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Now Seeking You:

Dust off that diary! Whip out that Trapper Keeper! Mortified Live is always seeking new participants (22 and older) to share the embarrassing stuff they created as kids– journals, letters, poems, lyrics, art, home movies, plays. Become part of the Mortified community by submitting a request to meet with our local curators in cities worldwide. If you don’t see your city listed but plan to visit one of the ones listed, our curators can even meet via Skype (please mention this in your request). Join the largest and longest-running project of its kind, as celebrated by This American Life, Entertainment Weekly, Time, The Guardian, All Things Considered, and Wired.

Big News:

We’re seeking participants in London, Dublin & Paris for events in 2015. Request a “curating session” below–we’d love to help you unearth stuff. Stay tuned for announcements about other new chapters launching in North America, Europe and beyond.

I want In!:

Request a Producer’s Session

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(Ex: "I found a wonderfully bad poem I wrote about world peace to impress a hippie girl in 9th grade. The poem mentions...")

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How it Works:

Our Curating Process from Page to Stage

1. UNEARTH
You dig up some of your old embarrassing childhood artifacts (old letters, lyrics, journals, cassettes, artwork, plays, videos, even old blogs).


2. CONTACT
You request a producer’s session on the form on this page.


3. COLLABORATE
We meet up and help you identify excerpts & a backstory that our audience will love.


4. SHARE
You share the results on stage.


5. IMPACT
Someone in the audience returns home, inspired to unearth their own stuff! (Fun, eh?)


Helpful Tips:

Stuff to Know Before We Meet Up

DO.

• Please arrive with 5-8 excerpts and entries already flagged as something you’d love to share with us during a curating session. We’ll wander around and hear other stuff you bought, too– so bring a bunch if you can. But pre-selecting 5-8 excerpts gives us a very helpful starting place.

• Consider these rules of thumb if overwhelmed by what to flag. (1) Look for entries where the author was passionate or dramatic about what they wrote– whether they’re angry or elated. Those tend to be the most embarrassing, or at least the most captivating. (2) Ask yourself, why does this embarrass me to share with strangers? Identifying that context beforehand can help us hear what makes it mortifying.

• Know that some of our best stuff takes a few sessions in order for us to help people find stuff. We don’t reject anyone–it’s merely a matter of finding enough excerpts that work for our needs. If we don’t find enough stuff initially, the door is always open to come back and share more. We’ll even give tips on what to find based on what already seemed to work. Everyone has something– it’s just a question of finding enough.

• Be aware we spend hours and hours working with each participant in the weeks (or months) prior to an event in order  to help identify material that our audience will love. It’s a strange but fun process. We’re really good at playing detective and helping you spot the stuff you’re too close to see.

• Remember, there are lots of nuances to what makes the stuff we wrote as kids funny to adults. There are no strict rules for what works.

DON’T.

• No need to make stuff up. The fun of our show is that we’re using excerpts from actual childhood mementos and framing them with a true life backstory. If you want to write something from scratch, there are plenty of other great projects  (ie. The Moth, Story League, Backfence) that are much better suited for writing an essay today about a true life experience.

• Don’t sweat it. Our curation process is not an audition or a tryout. It’s not anyone’s role to judge your talents– our goal is to simply help you find stuff. When we find enough material that matches our needs, we invite you on stage. When we don’t, we suggest ways to find more and offer to meet again. It’s that simple. As for performance experience, we don’t care if you’re a comedian or a librarian (and if anything, we prefer the latter). Wit and experience have little bearing on whether our audience will enjoy someone. It’s very democratic– which is actually part of the fun.

•  For many reasons, we prefer you don’t narrow your selections to storylines or themes before we meet. Just flag any material that mortifies you and makes you think “I can’t believe I wrote that” (even if it jumps from topic to topic). We’ll find a way to make it all connect as a story later. There’s a few reasons for this suggestion. 1. We’ll probably unearth a different storyline that you didn’t originally recognize (being so close to the material). 2. We don’t want you to omit funny stuff. 3. We can always mine story from comedic moments but not the other way around.

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