Once upon a time

What is it about stories? Myths, legends, folk tales, fairy tales, tall tales, sagas, yarns, it doesn’t matter what type of story. We are captivated by all of them. We always have been. It probably has something to do with the fact that a good story skips the brain and goes right to the heart. Stories are like no other form of communication.

And it’s interesting that almost all of us are storytellers. It’s part of being human. You don’t have to go to school, or have special skills or any particular insight or empathy to tell stories. You just have to have a story. To be sure, some are better at weaving a tale than others but, the point is, storytelling is a part of our DNA and we can learn from anyone who takes the time to tell a story, even it it’s just around the water cooler at work.

A case-in-point of our deep seated need to tell stories was an Atlanta storyteller that recently caught our attention. And while we feel a little silly telling a story about someone telling a story, we do think this particular person embodies the value of our storytellers, wherever we find them, such as in this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”

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