Life Story FAQs
I just live a regular life. Why should I make a book or movie about it?
Everyone has a perspective to share based on their life experiences. The majority of our life is not spent in some heroic state of being. The quality of our lives is built on the day-to-day interaction with family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. How we conduct ourselves and learn from those moments are the valuable lessons we have to pass on to the generations to come.
I'm a quiet person. What if I don't know what to say?
The process is designed to empower you and make you feel comfortable. Everyone has experienced the flood of memories that come forth when you begin to recall an event.
How long does it take?
Most interviews are done in one to three sessions, depending on the scope of the project. Compiling the book or video is typically a two month process.
Is it expensive?
There are a variety of ways to approach a project that can impact the cost. We can work together to scope an effort to fit your project's needs. There are many options available for capturing life stories and we are always happy to help direct families to other resources if Honor Your Story is not an appropriate fit.
What types of interview questions do you ask?
Every person’s story is unique. Your life experiences and the theme of your project will shape the questions that are asked. The following are some sample starter questions from previous projects.
Do you know any stories about distant ancestors?
Was your family affected by or involved in any historical events?
How did your grandparents meet and marry?
Describe your parents and siblings?
How would you describe the atmosphere of your home?
Do you remember your dreams or goals as a child?
Do you have any family recipes?
Are there any expressions or turn of phrase that your family uses?
Do you have any heirlooms that have been handed down through the family?
Do you have a philosophy to share with your descendants?
What is the most important thing you have learned about love?
Has your life turned out as you imaged it?