***OUR RECRUITMENT CYCLE FOR 2013 IS NOW COMPLETE. WE WILL HAVE FURTHER RECRUITMENT CYCLES IN THE FUTURE, POSSIBLY LATER IN 2013. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A FORBIDDEN VANCOUVER STORYTELLER, PLEASE DO EMAIL YOUR RESUME TO WILL@FORBIDDENVANCOUVER.CA. WE WILL KEEP YOUR DETAILS ON FILE FOR OUR NEXT AUDITION ROUND.***
Were you put on this earth to entertain people? Are you charismatic, witty, charming? Would you enjoy pouring your heart and soul into a performance and being applauded and thanked by a delighted audience? Do you love Vancouver and its history? Are you reliable and a great communicator? Do you have a training or background in acting, improv comedy, musical theatre or teaching?
If you can answer yes to these questions then we have the perfect job for you…becoming a Forbidden Vancouver Storyteller!
What will I be doing as a Forbidden Vancouver Storyteller?
Put simply, you will lead a group of 15 to 20 people on a 90 minute guided theatrical walking tour around downtown Vancouver. But what are you really doing as a Forbidden Vancouver Storyteller? You are telling the history of Vancouver that doesn’t get featured in the guide books or on the tour buses. A history of grit, of crime and of corruption. You are performing in character, looking into the whites of your audience’s eyes as they stare in amazement. And you are giving people fascinating and engaging experiences they will remember and cherish for years. This is a job like no other.
What training do I get?
You will get a full training program including coached training sessions on topics including voice projection, building a character, blocking, body language, cadence, managing your group, dealing with interruptions, and asking and answering questions on the tour.
We have a culture of collaboration, mutual respect and fair and honest feedback. You will start leading tours when you are confident, ready and prepared. If you don’t feel 100% confident right now in your ability to lead a theatrical walking tour, but you are intrigued by the idea, then we want to hear from you! Our training program will get you ready.
Will I need to learn a script?
Yes. You will need to learn a script. We will work with you to tune your script so that it is right for you.
How much effort does it take?
Great things do not come easy. Becoming a fantastic Storyteller will take hard work. The training sessions are demanding and you will need to be able to absorb and respond to critical feedback.
During your 2 month training program you will also need to dedicate at least 10 hours a week to concentrated study and rehearsal time to learn the script and complete reading on Vancouver’s history. Personal study time is not paid.
What information do you have about the tours?
We currently have two tours: Prohibition City and the Lost Souls of Gastown.
On Prohibition City you lead a group of undercover newspaper reporters, out to expose Vancouver’s dirty history of prohibition. You visit a former speakeasy, a former rum-running warehouse, a former beer parlour. You tell the story of temperance movement crusaders, Vancouver’s most outrageous mayor and its most famous showgirl. This is the tour that made Forbidden Vancouver #1 on Trip Advisor in Vancouver.
On the Lost Souls of Gastown you are one of Vancouver’s earliest residents. A survivor of the great fire, smallpox outbreaks, even a murder. You lead the group through Vancouver’s oldest and most historic streets and alleyways, visiting the site of the city’s first brothel, first fire station and longest running hotel. This is the tour that sold out 20 straight dates in October 2012.
We are also going to be launching a third tour next year on a pilot basis.
Which tour will I learn?
Ideally we want each Forbidden Vancouver storyteller to be comfortable delivering each of our tours. But it’s important to start with the tour you are most comfortable with. We will work with you to select a first tour that is right for you.
How much will I be paid?
Pay is competitive. More details can be provided on request.
How many tours will I lead per week?
Once you have finished your training program you will lead between 2 and 8 tours per week. You will have your regular tour slots and then occasionally cover for other Storytellers if they are away.
When do tours take place?
Tours take place between April 5 and Nov 9 2013. Tour start times are 6.00pm and 8.00pm. So you can absolutely work a 9-to-5 job and be a Forbidden Vancouver Storyteller. Our busiest time is July and August, so be prepared to lead more tours during those months.
But I need to take a vacation in the summer!
Don’t worry we don’t expect our storytellers to work every week all summer long. You will be able to take annual leave just like in any other job. We are a team of storytellers that support each other so that we fulfill our tour schedule and take necessary time off.
How can I find out more?
Do check out the rest of our website and our Facebook page. Also feel free to email Will at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Founder & Chief Storyteller