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ENT Visit

Good morning,

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.

  1. Drink plenty of water, lukewarm is best. I urge people to drink water when they first wake up in the morning.
  2. Space your speech and rest your voice throughout certain times of the day. Sometimes, it’s best to remain quiet. A person doesn’t have to comment all the time. Silent times should be necessary for teachers, singers, choir directors, voice-over talents, professors (whoever uses their voice consistently for communication).
  3. Get plenty of rest, six to eight hours per day.
  4. Get your exercise.
  5. Eat healthy foods and cook more at home.

These are very simple ideas; however, they work.

For the website of Buckhead ENT; see below:

http://buckheadent.com/

 

 

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Update on VO, Acting, Music Career(s)

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.

  1. voiceover work – I have submitted for narration work to companies that specialize in eLearning and business narrations. I submitted today for upcoming projects. It’s always good to keep marketing yourself regardless or how much or little work you are completing at the moment.
  2. film work – I visited my agent’s new office space yesterday. Kathleen hired a new office manager named Linda, and I hope to book another project soon. My current project on my social media page is called Memoirs of a Godfather, a web series. It was super fun and I play Fran in Goodbyes. Hope to have the project recur soon. It’s on vimeo at the website: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/memoirsofagodfather
  3. music work – I auditioned and became a member of the DeKalb Choral Guild. Our first rehearsal is Monday. I’m glad to sing with the group and they perform interesting choral works. It’s not the typical choral works that I’ve seen in the past. I hope to have a deep fulfilling choral experience with this group for many years. I enjoy singing in the choir. I’m also a choral director as well at a performing arts school. I will enjoy singing under a great group of choral singers.

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.

Kim

 

 

 

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“There Will Come Soft Rains” from Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles read by Leonard Nimoy (RIP)

I was just introduced to the short story read by Leonard Nimoy. He died yesterday on February 27, 2015.

I had a chance meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Nimoy in NYC crossing an intersection at Washington Square Park and W4th Street. I was a student at NYU and it was the summer of 2002 or ’03.

I got to say in 5 seconds that I enjoyed his work. His wife smiled at him as he smiled. I kept walking. You see many famous people walking the streets of NYC. I didn’t know he did a short story (audiobook) on a record until now. Remember records? lol I posted how much that I loved the poem although it’s about devastation. It’s a sad poem and the choral music fits perfectly. I purchased it this year for my choir in SAB from JW Pepper. #sciencefiction #audiobooks #choralmusic #poetry

Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in Audiobooks, Singing/Music, Voice Overs

 

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Jimi Hendrix – The Star Spangled Banner (Live at Woodstock 1969) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

The Star Spangled Banner by Jimi Hendrix in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. May both rest in peace.

Discovered that Jimi’s mom was Lucille Jeter and his dad Al Hendrix was stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Coincidence indeed.

The poem was written by Francis Scott Key and the tune by John Stafford Smith. Just so that no one gets it twisted. Jimi’s version with the exception of Whitney Houston’s RIP is preferred. 😉 Enjoy the day.

 

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Singing/Music, Uncategorized

 

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Working Three Careers Simultaneously

Howdy! It’s been a minute; I should say.

I wanted to explain myself in some way for my ADHD way of doing business: Choral Music Director, VO Actor, and Theatre Educator.

Well you see…Ummm…It’s like this…Oh cut the crap: I enjoy what I do; I live in a right-to-work state; It just happened (similar to a pregnancy); I’m paying the bills; and I have to count my blessings (or curses when I wake up at 4 a.m.).

Yes, I’m awake a 4 a.m.

No, I don’t have ADHD but I have to use time management. When I’m on vacation, I completely shut down. That’s the truth. When I’m working, I don’t stop working. It’s a tough marathon at times but I find ways to refresh my soul for the long haul.

Watching performances in choral music and rehearsals, plays, films, and listening to VO artists help tremendously. The VO business was my way of performing (from home) so that I could contribute my talents when I taught so much during the week (6 days/week). However, time management aside, it’s tough but I can’t complain. Let me explain:

1. I remember graduating from college with a bachelors and could not find a part-time job, even in a bookstore (remember Oxford books in the ATL?). I was turned down. Nowadays, the economy is tough, so that would seem normal. I had to reconsider things.

2. There are very specialized jobs in the arts. It’s not a job that a person can normally apply without experience. That’s with any job. When I was working as a temporary worker, I remember that I was asked about a music question that an office worker thought that I couldn’t answer. The question was fuzzy but the answer was Dvorak. He couldn’t believe it. I knew then and there that I was not meant to work in an office outside of my field. I just didn’t belong there.

3. I was evolving. I had some tough music and drama teachers in my past but I couldn’t quit. I had to keep doing this work. Finally, I decided to take a plunge and go into business myself. It was the hardest thing to do, including switching music jobs at the same time and teaching a new drama class. I don’t recommend all of this at the same time but that’s what I did (or had to do – when it rains – it pours). I had to have some faith (a mustard seed kind of faith) and jump right into the pool, fully clothed (so to speak) or off a cliff (figuratively). It was refreshing but scary AND tough. As they say, the tough keep going.

4. Lastly, people don’t explain these things but here are thoughts to ponder and chew on: Money management, Time management, Work and Personal management have had a triad of imbalances a few times within my day. At one point, I had scheduled on a Saturday, an Honor Chorus with a ATL 365 showcase and a Drama Class (that I had found a substitute for) all on the same day. I needed a little help from my music educator peers with that one. Another Saturday, I had a commercial shoot with my agent with a Theatre Unified Audition in Atlanta, GA. My agent was able to get me to film first, then I could audition for the Unified Auditions later in the day. Scheduling weekday auditions during the school year is non-existent. I work all film auditions during the summer. VO auditions are after work and weekends if needed.

There you have it. I tend to have a personal life. Believe it or not, I’ve always had one too, although it’s normally with people in my field of work. It’s nice to meet other folks in different fields though. I’m able to attend luncheons with small business owners which is nice during the summers or during breaks.

It’s an interesting and fulfilling life but it’s not for everyone. Yes, I have to take care of myself as well. So, this kind of rapid on-the-go schedule will have to slow down eventually. All good things come to an end. When? I’m unsure but I’m starting to see and whisper the word over the horizon: Retirement.

I’m thankful for safety, health, my loved ones, and work that I enjoy. A passionate person is a person who enjoys their work so much that it doesn’t seem like work at all. They give their money and time freely. Although, I have to be careful with people regarding my time management, I enjoy limited scheduled time helping others as well. I normally refer private consulting jobs or private teaching gigs to my peers. You can’t run after money; there is enough good work in the arts for everyone. Trust me, if not, trust God. There is. God will take care of you.

Protecting my voice is what I care about the most, including my health. So I use a Fender Passport Wireless microphone with a speaker. I’ve had it for years. Recently, the microphone broke so it needs replacing. This microphone has protected my voice. I will ALWAYS HAVE to use a microphone in the public education system. It’s vocal insurance.

So there you have it: a workaholic or maybe a person who enjoys their work. When things start to change and it’s time to let go, it’s time. I have no regrets and I enjoy what I do. Hopefully (and prayerfully), people are pleased with my work. Be well.

Kim

 

 
 

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SAG Foundation LifeRaft: Vocal Health and Technique

Educate yourself. Actors have three (3) tools: Body, Voice, and Imagination. If one of these is options is hindered, the actor is unable to fully express oneself. Taped December 10, 2012.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Acting, Singing/Music, Voice Overs

 

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Reflection Day

I’ve said this to a fellow actor: It’s tough to do three performance jobs simultaneously. I’ve asked Jesus for forgiveness in this. The amount of work is extraordinary. However, I’m thankful for these jobs and have to practice daily to stay sharp on the battlefield. I also appreciate knowing that I have limits so that I can have a life. Much love to people who I learn from constantly to help keep my skill sets sharpened. #SAGAFTRA #VO/SINGING COACHES/VO2013ATL #ACDA-NAfME #LittleKidsRock

Thankful that God allows me to do this work and it constantly gives me energy and excites me. Hope others feel the same. The bottom line is that I just had to learn this stuff. Nothing would stop me from learning this information. Really don’t need anymore skill sets except living with a mate. lol Have a blessed day.

Kim

 

 

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