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Story Slammer Markets her Narrative Skills


If you’ve been to a Story Slam or two, you’ve seen Kendra Gaeta weaving a tale with the audience in stitches. And if you’re a social media geek (like me) with your ear to the ground, you’ve heard the coming roar of the new marketing campaign for the Ford Fiesta. A renegade marketing campaign across multiple social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, twenty teams in sixteen cities, including two here in Philly, are driving and talking about the Fiesta, including our own Kendra. Follow Kendra as she completes Fiesta missions with Team Philly, be all up in her business on Twitter, and also checkout her Story Slam videos below, including her story for the ’09 Grand Slam!

Also, a small story of my own about the cat picture before we get to the videos.  Of course, we like to put pictures on the blog because you like to look at pictures.  Today I included a picture of a cat, partially because I am clever and I know you constantly check that blog of grammatically incorrect “kittehs” from your iPhone or Blackberry and I really think this might make the First Person Arts blog go viral.  However, there’s a deeper reason.  Mostly I’ve written about professional artists and snagged head shots from their websites plus images of their art.  This wasn’t the case with Kendra and it seemed creepy stalkerish to pull a picture of her from Facebook, so I settled on pulling a picture of her cat, Geno.  (Or what I assume is her cat Geno since in her “Good Intentions” video below she talks about a black and white cat she has named Geno.)  If it’s the wrong cat or I’m still a creepy stalker for all of that, apologies to all offended parties!

The three videos below are from the Story Slams with themes “Good Intentions,” chronicling Kendra’s experience with a dead on pet psychic (we hope kitties Geno and Alice get along one day!), “Showing Off,” where we learn of her short lived music career from open mike nights to one glorious evening opening at the Knitting Factory, and, finally, her story from the 2009 Grand Slam “Letting Go,” which is about a secret and I’ll let you find out for yourself what it is.

– J. Rudy Flesher

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  • BEyond Expectations – The Talk: Parents, Sons and the Police
  • Date: March 7, 2019
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Venue: SouthWest CDC
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  • Date: March 26, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
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