The Story of....
Let’s start from the beginning…
Who is Steve Saylor?
Who am I really? I do A LOT of things. To be honest, I still am figuring it all out, but the long and short of it is I am a 30 year old Blind Albino Storyteller. I realized at a very early age the power of storytelling and the thrill of captivating an audience by telling stories. A dream of mine was to always get up on a stage and tell stories for people, and that’s how this album came about. More on that below.
But, if you want to hear the more professional version of who I am, here you go:
Steve Saylor has been a New Media Producer since the early days of Podcasting in 2005. He has worked with several prominent people in the Tech/Digital Media industry such as Leo Laporte, Amber MacArthur, Alex Albrecht and Darren Kitchen.
He is the Co-Founder of the 7 year running podcast “This Week in Geek“ with Mike “The Birdman” Dodd. Through TWiG Steve has had the privilege of interviewing Geek Luminaries such as Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, William Shatner, Lloyd Kaufman and more. Steve is also a Founder of the Roleplaying Game Podcast “These Warriors Are Terrible“
He currently works in Toronto, Ontario Canada at boom 97.3FM as a Digital Media Producer and is a Professor of New Media Broadcasting at Humber College.
What is Too White for 30?
The short version: Too White For 30 is a Comedy Album by me that was recorded on my 30th Birthday where I told true personal funny stories in front of a live audience. The album is available to buy for $3.99 on iTunes
The long version: Among the list of people who are inspirations to me, very near the top of that list behind say my Dad, is Kevin Smith. I was introduced to his films when I was in my early twenties. Although I enjoyed his raw humour and subject matter, I was more inspired by Kevin’s other works. It started when I watched his “An Evening with Kevin Smith” Q&A Specials. I was fascinated at Kevin the storyteller as he weaved through HIGH-LARIOUS anecdotes about his life to a captivated audience. I watched those Specials over and over again and I was enamored with the idea of someday I would get up on stage and tell MY stories. Jump to 2007 when Kevin started his SMODCAST (only 6 days after myself and Mike Dodd started This Week in Geek), I began to follow his Empire of SMOD as it were. I loved how he turned interviews into conversations and in turn made those Podcasts into actual live shows where he did what he did best: tell stories.
He started to captain the idea of:
“All anybody wants in life is three things, Eating, F***ing, and to be heard. You can usually get the first two, sometimes paying for them, but being heard is hard to come by.”
He went on to say that’s what inspired him to champion the idea that anybody can do anything with Digital Media and getting the chance to be heard is getting much easier now with Social Media and the Web.
With all that percolating in my head, this leads to December 13th 2013, my 30th Birthday…
I always wanted to have a large Birthday. Being a December baby, and being born 12 days before Christmas, it was tough to get anybody out to celebrate with me. At most I’d have maybe 10 people come out. It never bothered me because I knew that people had Christmas work parties, family get-togethers, etc. So I never got upset over not being able to have a large party. But, I knew reaching 30 was a milestone. My entire life, I never imagined being 30, honest. Even writing this, it still feels weird saying I’m 30 years old. So knowing it was a big deal to me, I wanted to do something BIG, and I mean BIIIIGGG!
In November, I was with some friends and I brought up the idea of doing a live stage show where I would tell stories to an audience. Plus, with the Kevin Smith influence, knowing he did a live Q&A on his 40th Birthday called “Too Fat for 40” I thought, “It’d be hilarious to call my show ‘Too White for 30’.” So with some coaxing words from those friends, they convinced me to do a Variety Show. Let’s get a whole bunch of people on stage like we’re The Little Rascals, rent out a small theatre space and just have fun!
We got some amazing performers to come out. First we had Loretta Jean, a Burlesque Dancer who did a Doctor Who/Dalek themed dance. Next we had Lukas Stark, do some amazing feats of magic that BLEW ME AWAY. Then we had a female musical duo group SINDERELLA perform. Lastly, my friends that I work with Courtney Lewis and Andy Ribbit who closed the show. In the midst of all that, I got up on stage and told several short stories about my life up until that point. I told of pranks when I was a kid, my unlucky love stories and some weird and funny stories from college. I recorded the whole set and for the first time in my life, I am putting out a Comedy Album. In the veins of “Get out and do something” attitude that Kevin preaches, I got out and did something.
If you’ve read this far, then what I’ve told you was either very informative or entertaining, so if you did thank you. I highly encourage you to purchase or stream my album when it comes out on April 1, 2014 and pass this story along. It was 30 years in the making.
As always I remain, obediently yours.
*Photos taken by Olivia Cain