By Tanner Saunders
April 17, 2019

In a time when travel seems to be more about grabbing the perfect shot of your street food, letting it get cold before eating it, and never actually taking the time connect with the person who made it or the history behind it, it can be easy to lose sight of the true point of travel: forming a connection with the place.

Luxury hotel brand Four Seasons wants to get back to that point, and they’re asking for your help. With Envoy by Four Seasons, the brand is looking to find a number of “storytellers across all mediums and art forms” to help tell the unique stories of places around the world.

Selected artists — dancers, poets, mimes, or magicians — will be offered an exclusive and ultra-tailored travel experience with Four Seasons to get a truly immersive experience in that destination, getting to know its sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and, most importantly, the people.

After that, the brand simply wants you to “absorb all that you see. And then, create.”

Doesn’t sound bad, right? Especially when so many artists need an escape to be their most creative.

Need an example of what types of storytellers they’re looking for? Spoken word artist Marshall Davis Jones, the very first Envoy, absorbed the culture of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, on Hawaii’s Big Island. He transformed his experience into a powerful spoken word video. The first envoy for 2019, American artist and illustrator Missy Dunaway will create a series of pieces based on her experiences at the Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam.

And now it’s your turn to have a life-changing experience that’s told through art.

To apply, visit this site to fill out an application and explain your craft and inspiration, and to explain why you’re the best storyteller for the job. You also have the opportunity to express where you think your craft is best suited for practice — a quiet island or a thriving city — and what sort of materials are needed to work with.

The best part is, your social media following doesn’t matter — just your vision and your voice.

So get out there and tell some stories. They’re waiting to be heard.

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