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Who Are You To Judge?: Meet Grand Slam Judge, Bryan Buttler!

IMG_1527(1)He’s been a First Person Arts fan for years, has covered FPA events as a former writer for Philadelphia Magazine, and even shared his own story at a Slam on the theme “Superstitious”! Meet Grand Slam judge Bryan Buttler of Bryan Buttler Media Relations! {{TICKETS ON SALE HERE.}}

FPA: You are certainly no StorySlam virgin. You’ve been part of the First Person Arts family for some time now. What’s your favorite thing about FPA StorySlams?

BB: I think there is so much interesting energy in the room! The Slams bring out such a unique mix of people of all walks of life, and usually people are so supportive. They are there to hear a good story.

FPA: As a journalist and a writer, you are also a storyteller. In your opinion, what are the three most important elements to a good story?

BB: I think you have to be passionate about the story. It is just like good writing: if you’re not interested, your audience is going to know. You also have to bring an element of truth to every story you tell. That’s what makes a story genuine. Also, just be yourself. There’s nothing worse than a faker or someone who is sugar coating something just to make people laugh or cry.

FPA: A good story isn’t just about content, it’s also about presentation. What can a storyteller do to make his/her story relatable to you as one of our official Grand Slam judges?

BB: Speak the truth! When you come from a place of the heart, you’re so much more likable.

FPA: So, you’ve talked about some of the do’s of storytelling. Are there any don’ts in storytelling for you?

BB: I’ve seen people who present stories that are purposely outlandish for the sake of trying to get laughs. It doesn’t work. Also, stay within time limits! No one likes someone who goes on and on and on. You’re like that kid in class who always answered the teacher and took up too much time.

FPA: If a storyteller wants to suck up to you at the Grand Slam, what is your drink of choice?

BB: God, I do adore a mojito, but they’re hard to make if the bar doesn’t have mint.

FPA: Will you be using decimals in your story scoring on Thursday?

BB: Eh…that’s a hard one! Probably not. Get that full point, baby!

FPA: This year marks First Person Arts’ 15th Anniversary. Tell us your own story on the Grand Slam theme of “Where I Come From” in 15 words!

BB: I am the stereotypical oldest child, and those traits have served me well.

FPA: Any final words of advice for this season’s Grand Slam contestants?

BB: You’ve already wowed an audience once. You’ve got this!

16th Season First Person Arts Grand Slam
DATE: Thursday, May 12
TIMES: Doors at 7PM, Show at 8PM
LOCATION: World Cafe Live
TIX: $17-22 | BUY

Upcoming Events
  • StorySlam: Windfall
  • Date: August 27, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: CSZ Philadelphia
  • Location: 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107