Kara J Kemp

Storyteller + Coach 

About Me

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Kara J Kemp is a Murfreesboro native with a long history working in visual and performing arts as a former Managing Director of a theatre company, touring crew chief for the hospitality industry and current Ringmaster (aka General Manager) of Tangerine Salon and Spa, one of middle Tennessee's largest Aveda Lifestyle salons named a top salon in the nation for 7 years in a row.  She is the founder and co-producer of a national award winning storytelling event benefiting United Way, called United We Style, as well as co-collaborator and producer of The Bloom Stage, a multi-media storytelling platform encouraging new storytellers to find their voice.


Kara's coaching practice is focused on utilizing the power of story to draw upon balancing artistic inspiration with entrepreneurial aptitudes to build creative leaders and strong cultures.  She is wildly focused on getting people under the fears that hold them back from experiencing the story that calls from within them.  She implements a whole brain approach to develop their unique skills which help discover the story that keeps them motivated.

Creativetude

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"Creativetude" translates for me as a person's creative attitude, which can be used as a driving force behind how people show up in their life!  Connecting creative inspiration in everyday living to our work ethic makes a powerful motivator for living life to it's fullest.  The variety in my career choices has strengthened my belief that creative connection is one of the most powerful tools in our personal tool boxes for professional success. There is a collective power in collaboration and tapping into our creativity.  Everyone has a creative side....most just downplay their abilities because they believe they do not possess 'enough' creativity to be interesting.  


I encourage people to seek out their inspiration and discover their creative voice by teaching them strong organizational foundations, unfolding their story and keeping a soft focus on their overall goals.  Life and the workplace are not separate entities and art will elevate your work. 

Kittens on the Keys

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Kitten on the Keys premiered in August of 2014 at the historic Murfreesboro Little Theatre as an evening of Kara's storytelling interwoven with the musical stylings of Jonny Gowow to sold out houses. The variety show format resonated with audiences as “a unique mix....at once sophisticated and homespun” which explored the complexities and charm of growing up Southern and what we do with our past in order to shape our futures.   

The title for the show originates from a ragtime piano piece her grandmother played up until her 99th birthday.  Kara draws upon her heritage of a long line of fascinating women for her stories and multimedia content dances with her as she spins the fabric of her adventurous life. “It has always been fascinating to me how each person's story transforms and creates ripple effects out to those around them.  It is a powerful moment to be still and allow that wave to rush over and pass through you.”   

Playful as two kittens on the keys, this show embraces the flaws and humor of Southern sensibilities and promises to have you reaching for your kleenex one moment and holding your side the next!

The Underget

To be content, you gotta mine the underget!

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One of the best gifts we possess is to slow down enough to fully engage and connect with our world by standing inside our own story.  Sometimes the only way into our story is to get under it! My husband, Tony Woodall, and I host a series called "The Underget", where we delve into the places in our lives where fear shows up to distract us from living our most truthful life. 

Events

06/20/2019

United We Style: Big Hair, Big Hearts

5:30 pm - 8 pm

The Walnut House Murfreesboro, TN

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06/20/2019

United We Style: Big Hair, Big Hearts

The 6th annual elevated hair show and storytelling event fundraiser benefitting United Way of Rutherford and Cannon County.


5:30 pm - 8 pm

The Walnut House Murfreesboro, TN

06/30/2019

The Power of Your Story

2pm - 5pm

Sinking Creek Farms Murfreesboro, TN

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06/30/2019

The Power of Your Story

Join my 3 hour workshop focusing on how to place inspiration in front of you in order to stay motivated for your goals and the power of your personal narrative.


Workshop Fee: $45

2pm - 5pm

Sinking Creek Farms Murfreesboro, TN

08/03/2019

The Actors Co-op Comeback Cabaret

6pm - 8pm

The Johnson Theatre Historic Rugby, TN

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08/03/2019

The Actors Co-op Comeback Cabaret

Celebrate the end of summer for one raucous evening as the award-winning Knoxville Actors Co-op reunites for a musical tribute variety show paying homage to 1960's Summer Camp talent Shows!


Tickets $10  (Portion of proceeds goes to preserving Historic Rugby.)

6pm - 8pm

The Johnson Theatre Historic Rugby, TN

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Contact Me

For storytelling events and coaching pricing

email: karajkemp@gmail.com



KJ Kemp

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States

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