With just one day out, our Grand Slam contestants are officially hyper-nervous-excited-psyched for tomorrow night’s big showdown. They’ve been working up their best “Going For It” tales that are sure to impress you, and our panel of VIP judges from Painted Bride Art Center, WHYY, and Story League.
Up today, meet Kelsey! Kelsey won her first-ever StorySlam with a perfect score. No pressure, storytellers!
Name: Kelsey Stewart Age: 27 Location:South Philly Slam won: #onlinedating
FPA: How long have you been “Slamming”?
KS: The #onlinedating Slam was my first time!
FPA: How do you prepare for a StorySlam? Do you have any rituals or lucky pairs of socks?
KS:I suppose a glass of champagne, followed by a glass of red wine…
FPA: Share a storytelling tip with us!
KS: It’s a good idea to not use your friends’ names.
FPA: What would Chapter 7 of your memoir be called?
KS: Maybe, “Showering in a Trashcan.”
FPA: Who’s the best storyteller you know and why?
KS: The best storytellers I know are Alan Stewart (my dad) who keeps me going on runs with his stories about being a hippie, and Kimon Hatza (my friend Nikki’s dad) who’s been keeping me entertained with his “when dad was little” stories since college. (No doubt, dads tell the best stories.)
FPA: What do you do in real life when you’re not out winning StorySlams?
KS: I work with kids in West Philly as a student mentor and spend my free time daydreaming and doodling.
FPA: What do you love most about First Person Arts?
KS: I really like how warm and welcoming everyone is!
FPA: If you had a storyteller spirit animal, what would it be?
KS: The Pink Power Ranger.
FPA: The winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 prize! What will you do with the money if you win?
KS: I’m going to buy a new pair of sandals, register for the Philly 10K, and then use the rest to go camping in West Virginia.
The 14th Season of First Person Arts StorySlams is presented by Harmelin Media.