Amanda Feifer O'Brien won us over at our “In the Mail” slam, a slam that took her to last year's Fall Grand Slam, which she also won! She's quite a lady. Get to know her storytelling history and what she likes to do when she's not winning slams and taking names! You can also check out one of Amanda's winning stories below.
How did you find out about First Person Arts?
I heard about the StorySlams not too long after I first moved to Philly in 2007. I got to know FPA through slams, and later I started going to other FPA events and taking classes.
What was the first Slam you ever went to? Did you tell a story?
I can't remember the theme of my first slam. It was in early 2008. I did not tell a story. In fact, my first story was the one I won in 2010 (It's in the Mail) .
What is your favorite story you’ve ever told?
Most of my favorite stories are not ones I would choose to share in any environment where they are being recorded or written up on the internet, because I love my parents. 🙂 I do have a great story about a roommate I call “Dolphin Girl” and another about an ex-boyfriend that most people wouldn't believe, and I definitely intend to share each of those at future slams.
What is one of your favorite stories that you’ve heard someone else tell at a Slam? (You can check out our Youtube channel if you're coming up blank on this one)
There's no way I can pick one story. I really miss Sandy Beeches. She used to tell stories all the t
ime and was hilarious. I also love Bernardo's stories, generally. Also, I have tremendous respect for every story Katonya tells. She's so deep! She takes her audience on these windy roads, but we always end up someplace really interesting with her. You can tell I've been going to these things for a while. I could name a million people who are just really amazing storytellers.
What else do you do when you aren’t storytelling?
I'm in the middle of starting a new business. I really love foreign languages, so I read and listen to French and Spanish as much as I can. I sing when I can. I write about food and trends and I cook. I have an awesome husband and an equally awesome rescued pit bull/problem child who occupy my mind and any free time I may have. That pretty much sums up how I spend seven days a week.
Why do you keep coming back to Slams?
What can I say? I'm a voyeur, apparently. There's something really amazing about hearing these stories from strangers. Sometimes I'll run in to a FPA slam storyteller on the street or in the store, and it's crazy, I really feel like I know them, although our only connection is their story. Sometimes you can tell the stories that people are sharing aren't stories people close to them even know. It's just a really interesting peek into peoples' private lives.