I had the chance to catch up with the phenomenally talented traveling poet/entertainer, KeSera. In this brief Q&A she shares her insight on utilizing the gift of creativity and using personal struggle to propel towards triumph while encouraging others along the way.
Achickwitbeatz: Who is KeSera?
KeSera: My name is a funny story. I used to be a rapper. I was noticed by a well known DJ in Chicago named Titan. When he first heard me rap, he loved it and asked me did I have a stage name. I didn't so he came up with Krazy Kase. LOL I used to LOVE THAT NAME. I went on to record music under that name and as I got older I eventually dropped the "Krazy" and kept Kase. Me being who I am, I wanted my name to have a meaning so as I matured in life I changed it to KeSera. You can still call me KeS (Kase) for short and KeKe; which is another child hood/professional nickname. I was able to keep my identity in this name. Its symbolism is so deep and free that it also prohibits me from being put into a box as its meaning, when spelled in its natural form, is "whatever will be will be". Thanks Doris Day for the idea. I felt that the name fit me well.
Achickwitbeatz: When did you discover your love for poetry?
KeSera: I was always a writer. As I stated above I started as a rapper. I was forced to walk away from the business to raise my son and to finish up school. Not until my play sister, Brianna Bri Eazy Olgesby, told me to come to an open mic at this place called Jus Joking, didn't even know I knew how to do spoken word. I was just reciting a rap I had at the time; just slowed it down to fit the venue. As I began to venture out into it a little more, I was awarded many different stages and the RESPONSES from event goers had me stuck! I mean, they were in tears about how my stories of survival has given them a new view on how to deal with their own personal situations. SUCH A BLESSING! I then began to use it as therapy for self. I get to be me when I do poetry, not too many expectations outside of be on time and prepared to spit and any given...lol I seriously cant see myself without it at this point. IT's a connection with God that Ive missed so long in my personal life.
Achickwitbeatz: What would you say is the most valuable thing you've learned since you began performing?
KeSera: BE ACCOUNTABLE for your words and actions. IT is a gift to be able to lead and seed through both so you have to be careful what message you are sending. Always be prepared for any and all unforeseen things. Its rough out here. I was surprised to find that its just as cut throat as the rap game but as long as you walk in God's purpose, then you should be all good.
Achickwitbeatz: What are 5 skills/attributes that would place an artist in your top 10 list?
Insight (what did I learn from your piece)
Captivation (were you able to keep me interested)
Confidence (do you believe in self)
Achickwitbeatz: Conversely, what are 5 attributes that would place an artist at the very bottom of your list?
KeSera: OVERLY COCKY/EGOS
Poor Research/Incorrect facts
Timid on the mic
LAZY, LAZY LAZY (always want someone to give an opportunity and never want
to work for it)
Did I say COCKY lol
Achickwitbeatz: What's next on the horizon for Ke Sera?
I am really taking my time in this. Getting my feel for the genre as a whole. I am currently under artist management with Strawberri Taylor and can be seen performing across the country for her show Verbal Intercourse; which is one of the hottest Erotic Poetry shows in the country. I am also performing personalized pieces for weddings, bridal showers, birthdays etc and want to expand in that as the response and love shown is so fulfilling. I ultimately want to become a public speaker using poetry as a base in discussion. The rest, you have to wait for as God told me to keep it under wraps until its time for it to materialize so you will have to hang around to find out. :) I really want to be a voice for the people and say them in the words the people think and feel. God is doing a mighty work in me and for that, I say thank you cuz mannnn, HIS vision for me is so profound. HE'S PREPARING ME :) I plan on retaining my membership with POET (People of Extraordinary Talent) as it feeds the community aspect. Community Service is a must so I will be looking for other ways to expand in that area as well. IT's hard where I live and I really can't afford nothing but my time so POET allows me to do just that...UNTIL what's for me manifests.
Achickwitbeatz: How can people connect with you and stay current with what you have in the works?
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