Stay happy, strong, and healthy
I love you very much!
Stay happy, strong, and healthy
I love you very much!
I am writing this post as a reflection. This is not the typical happy post that the title implies. This title was based on the sermon for a funeral today to celebrate a music teacher’s homecoming. Our wonderful friend died while on a Thanksgiving cruise, living the life that she dreamed.
I posted on Fakebook aka Facebook today but deleted it. My thoughts would probably untangle in a blog post better than upset my colleagues and friends who were at the service.
I contemplate death during the holidays, anytime really. This was the fourth music educator to die during service during my tenure. After the funeral, I just rested and reflected about this today since I really don’t have much time to reflect that much.
What does it mean to die before retirement? Are you living the life that you dreamed? My hope is yes. Contemplating my existence, I can say that I am doing what I enjoy. I’m not for everyone. I consistently stay busy; however, it’s been awhile since I’ve booked gigs. Hopefully, that will change soon. I’ve gone back to class and taking my time exploring and submitting quality auditions. Booking union jobs is much harder and creating your own jobs take time. Grateful that I do multiple creative outlets.
Blessed are the creatives who pursue and achieve the life of their dreams and desires.
At the end of the day, I create; however, I am a teacher. My salary supports me creatively all day long. I’m thankful for that too. However, the math slapped me in the face as it usually does. I entered the teaching profession at 24 and will hopefully leave at 54. That’s tough to know that I won’t be a young woman at all. Youth is in the mind. However, I gasped at my own situation. My youth was spent doing things that I enjoyed and I’m forever grateful to earn a living at it. It was tough at times. God placed me in a wonderful position that I’m forever grateful; I work in a performing arts school and it’s a gratifying place to work for a creative.
Death. Life. (in reverse). Are you and I living the life that you dreamed? I can’t speak for the after life. We are not in it. However, let’s live in hope and happiness today and everyday. Live the life of your dreams.
It’s really up to us.
I had an ENT visit yesterday that I can share with you.
The ENT (ears, nose, and throat) is also called an Otorhinolaryngologist.
I wanted to check my vocal folds (term also used is vocal cords) to see if there was anything that I should be concerned about. I had overused my voice on a particular day and since I’m in a choral group, teach choir to young singers, speak as a voice-over talent, act, and sing at times, it was time for a check-up.
The specialist was great. I highly recommend Buckhead ENT in Atlanta, GA.
If you’ve never been to an ENT, I procedure is not painful. However, it is uncomfortable.
Spray goes into your nostril on both sides. A tube with a light at the end is inserted into one nostril down to your vocal folds.
I was asked to hum, sing a high sound, ascend and descend vocally so that full coverage could be viewed.
I had gone to the PCP earlier due to my throat issue and discovered that I had acid reflux. The ENT did see redness due to the acid reflux. However, my vocal folds were fine, yay!
There are many issues that can occur as a vocalist, speaker, and teacher. I encourage people to take care of your voice with simple things.
These are very simple ideas; however, they work.
For the website of Buckhead ENT; see below:
Good Sunday Afternoon!
It’s been an interesting long hot summer with the 2016 election. Hopefully, it will be over soon whether we like the result or not. Please vote!
My posts are updates as a talent.
That’s the completion of my status at this time. A film project is complete and I hope to finally complete my audiobook project in September 2016. I will write an update on that project next.
Enjoy your life. You only live once.
It’s been five months since I last wrote on my blog. It was a purposeful decision. I really didn’t have much to say during these five months that wasn’t totally about me dealing with personal issues. I’m moving beyond the personal and back to the professional to some degree today. It’s been a purification of water, fire, air, and dirt (thrown in my face). I’ve been extremely blessed to work in a performing arts school that’s about five minutes from home which is beyond cool and extraordinary. There are constant performances in choral and instrumental music with my students including drama, dance, and art. I’m eternally grateful to become a part of the faculty.
Today’s purpose is about voice-overs as a union talent in a right to work state. I was sent a non-union voice-over audition from my agent in FL who knows that I’m a union actor. Heck, I have SAG-AFTRA on my website. So, I’m being tested to check if I will do a non-union gig under the table. That is the only rationale that I can think of at this point since they needed decent, good, or great African-American women to submit the audition and send that baby to the client. Apparently, I passed the test of “decent” enough that they wanted me to submit.
(Sigh)……I have the desire to post on my Facebook and biz pages that I do not accept non-union work since my agent is on my friend’s list. That is just a reminder to them. However, no, I will not. They know. I’m just being tested.
So, I’m sending my a$$ to Nancy Wolfson to become more bad-a$$ and see if I can book the gigs that I hope she sends my way and book the sh!*&t out of them. After that, I’m sending my a$$ to Celia Siegel for marketing help.
If a talent chooses Fi-Core, then fine. However, I’m not Fi-Core. I get plenty of non-union auditions daily. I don’t do them. I audition as a union talent. I’m sharing this since a talent has to stand up for what they believe in doing. Morals trump money (so that’s why I’m broke…hmmm). Most of the time, it’s the other way around. I’ll keep my morals (thank you God). If I want more money, I don’t prostitute. I work as a bartender or pet sitter or teach music/drama lessons if I need more money. We all need more money. However, I’ve come to realize the whore side of this business. It’s not for children and yet child actors need protection as well. It’s a crazy, ruthless, stab-you-in-the-back-kind of business. Yet, I have some morals that I choose to keep. I intend to keep them (praise God) and will work towards that end.
So, I’m working now locally and my auditions have improved. I’ll continue to work hopefully with sessions when I can afford them with Nancy Wolfson and company (Jeff who?). It’s a matter of showing up and showing out.
Parents beware. Raise your children to become excellent people first. If they want to work in the arts, they will find their way. Raise your child and pray for them daily.
Meanwhile, be bad-a$$. That’s what this takes. I don’t know how the ending will come out. However, nothing less than your best will do. Get the best and do your best.
Today is the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
Thank you for following this blog to the small group out there that has done so. If you stumbled on this blog, welcome to my little world at GVOS and Me. You’re appreciated much more than you know.
Today, I want to share my thoughts (I do more of this than anything else), about the triple threat talented person in the arts.
It’s wonderful to have many talents. My thoughts come from protecting your talent and cultivating it at the same time.
It takes money, time, and continuous effort to hone the skills needed for a triple threat. However, you can negate them all at once if you don’t take the time to practice, get your rest, exercise, cultivate, pay for the expertise and skills from masters that you admire. Is it really a triple threat if you don’t take care of your instrument, body, and health? Is working too much too much for you?
I like well-rounded individuals. However, there comes a time when you have to say to yourself when and where should a person focus in their careers. A person should want a family and cultivate healthy relationships with friends and co-workers.
Whatever your triple threat was or has become, maybe reconsider your goals, objectives, skill sets with the time, money, and patience that’s involved. I’ve said that I’ve asked for forgiveness about asking to become a triple threat in my past. I concentrate on music (choral directing/singing), acting (film), voice overs (long form narration). I’ve done more in music than in any other discipline. However, I need to focus on my acting and VO as well. They are part-time disciplines while I still need to practice on my music (while earning money too, whew). I need rest, patience, and refueling of my desires to continue in the arts. If you’re not recognized for your talents, what does that mean? Are you really talented or wearing yourself out for no reason whatsoever (just asking the tough questions…).
I have to take one day at a time. Hopefully, those many days will produce more product for myself and my talents. Also, I have to say that if God really wants me to continue in these talents, show me the way. There are times that I’m at a loss for direction. However, I’m glad to listen for it from the sources that are positive for me.
What about you? I tend to hash out my belief system on here with inner conflicting questions no doubt. Sometimes, questioning then action remains helpful in one’s journey.
If you are a triple threat, good for you. If you have one talent that you’re good at, good for you. The one benefit of being a triple threat is that when one area becomes static, you can switch to another area to focus on that feeds back to the original talent. Disciplines feed off each other. You also might have other sources of revenue stream as well. However, do you really become a master in that area? It takes a lifetime to become a master unless you’re born a prodigy.
Think and ponder, then get back to work. If you enjoy what you do, that’s half the battle in one’s life solved.
Happy New Year 2016!
First… I do not usually create New Year’s resolutions. However, I do have some thoughts about the New Year that I would like to share…be yourself.
We keep our true selves hidden from others. If you have committed a crime, then I can see why. Jokes aside, we change ourselves to gain acceptance for more friends, fame, money, etc.
Who are you? What are your interests? What do you like or dislike? In simplest terms this is basic. However, we are very afraid to remain ourselves to the outside world due to criticism. No one enjoys criticism so we shun our personality from the world which includes social media.
I don’t know how long that I will continue to post. I do not seek attention although I have a business and am in the entertainment field. I need to make a living but want a life. However, these are some things that I will share on social media. I’m going rogue but here it is.
These statements may or may not matter to people. I would like to make money blogging but I’m not interested in mass acceptance by the public: so my bad, oh well. If you want, you can send me one dollar via PayPal. I’m joking but not really. I can accept a gift if I helped in any way. lol
Unfortunately, this blog has been more about me and reflection than GVOS. Fortunately, I’ve kept to my premise based on the title of this blog and have kept up with the writing. I impressed myself this time. Maybe you will also find something that interest you and keep it up as well. If it doesn’t serve you, let it go. I will work on the same principle. Also, I won’t let fear keep me from trying new things. If I make a discovery, I’ll share it.
Enjoy your life. I will take one day at a time. Life is too short for nonsense. Be you and the best that you can be. Happiness is a choice.