It can be very difficult to get somewhere when you are not sure where you are going.
As storytellers, as creative artists, we are always learning and growing- for as long as we live. We are *always* on the journey. In the truest sense, there is never a moment that we can be said to have "Arrived". And yet, as we travel this path, it helps to have something definite and concrete to aim for. I can say that I aspire to become a Master Storyteller; but what does that mean, exactly? What steps does one take to get there? And how do I know when I have achieved it?
This is the question I have been wrestling with in the last few years, as I have begun to take my 'call' to storytelling far more seriously than I had previously been willing to. My short-term goals and next-steps are fairly clear: actively work on learning new stories and expanding my repertoire. Tell at every chance I get- open mikes, swaps, potlucks. Go to performances and LISTEN to other Tellers, learn from them. Participate in programs and courses that will develop and hone my skills. Keep my eyes open for a good mentor, a Master to apprentice to. All this I have been doing.
But beyond this, my way forward is not so plainly marked. At what point do I stop thinking of myself as an amateur or "emerging" artist, and confidently claim the title of Storyteller?
Any thoughts on long-term goalsetting from those farther along on this journey than myself?