My inquiry would not have been complete without looking for synonyms. I was pleased to see the definition of storyteller on http://thesaurus.com/browse/storyteller as the "recounter of stories". However, the synonyms below the definition changed everything. I was shocked! It read:
"Synonyms: allegorist author, bard, fibber, liar, minstrel, narrator, reconteur, writer."
Furthermore the main entry was "liar". And, the next entry was listed as a "person who tells falsehood". The synonyms were listed as "cheat, con artist, deceiver, deluder, dissimulator, equivocator, fabler, fabricator, fabulist, false witness, falseifier, fibber, maligner, misleader, perjurer, phony, prevaracator, promoter, . . . trickster" . . . well, I now can understand why not everyone wants to be known as a storyteller. There certainly are a lot of negative connotations to being a storyteller.
Yes, you may have been afraid for your reputation as you become a storyteller. You may have worried about the name calling, "Storyteller!" or if you have had a bit of experience already, whether anyone will ever believe you again once they know you are a confirmed storyteller.
Here's my solution. If you want to be a storyteller, own up to it. Tell everyone you are a storyteller and frame your stories right from the beginning with the words "once upon a time", "many years ago", or "this morning". That way, people will know that you belong to the storytellers-for-good group. Storytelling, my friends, has be maligned and I do not want you to be afraid of being a storyteller-for-good. You, too, can overcome your fear of storytelling by clearing the air of the maligning imagery right from the start of your story. Have fun! Tell stories!