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Want to help launch a Mortified Chapter in your city? Great. We're happy to consider it. Each chapter city is headed by two types of producers-- one Organizing Producer and a few Story Producers. New chapters generally mount only a few events per year but we're always open to discussion. We operate Mortified chapters in several great cities on a very grassroots bugdet. As such, we are not always able to launch additional cities as we might lack proper resources at certain times.

We provide each new chapter with a startup kit filled with all sorts of goodies and guides that offers plenty of hand-holding to help you get up and running properly. Since we've worked very hard to develop and fine-tune our format, we're naturally picky about finding the right mix. But if you're curious, read below and if it sounds like a match, contact us. We'd love to chat.

Here's what we need to find in each city to help launch a chapter:


TITLE: Organizers (1 per chapter)
PROJECT: Mortified Live
WHERE: Multiple cities

FUNCTION: The Organizing Producer is basically our logistical point-person in each city to set up live events. Our local den mother. Their main task is to book venues, handle mailing lists and other minor PR, set up "screening sessions" and make sure things run smoothly. Also, we rely upon this person to make sure the Story Producers are doing their jobs right (ex: that pieces remain funny fasincating throughout or never go on too long). They are also the link between us (re: the national organizers) and each chapter city's local Story Producers and Contributors. Organizers do a small bit of the screening/casting in each city, but for sake of efficiency, we mostly try to delegate that task to our Story Producers. When show dates approach, this role does take up some time. But not tons. And again, this is why we encourage delegation to multiple producers. Often this person acts as on-stage host during live events (welcoming the crowd, explaining the premise) unless otherwise decided. There is only one Organizer in each city.

EXPERIENCE:Any experience managing people and/or events is helpful. This could even mean having planned a wedding. Any experience, professional or personal, that showcases your devoted to detail. Zero theater or producing experience is needed (though it's obviously helpful). In many ways, Mortified is a very different kind of stage experience. If you are motivated and intuitive and into creative grassroots ways of promoting, that's resume credit enough.

SPECIFIC CRITERIA:

  • Organized. You need to be able gather and maintain a list of contacts, contributor information, minor receipts, and venue information.
  • Reliable. It's costly for us (being tiny) to set up in a a new town. We want to make sure that it'll "stay" up and running for at least two events or two sets of events.

GENERAL CRITERIA:

  • Community. Wants to be part of a fast-growing grassroots project... that already has LOTS of built-in press, international fan base, projects (ie. books, etc.).
  • Time. Time to devote to it. Mortified can take up as much time as you want. It all depends on how aggressive you want to be with it. If you want to do monthly shows, we can do that. If you'd rather just do seasonal shows, we can do that too. The good news is that you won't be alone. We generally have multiple people in each city plus we provide you with as much guidance as we can.
  • Motivation. Everyone needs a reason to want to do this. Some people just want to be known for running a cool project in their town. Some people just want to learn how to produce something. Some people are just bored and want a new challenge. While there is some money to be had, it is not tons, and thus we need people who are totally doing it for that reason.
  • Same creative page. Thinks the ideas expressed at getmortified.com are swell.

TITLE: Story Producers (2 to 3 per chapter)
PROJECT: Mortified Live

FUNCTION: Since we deal with material that has many nuances in terms of what makes it compelling, our selection process is the most important aspect of what we do. The Story Producer is the person most involved in that process. The main task of a Story Producer is to find, filter and frame the stories that are buried in the pages of people's lives. Mortified is not merely a show-and-tell of childhood artifacts but rather one where we utilize old letters, lyrics, journals, and artwork to reveal unexpected tales about the author's life. We assign a Story Producer to work with each author to help them select which material will work best and how it should be framed in a way that reveals a unique autiobiographical story. We provide all members of our team a detailed guide and advice that helps each Story Producer understand criteria for what makes great material-- when stuff works best, why stuff works best, etc.

EXPERIENCE: This job tends to be suited for people with a background in writing, psychology or journalism. You do NOT need to have experience in entertainment or casting as what we're doing is really a much different beast. People who are outgoing, curious and have a writer's mindset (regardless of their profession) are usually drawn to this.

SPECIFIC CRITERIA:

  • Like-ability. It may sound touchy-feely, but yes, having a friendly, outgoing personality is actually essential to the job in order to find great material. Here's the deal. During a screening session, producers have to be able to get total strangers to feel comfortable opening up within a limited amount of time. People need to trust and like you immediately to accomplish our goals. The material heard in Mortified is shaped by our ability to mine information about someone's life. Since it so nerve-racking and intimidating for people to share material during our curating process, having this type of personality is key. In order for our producers to ever get good stuff from candidates, prospective performers need to always feel respected, safe and encouraged.
  • A journalistic mindset. Sometimes we need to dig to find the gems buried in someone's notebooks and this requires being inquisitive and insightful. This skill is very important. Like a journalist, we assemble presentations based on a series of actual quotes. Our pieces are carefully curated using 100% real words from people's private pasts. It's a strange and fun process to learn. But you've got to have a knack for "spotting the story".
  • Curiousity. In order to present great material, you need a strong sense of curiosity and intuition to allow you to ask questions about people's lives.
  • Knack for storytelling. Do you have a grasp of the basic mechanics of storytelling? Of what makes any presentation of information compelling? Can you spot a hidden storyline? Either way, we happily help you and outline those core principles. It's not rocket science but it is a science, and one that applies to most anything-- from a magazine article to a comic strip to a screenplay to an embarrassing childhood notebook.
  • Patience. We are dealing with material that was not originally created for live performance or comedy. As such, the best material will not always leap out at you. You must be able to wade through a bunch of boring stuff without dozing off in order to discover a hidden gem. This is not a situation like American Idol where you can get a sense in 30 seconds if the material is good.
  • Sharp eye for humor. You have to be able to spot potential opportunities for laughs within material that has no intentional "jokes". Sometimes the laughs are obvious, sometimes not. Part of your job is to help spot something that funny, or could be funny, and help bring it out through proper context. You should also have a sense of humor that is discriminating enough to tackle both lighter and darker subject matters.
  • Imagination. You should be able to hear a piece and gauge its worth based on its potential not its initial presentation. You might want to present three separate journal entries but, for whatever reason, only use a paragraph from each.

GENERAL CRITERIA:

  • Community. Wants to be part of a fast-growing grassroots project... that already has LOTS of built-in press, international fan base, projects (ie. books, etc.).
  • Time. Time to devote to it. Mortified can take up as much time as you want. It all depends on how aggressive you want to be with it. If you want to do monthly shows, we can do that. If you'd rather just do seasonal shows, we can do that too. The good news is that you won't be alone. We generally have multiple people in each city plus we provide you with as much guidance as we can.
  • Motivation. Everyone needs a reason to want to do this. Some people just want to be known for running a cool project in their town. Some people just want to learn how to produce something. Some people are just bored and want a new challenge. While there is some money to be had, it is not tons, and thus we need people who are totally doing it for that reason.
  • Same creative page. Thinks the ideas expressed at getmortified.com are swell.

Sound like fun? It is.

And yes, we help show the ropes with all of this. Costs you nothing but time.

Setting up in a new city costs us some dough though (in terms of a few plan trips) so that's why we're picky. Contact us and we can explain all the rest.