1. Tell us about yourself.
I’m Sherry! I was born in London, England of Jamaican descent. I’ve lived in Berlin, Germany for 14 years, and now I am currently settled in Barcelona, Spain since 2006. I have a growing storytelling and children's book-market business called 'La Fira' that is located in and around Barcelona.
2. What made you interested in storytelling for children?
I didn’t feel happy in any office job that I took on, so I took a big decision to leave the world of tech support behind and go into teaching English to children! I’ve always liked children, they are like little pieces of magic. I was so lucky to find a job in a beautiful, big enchanting nursery in Gavà Mar right on the beach front – I think that the natural environment there helped make the children stay rooted and tranquil – they were so amazing, funny, and loving! I loved bringing in my own English books and reading stories to them their glowing reactions were priceless. It was annoying buying books online, sometimes the books would arrive and be the size of a postage stamp or damaged and need to be sent back and they were also very expensive, and so were the few shops that stocked them in Barcelona.
It was just about one and a half years ago when I was in the UK that I realized I could acquire quality children’s books both new and used at very reasonable prices and use them for my storytelling and even start selling them because I knew there was a big demand back in Spain, both for Spanish families and expats.
3. How did you feel about taking first steps towards this career?
There is a quote on the internet by a young, talented female writer called Ijeoma Umebinyuo that sums up exactly how I felt: “Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with your voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just... start.”
I had a very small amount of money from an insurance claim that I received and I invested that to buy my first books and pay a courier to transport them to Barcelona. My sister in the UK helps with the business – luckily she loves shopping! She now invests some of her time to buy the books and send them over to Barcelona, she has good judgment and is great at making good business contacts.
At the moment I don’t have my own transport, so I take 2-3 decorated crates full of my books, and off I go using public transport! I approach various institutes, organisations and cafès asking if they would like to host my events that include free storytelling and fun songs for children, and my little English books market. I see it as a nice way to help each other out as they have a good chance to get more clients too! I also am available for hire to just do the storytelling without bringing my book market along.
4. If there were one thing you could tell people to do that would help them stop procrastinating, what would it be?
Shake off negative vibes and thinking! Stop thinking ‘nothing ever goes right’, ‘Life is so unfair’, ‘It will never happen to me’ etc. Negative thoughts destroy! Life will pass you by if you just sit down feeling sorry for yourself and sighing. So many people procrastinate saying ‘I’m bored’. Go out and do something every single day, no matter how small, that will take you one step nearer to your goal - you must find a goal, or something that you enjoy doing and just start doing it! It may not go as planned at first, but it will never go as planned if you stop! Have patience, and courage and don’t wait around for other people to praise you. And always remember success mostly only comes after a lot of failure – the key is to not give in. You MUST carry on and on and on! Don’t be put off when things get tough or you seem like you are going round in circles, change what isn't working and just keep trying you’ll get there! Please do not sit at home day after day after day doing nothing, and then complaining that nothing ever comes your way! Do not feed off self-pity and sympathy. So many people just accept ‘existing’ and complaining when they need to start ‘living’ and laughing! Do not become a 'toxic person' – And run a mile if a toxic person tries to get a hold of you!
5. Do you have a special affirmation or message that you would like to share with the readers?
There are so many positive quotes and affirmations on the internet nowadays which is such a good thing – humanity really, really needs to be bombarded with them!!! I think everyone should read and digest a few everyday! My favorite one is one that my sister told me years ago ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway!’ That really has helped me whenever I've had doubts to do something.
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