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Billy Densmore, a Reflection, Class of ’89

Hello!

It’s been a very long time since I’ve written in my blog. I have decided that writing each month with nothing to say wasn’t satisfactory for me. When I did have something to say, it was really a personal reflection that may or may not have anything to do with the entertainment industry.

So, I have taken to write less and less. However, I want to take time to remember an important person that many people in my class at Northside School of the Arts have mentioned lately in the news, for instance, Erika Girardi aka Erika Jayne from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and RuPaul which are both graduates of Northside High School.

My story comes into view in the summer of 1988 when my parents and I were on vacation in Atlanta. My parents are from Newnan and Franklin, GA and we would come every summer on vacation. This summer, my dad was retiring from the military as Command Sergeant Major (CSM) with the 4×4 field artillery with 27 years of experience, and he was moving back home to Georgia from Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

I loved to audition and was taking voice lessons from Mrs. Doris Lambert from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma and piano from Yuki Walker from my hometown. I had an interest in drama and was in Bye Bye Birdie as Rosie in the 8th grade at Tomlinson Jr. High School. I had brought my 24 Italian Arias with me on vacation.

My dad was on the phone and mentioned to me that I needed to leave now for an audition at Northside School of the Arts.  My dad, CSM (Ret) Artie C. Geter, had talked to his friend, Judge Clarence Thomas, and he said that I should audition for that school.  Dad called the school and they were leaving for Europe that very day and I needed to get there now before they left for Europe to audition since we were leaving back to Oklahoma and wouldn’t get back in time to audition for enrollment.

We left in a hurry and I decided to sing two songs: “Alma del Core” by Antonio Caldara. I don’t remember the other song.  I auditioned before Mr. Densmore and all the kids that were leaving for Europe in the chorus room that day.  I got some hand claps from the kids and left.  Later, I found out that I had gotten into the school.

This was the best thing that my dad had done for me.  Later, I asked him why did he decide to retire before my senior year in high school since I was with my friends from kindergarten to junior year. I wanted my dad to apologize, but he refused. My dad refused to apologize for anything and said that this was the best thing that he could have done for me, and he was right.

I look back at this with acquaintances and friends from this school and hear about the great things we are still doing years later: Travis Payne, choreographer for Michael and Janet Jackson before MJ’s passing; Erika Girardi aka Erika Jayne who at 35 created her alter ego that would contribute to nine #1 hit singles and a stint on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Elaine Hendrix, actress in television and films including many wonderful professionals across the world.

I heart my friends back in Oklahoma including Will Shields, retired Guard for the Kansas City Chiefs who invited me to his induction into the Football Hall of Fame, and James Trapp (my high school crush) who earned the Super Bowl ring from the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 and won a gold medal in the Olympics in 1993 for the 200 meter dash in 20.60 seconds including many friends from my hometown.

I had the best of both worlds: football players in choir in Oklahoma (Will Shields) and a great pre professional artistic experience at a high achieving performance arts school.

The last time that I saw Mr. Densmore was at my ten year class reunion in 1999 (yes, we partied to the song by Prince, RIP, especially me).

However, Mr. Densmore would say that he was going to die. Mr. Densmore contracted the HIV virus that causes AIDS. The ten year class reunion would be the last time that I would see him.

I did see Erika Girardi in a commercial flight from NYC with her mom and son who was about ten to twelve years old at the time with my parents returning to Georgia in 2005. I had graduated from NYU and we mentioned about life goals then. She was thinking about going back to school or doing something more with her life (of course, it wouldn’t be school but a music career); I would see Travis Payne at the 10 and 20 year class reunion and in the DVD of This Is It tour video before Michael Jackson died, RIP; I saw Elaine Hendrix in a play in 2010 while I was visiting and auditioning in voice overs, going to the VOICE convention in Beverly Hills and auditioning for film auditions at the time.

I now teach as a choral director and music educator at the DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts.  The DeKalb School of the Arts and DESA will merge together as one school, P-12 as a performance magnet school in about five to seven years.

Mr. Billy Densmore, RIP, would be proud of his high achieving students. We remember and pay our tributes to him. I hope that he’s looking at us fondly. Mr. Densmore definitely had an influence on our lives. We contribute much of our training and success as a reflection today because of him.

Kim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Redcliffe: The Adventures of Two Southern Girls by Kathryn B. Hauer, narrated by Kimberly Geter

A YA historical fiction novel about two best friends in two different centuries: the 1840s Antebellum South and the present day, Kimberly Geter, narrator.

Available now via Audible, Amazon, or iTunes.

Thanks for listening! Hope everyone is having a positive year! Kim

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2017 in Audiobooks, Uncategorized

 

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Haiku for the Holidays

Happy Holidays!

Stay happy, strong, and healthy

I love you very much!

Kim

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Home for the Holidays

Good evening!

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.

Kim

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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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The Triple Threat…Really?

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.

Remain well,

Kim

 

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Resolutions…

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.

  1. I’m 45 years old, never been married and don’t have children. I would have liked to have had a kid. However, I probably won’t adopt and reproduction for its own sake is not high on my list. If possible, a kid needs two parents, preferably male and female. If the diagram doesn’t fit, oh well. Love matters the most.
  2. I’m not gay.
  3. I believe in Jesus but if you don’t, I don’t hold it against you. Judgement comes from God and actions speak louder than words.
  4. I feel closer to God when singing. I understand human nature more and myself when acting. It’s similar to the nave (cross) for me. My voice represents my spirit. If rejected in auditions, I can’t hold it against you:  the client (s).
  5. I’m a free spirit (I recently discovered this. I don’t know why it took so long to understand this.)
  6. I have to watch my weight. Looks are important to me. Unfortunately, I can be judgemental as the public when it comes to appearance. That’s shameful of me. However, it’s an honest assessment of myself. Your truth is more important. Ignore us if you don’t fit people’s expectations of beauty due to weight, including beauty, intelligence, fame, education, or money. Accept yourself.
  7. I accept myself flaws and all. I choose to remain positive as a person but trust my instincts. The world is a dangerous place in every part of society. I’m not a fan of my “truth” hurting others or myself. Safety first. Naïveté isn’t acceptable, so I’m not immune to criticism. My hope is that my joy remains intact through it all.
  8. I’m pro-life for myself but don’t believe in subjecting my belief on others due to the law. Every woman has the right to choose what they want for their own body, so I’m pro-choice too. How can that be?
  9. I can accept the fact that marriage may not be in my future and I don’t mind if I never marry. It’s better to live happy alone than miserable with a person that I don’t like for the sake of security.
  10. Security is a myth. If you live long enough, life teaches you to live on your own terms. You live and die in your own skin. I appreciate my own choices and living my truth. The truth will set you free. Acceptance from others if not living your truth, doesn’t make you free; it binds you in a lie. Your truth is more important than my acceptance. Let God remain the judge.

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.

Love, Kim

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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