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  • Writer's pictureBenita Garvin


The good thing about YouTube is the democratization of media. The bad thing about it that anybody and everybody thinks they have talent. And while I love that as a concept, it doesn't translate in reality. Talent is usually something that is developed. I don't think it's genetic, although I could be wrong about that. I think it's more accurate to say that talent is something you can hone and nurture. When people say 'I have no talent for music' for example, it probably means when they sing, they sing off key. That doesn't mean they no ability to be musical!

We give ourselves far too little credit. I'm hardly a genius or a great talent by any means, yet I'm able to create. I do it because I like to do it. If others don't like what I've done, that's okay. The goal is the pleasure I've given myself. I think I was inspired by this short video one of my lovely British storytelling students shared, Imogen Poots talking about imagination.

My husband always teases me saying I'm my best audience. That's the way it should be. If I don't like what I paint, write or create, why would anyone else?

It's the reason Storytelling Lab exists. Every one of us has an imagination. I want to show people how to access and use it.

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