The power of a song and it's words: their simplicity touches all

The ceremony from Paris savage killing victims held at Invalids begun with this song.

Quand on n'a que l'amour/ A s'offrir en partage/ Au jour du grand voyage/ Qu'est notre grand amour

When we only have love As offer in share
On the day of the great journey That is our great love

When we only have love My love you and me
To burst in joy Every hour and every day

When you only have love To live our promises
Without any other wealth That believe it always

When we only have love To furnish with marvels
And cover with sun The ugliness of the suburbs

When we only have love As unique reason
As unique song And unique assistance

When we only have love To dress in the morning
Poors and small bandits With velvet coats

When we only have love To offer in prayer
For the sickness of the world As simple performer

When we only have love To offer at those
Whose unique fight Is to look for the day

When we only have love To trace a path
And force the destiny At every crossroad

When we only have love To speak to cannons
And only a song To convice the drummer.

Then without having a thing Beside the strenght to love
We'll have in our hands Friends from all the world.


Spark London Anniversary

While Spark London celebrates its 8e anniversary, this fall, I did celebrate my 6th anniversary of my first public storytelling telling a version of the same story, about how I arrived in London, at Hackney Moviehouse's 5th floor "Attick". Full of public, more then 60, wonderfully reacting diverse, great compelling stories.

Johanna Yates, producer with Dave and Matt faithfully still there and having each developed since their own flavour of Spark. Johanna, as usual made us rehearse and gave very valuable feedback and advice, our stories got stronger by it, as usual. She even remembered a detail from 6 years ago that I did not tell this time, having forgotten almost and not giving it importance. I have begun looking for room to share, but no one wanted an old woman with them, so I begin to look for cheep apartment to rent : of course I added it again.

Dave decided the order we come and told us himself the first story, and introduced us, one by one. He is always full of compassion and was a great MC.

Matt send us the sound recorded masterfully so I could see and hear if the audience's reaction to my telling : was it so wonderful as I felt? In my heart and their faces it was warmer.

Matt invited me to the special 8th anniversary of Spark London at the Exmouth Market's Theatre.
"Julie, you bond wonderfully with your audience" a producer wrote me. I think, I did.

This experience made me, and others, remember, how great is to perform with Spark London and how much it brings to each of us.


Comparing delivery and audience: Julie 4 gigs

With almost the same words, from my ever first gig alone to 2 years later, so much difference.

1. Debut Julie Kertesz, November 2011.

Julie's StandUp at JesterJester from Julie Kertesz on Vimeo.
I did have three successful showcases before, after each of my workshop, but this was the first time, when I ventured out all alone to Jester Jesters at near Farington. To get courage, I gave myself a challenge: stay in the light shining to your eyes, instead of hiding (as I did at my last showcase) There were about 15 in the audience, not so easy when there are so few, plus mostly they were not really "audience" but other comedians waiting their tour and thinking about their own text. The pub is nice as were those who put us on the list or asked when we want to make our numero. (In fact there were only 3 women real "audience" at the time my performance come).
Compere telling jokes I hated, masked as Hitler.

Most of my lines did not change but I get a lot more laughter from them now. Delivery: oronly the audience? Confidence? Probably both.

2. Here is a month later, at Angel Comedy, with a great compere and audience a wonderful MC (see first minute) and better presence also (but still learning my lines...) stronger laughters.

3. My 30th gig at The Cavendish Arms​: always great audience and great MC. More experience in delivery. A lot stronger laughter with, almost, the same text. Plus my "famous" end, found at my 4th short comedy workshop.

4. 2 years later, was it the 77th gig? Cataract operations slowed down my pace of gigging, but my stage presence improved and I had a delightful audience and of the best MC too.


5 minutes film realised by Tyson Joseph

Produced by Tyson Joseph 
for Hubdot.com 

Do close yourself in one box only! You are many things at a time. 
Do not wait till others recognise what you do, to affirm it.
Dare to do, enjoy. Live.

Life with comedian eyes is easier. 
Life with photographer eyes is more interesting. 
Life with stories can change even your own past and other people's future.


Better laugh of whatever arrives in life

Some Selfies - yes, better laugh of all that arrives
15 auto-portraits from my album "some selfies" taken from 2004, when I become 70 years old through the years showing my "kid playing" side and daring to show different sides of myself.

The first time I dared an auto-portrait playing with an old wig and dusty hat.
The first time I was happy how I looked with swimming pool hair in the wind.
The day I dared to tell "it is exactly 52 years that I..." dot dot dot.
The day I took the first photo of myself in the bain: the small camera could do it.
The bad hair day, last in the first row, is my most popular photo on Flickr: and at that time, I still did not believe I have funny bones! "Julie, what did you do?!!!"

The face in bubble bath and the face preparing already stories in London, in the middle row one I like showing an expression "I still hope", followed by preparation of the story of my nose, that was not cut, and laughing of how much the hairdresser did cut my hair a day.

The last row, are disasters mostly. Better show and laugh of them. Shaving? so what! After cataract intervention. In middle of Effedrine treatment of my front. When I lost my three front teeth.

"Loosing three front teeth? So cute! When one is 7. Not at 77."
This photo was taken to prove myself it is not a complete catastrophe!
So true. Now I tell myself "at least you do not have to walk on it".
And I have a denture instead them...
Last pic is prepared to go again to standup comedy, yes, I will go again and again, some time yet.

Looking back to what happened is easier then trembling "how it will go tomorrow". But of course, I also have to stop, and prepare, prepare. "Practice, practice practice, and never give up even after 70"


7' Gig at Comedy School as special guest

November 2013 after a "refreshment workshop" with the Comedy School they invited me to perform at the showcase of new Standup Comedy students.

I opened the show, alas I was allowed only seven minutes from ten prepared. But of course, one has to adapt each time.

This year I had my ten minutes at "Old folks jokes" but I do not have yet its video recording. And now, 10' also opening at Ivor Dembina's 'you should have listened to Ivor'. Went very well, made those present laugh a lot.

New tips to look for when you look at it the second time.

Listen to how I begin.
First recognising what everyone can see: I am old. (Later, that I am not English, that my mother language was Hungarian.)

It is good to recognise what they see and hear. Then of course comes the surprises. In my case proving that we old folks are "open minded", surprising those listening with 4 letter words.

Finally, "toping" by telling the tale about my daughter and she "not being there". That connects to all of us who ever did something because "he or she was not there".

"Toping" is adding to a punch line without necessity to introduce, it also gives it a more impromptu feeling. Like you just invented it, now for this audience. I top even more at the end.

Be aware that nor in Comedy or in Storytelling do you have to stick to the "exact truth" about time, names, durations, for example. It is very important to be "in the moment" - so my daughter really called me - but it was more then a year before (just before my first ever standup comedy performance), so what? I told it first the day it happened and then 77+ times as it was that morning.

It is not important when, and it make seem more "fresh".

And I still tell "I am 77" it seems a sexier year, easier to remember then 78 or 79 (or now, more).

Observe how I finish.
I segue with what come before, "I am a bit out of practice now, but" and 'top" again then give my most outrageous sentence of my performance. It work very well every time. Sometimes, I got even standing ovation for it. But then, I do not stop at that but top it and top it again, usually getting laughter after laughter for the end.

It is best to leave your best working part to the end, your second best at the beginning.

I found the sentence after six hours of workshop at Camden with Ivor Dembina, who probed deep into what is we do not tell usually because "that is what the audience is interested is enjoying best".  I hesitated for three month until I first dare to try it out. It does work each time.

Added to the routine (It grows with new frustrations)
There are some added parts that were used the first in this performance, from frustrations I got just then before I performed this, about my teeth.

I also added the routine about my eyes (is it in this yet?) Later, I found a better way to introduce my Kindle (not in this performance yet). It does get a huge laughter as I talk about "Size is import - well, sometimes" and let the audience think first of something else, "I did not say it" as just before it I added a part that is about a message I got on Facebook. (See my later gigs for that).

Observe how I go from one part to the other.
Just before I performed I was told that I have to do only 7 minutes not 10 as I was promised. I had to cut some parts. Because the routine has been made in Parts, I could leave out some. But is is more difficult then. Usually I put a word at the end of a routine to trigger in me and remind the next part.

All audience is not as receptive as this was. Sometimes a part works better or less depending whom listens. That is normal, most important is all love and enjoy most of it.


Growing Bolder, 2015 the 3rd May and some interview links

A photo poster with a bit of text published by Growing Bolder, and already 2700+ shares.

From "Growing Bolder" on Julie Kertesz

See also some of the interviews, thanks for all the wonderful interviewers!

1. "United Kingdom: At Age 77, a Life of Inspiration" 2011

2. It is never to late, Guardian 2012

3. Awesone old lady of the week. 2014

4. Aging with attitude, Senior planet. 2015

5. Videoclips from last Story Telling Workshop 2015

First time, different version?

First times,  version 1
Uploaded by julie70. - Arts and animation videos.

9 recommended books (and others) from my bookshelf

Public speaking is telling stories, using humour, presenting them all together. And conveying an old wisdom in a new way. Here a few of my favourites I studied and read again and again, Each time discovering new nuggets and understanding deeper.

1st where all starts :
The Power of Personal Storytelling, Jack Maguire
Why, how to find, how to shape, how to remember the story parts, embed it in yourself.
- the speaking champion Malachi studied it before going all the way up to Las Vegas
- the renewed education Ambassador and well known workshop leader is studying it now too

2nd, Improving your storytelling, Doug Lipman
About finding "MIT": The Most Important Thing. Explains a lot also of our links between the audience, the story and the teller and relative, different the importance at each telling. Also the different kind of audiences and evenings; the joy of reaching each time the "one" who does needed it.

from my Books for Public Speaking3 th Wired for story, Lisa Cron,
Explains, what we expect from stories. How to hook the reader, delving deeper in "why" we are expecting, why it is important to go deep. Not easy to reach all the goals the book talks abut, but explained clearly what we are "wired for", need from a story.

4rd speak like Churchill, stand like Linkoln by James C. Humes
Secrets of history's great speakers. Easy to read, great "power technique"s. First chapter for example is  "The Power of Pause" that I learned to apply and it does give great results.

5th the Story Factor by Annette Simmons,
Influence and persuade at work through the art of storytelling in the enterprise and workplace. Why, how and what kind of stories to give in companies.

6. Be a great standup, by Logan Murray, London. He is also great workshop leader, I did attend three of his workshops. For all budding amateur comedians, the book explains some important basics, with examples of how to develop a "comedian eye".

7. Standup Comedy, the book by Judy Carter, 
First ever book about standup comedy, some great techniques, basics on humour. She has a chapter on the importance of "top the punch", how to use the punch line and add another to it. Very effective!

8. The naked presenter, Garr Reynolds,
Presenting with or without slides, but opening up going deep into your story. Opening yourself to draw the audience into your speech and your point of view.

9. Resonance, Nancy Duarte
Present visual stories that transform the audience.

Another time, I will add three more book to the list. All these books I read and studied and re-read., they all helped me to progress and added to the total. I am still in need to study them again, as at every stage we understand differently.