How does it work?
Dan shows up at your event with a gorgeous 1938 manual Remington typewriter. He dresses sharp, like an old-fashioned reporter, in his trademark yellow fedora, yellow sport coat and yellow bow-tie. He talks with each guest for two or three minutes to get a sense of who they are and learn something interesting about them. The conversation is a key part of the process—Dan is a master interviewer, working like a cross between Stephen Colbert and a therapist. He then instantly types the guests’ “life story in about a minute” right before their eyes! He reads the story aloud to the guest, signs it with a fountain pen, and gives it to them with a printed “jacket” on the opposite side of the paper. Perfect for framing, putting on the refrigerator, or posting on Instagram!
Each story is different and appropriate to whoever he is writing for. They’re about the person, inspired by the person, and seek to capture the essence of the person. (Or people—Dan often writes his stories for couples!) He has no formula: he literally makes up each story, from scratch, on the spot, based on what he learned. Hipsters, grandmothers, kids and everybody else get Dan’s expert treatment. Each story is a few paragraphs long, or about 250 words. The entire process—talking, typing and reading aloud—takes about five minutes.