Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Welcome to the place to find your story

Hello. My name is Charles B. French and I want to help you find your story. We all have a story, and eventually there comes a time when we need to share it. That's where I come in. I can help you unearth that story, polish it, and tell it well. Whether this is as a public speaking coach, a writing coach/consultant, a ghost writer, a speech writer, or anything else that you need, I will help you find your story. Already I've helped so many people connect to the world and share their stories. I helped them, and I'll help you, too.

I have over fifteen years of experience and want to share that with you. All you have to do is tell me how. If you are in the Houston area, we can meet face-to-face. If you live farther away, we can easily meet over Skype.

Below are links to how I can help you. See what meets your needs and we will find your story.

Public Speaking Coaching - I am an award winning public speaker and professor of public speaking. I've helped hundreds of people find their voice and tell their stories. I can help you every step of the way, from finding your idea to fine-tuning your delivery. I've helped beginning speaker,s professional speakers, keynote speakers, and Tedx speakers.

Writing Services - Do you need a speech writer, a script doctor, an editor? Are you looking for a ghost-writer? I've been a writer for many years, and not only am I well versed in speech writing, I've also written books and plays. My years of experience will serve you well for whatever you need.

Guest Speaker - Are you looking for an emcee for your event, a keynote speaker, or someone to host an educational seminar? I am at your service. I've spent years entertaining crowds and leaving them with something to think about. As a college professor and professional trainer, I know how to engage a crowd. I'd love to speak at your event.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Hair Like the Sun - Working with Claire Mix

When I first began writing the script, I was all on my own. I created the first draft in a three-week span of intense and inspired writing. I'm proud of that first draft, because if nothing else it sold Claire on the idea that her mother's story could indeed be produced as a stage play. It also demonstrated that this play would treat her mother's story with the care and respect it deserved, all while ensuring that it was a quality play that audiences would enjoy.

Of course, I feel I should point out that Claire had no idea I was writing this play when I set out to do it. Writing the play had been her goal, but she'd never been able to crack it. She, by all accounts, hit the roof when she found out about it. I can't blame her. Not only was someone writing the play she's intended to write, he'd already produced a completed draft. It was stunning news, to be certain.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Hair Like the Sun - The First Draft

This is a story about something that I wrote that you will probably never see: the first draft of 'Hair Like the Sun.'

I wrote that first draft in early 2013. It only took me about three weeks. I can be a fast writer when properly motivated, and this project motivated me. I watched Claire Mix's documentary and read her book in a day. The story immediately grabbed me and demanded I write it. I had no choice but to comply. (My fellow writers will back me up on the notion of being held hostage by a story.)

After three weeks, I had something. I was proud of what I'd accomplished in such a short amount of time. I was under no illusions that this was a finished product, you can't write a play in three weeks and not need revisions. That said, there's a lot in that first script that did survive to the final one. More importantly, it proved that Ruth's story could be told in a play.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hair Like the Sun - The Writer is Least Important

I've been mesmerized watching rehearsals of 'Hair Like the Sun.' I spent over three years with this script, but seeing it in the hands of actors, being guided by the director, make me feel as if I never really knew my own script. What I'm seeing, from the director's understanding of the script, to the actors' interpretations of the characters, goes far beyond my mere words. That's when I understand this harsh, but necessary truth.

The playwright is the least important person involved in the play.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the playwright is unimportant. After all, that's who created the play in the first place. No, it's not that this person doesn't matter, it's just that the actors, directors, set builders, costumers, and crew are more important. They are turning the words on the page into something magical. The make it real.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hair Like the Sun - Why this play matters

Today. March 1, is Super Tuesday. Millions of Americans are going to the polls as part of the process of electing the next President. One of those candidates, a surprisingly popular candidate, has spoken of Muslim Americans in the same manner people spoke of Japanese Americans during WWII.

There are those alive today who remember what life was like behind that barbed wire, including celebrated actor George Takei. While America came to understand the tragic mistake we made after Pearl Harbor, far too many forgot those lessons in the aftermath of 9/11. Those who forget, or ignore history are doomed to repeat it. We cannot let that happen again in our great country.