personal experiences into our work:
When you share your personal experiences, it’s important to be authentic. Part of my personal struggle being Mixed in a creative industry was that I didn’t think I was enough. If I couldn’t make films about the “Black experience”, I didn’t I was enough. So I falsely believed that my work had to be changed to have the most appeal, i.e. work for a White audience.
Don’t try to portray yourself as someone you’re not or tell stories that you think will be more popular. Focus on what’s true to you and your experiences. Your authenticity will shine through and your audience will appreciate your honesty.
What separates you from the rest – is You.
Identify Your Message
Before you start telling your story, it’s important to identify the message you want to convey. What do you want your audience to take away from your story? What lessons have you learned from your experiences that you want to share? By identifying your message, you can craft a story that’s both engaging and meaningful.
We can do this asking ourselves the question:
What large problems in life have I solved for myself?
Once you have that answer. Start researching and identifying other people who have had the same problems. But are still seeking answers. Then, find how your work can help them answer the questions they have.
Now you’ve found your message.
Make It Personal
The most engaging stories are those that are personal. Share your own experiences and emotions to help your audience connect with your story. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and share your struggles and failures. This will make your story more authentic and relatable.
To make your story more engaging, use vivid language that helps your audience visualize the events you’re describing. Use sensory details like sights, sounds, smells, and feelings to paint a picture of your experiences. This will help your audience feel like they’re right there with you and make your story more relatable.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Telling a great story takes practice. Try telling your story to friends and family to get feedback and hone your skills. You can also record yourself telling your story and listen to it to identify areas for improvement. The more you practice, the more confident and engaging you’ll become.
Be consistent. Find a rhythm of creating that works for you and your schedule. Commit to consistently creating work and sharing. Realize that some will exceed expectations, and some will miss the mark. But keep going and you will create an impact.
We will show the world that Mixed stories have value.
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