Telling the truth - one personal project at a time.
Once upon a time...
There was a girl who lost her voice. Metaphorically, of course, but literally, too. She couldn't sing or speak without pain, for she was carrying two unspeakable secrets. The sorrow of sexual assault, the shame of an eating disorder. The eating disorder hurt the voice physically, the assault emotionally, and this girl, who was once on her way to becoming a singer/songwriter, lost her way. Temporarily.
What saved her?
We can stop talking in third person now.
My name is Kerri Lowe, but you can call me KAYLO. KAYLO is my nickname, but it's also an acronym. It stands for Keep All Young Loves Open - my mantra of hope, my reminder to create and explore. My favorite places to do this are on stage or on the internet - platforms where telling the truth comes easy. Much easier than in the middle of a crowded party (who are we kidding, you probably won't see me at a party...)
When I lost my voice in 2012, I didn't know what I would do. In fact, I wasn't all that sure I wanted to live. But a mix of out-of-the-blue mentors, collaborators and a still small drum beat of trust within my soul led me to write and speak and perform my way out. Over a two and a half year journey, I created a one woman show of stories and songs about coming of age, including my assault - and through that process, I healed my voice.
Whether it's through spoken word poetry, a song, a speech, a one-woman show, a Youtube video or a Facebook post - I tell the truth onstage and online, one project and one breath at a time.
To express my experience of life authentically and help others do the same. To speak up when I have been trained to be silent, to take risks when I have been told to play it safe, to build a solid foundation of discipline and systems that support the creative life my clients and I aspire to. To find the grain of sand in everything, that irritating itch that makes us pursue questions and projects that make the journey of being alive an worthwhile one. To come clean, cause the cleaner I get is the messiest yet.
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"When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her."
- Adrienne Rich