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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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Busy is Good as long as Money is Made

Happy Halloween!

My comments for today is in regards to remaining busy.

I’ve been busy. Busy is my middle name. However, I didn’t always make money.

I took several classes. I’m a forever student and love to learn. However, most times, a person needs to focus on making money for the bottom line.

Have you been busy but not making money? Change that and refocus your time where it counts.

Have a blessed holiday season. Halloween starts the official holiday season!

Kim

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Cutting Down Trees; Building Gardens

Greetings!

There has been many events that have occurred this summer (not to mention US events like marriage equality and Obama care).

Life has been a wild ride! Enjoying the ride with its crazy and life altering changes. I’m still here; that’s what matters.

1. I start a new job with a performing arts school. Glad to join the faculty.

2. Booking union VO gigs via the website and word of mouth including the Voxy Ladies website. Glad to book as a union talent in a right to work state. The non-union talents are killing it due to lower rates. However, I’m well and glad for that as a union talent.

3. Got a roommate. We were both theatre majors so we have things in common.

4. Graduated from bartending school. I learned a new skill. Actually, my roommate and I both went. We’re having private parties for friends. Will work event gigs on the weekends as well if needed. Glad for the new skills for a few gigs.

5. Met my favorite playwright, Pearl Cleage, and choral composer, Roger Emerson, this summer for workshops.

6. A theatre owner passed away who hired me as an actor many years ago, S Craig McConnell. It was unexpected. I went to see him in the hospital and later to his funeral. Others passed as well, however, I didn’t know her, Jo Noonan.

7. On the mend from unexpected outpatient surgery. Life is interesting.

It seems that I’ve been cutting down trees to reach a destination. I’m ready to plant gardens and stay awhile. The work is continuous and I’m glad for the work. My goal is to work smarter, not harder. A life in the arts is not for the faint hearted. Diligence, passion, exercise, perfect practice, and reflection is a part of it. Ask for forgiveness if you asked too much. It’s a calling and few are chosen. I’m thankful to remain. Want excellent work sent from me. It’s not about the money but I’m worth every penny! 😉

I’m slowing down a bit. However, I’m building more meaningful relationships. If you are reading this post, then thanks for being here. I don’t have nor want a lot of readers. It’s not a popularity contest. My blog has become a reflective personal journey which includes info on the arts, specifically VO. It’s become more personal than what I have expected. I’ll post more VO related (and arts related info soon).

Until next time,

Enjoy Life, Life is to be enjoyed!

Kim

 

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Dreams

There are many great speeches and songs about dreams, for instance, “I Have a Dream” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and “I woke up this morning with my mind on freedom..”

I woke up this morning myself dreaming very specifically. I don’t mind sharing my dream. It’s very specific, and lately, they usually are.

My dream was about my voice teacher Miss Florence Kopleff. We visited each other. We were outside walking. You see later in life, she could barely walk. I think that a leg was amputated from what I heard but she could walk briskly with me. We had a very nice conversation. She was my voice teacher at GSU in the late 80s and early 90s. We spoke about our time there. I didn’t tell her but she knew about my new position at the performing arts school that I will be at as faculty in the Fall.

We were able to honestly discuss my work at GSU as a student. You see, we didn’t get along as teacher and student. She was a screamer and I always shut down which I believed hindered my growth as a vocal student. I moved on to another studio after undergrad in college and did fine afterwards. However to this day, I don’t like people screaming at students even if they are passionate: I hear the scream but not the meaning behind the words.

You see: Miss Kopleff was a gifted singer. However, I had trouble learning from her. I should have went to another voice studio but I wasn’t placed in one. I wasn’t the only student who had trouble with her. I saw students walk out of her studio before. The personalities crashed, even with the best singers.

When she died, I hated her. I have since accepted my responsibility as a student in her vocal studio and asked forgiveness from God and moved on. However, maybe she knew that and we were able to speak honestly and freely with each other.

She told me what not to do and some of my issues in the past. I also spoke about my MA work later in life. We were walking the whole time outside in what seemed to be Washington D.C.

I asked if she wanted a cupcake. For some reason, I was thinking three cupcakes for Miss Kopleff, myself, and a third (maybe for Robert Shaw, the great ASO conductor).

I couldn’t think of the word: Sprinkles which is a cupcake company but could come up with the word, Cami-Cakes: go figure.

We stopped at an outside eatery. We met these young boys all in a straight line in front of us and one teenager in the middle called out Miss Kopleff by name: it was Pres. John F. Kennedy, Jr. However, he was a young kid in high school. He spoke to Miss Kopleff directly. Then, Pres. Jimmy Carter spoke to us. He was closer to me. Their features were very clear. These were young boys or teenagers. He was also a young kid, a teenager. He was to the right of Pres. JFK, Jr. a few boys were seated, then Pres. Jimmy Carter was seated. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was about 8-9 years old to my far left with a few (maybe two or three all together) other African-American boys. They seemed to be the only African-Americans there. In my Spirit or Soul, I knew who he was but it was not spoken aloud. He was giggling with some of his friends.

There was a whole line of young boys from what I could see in a straight line talking (some to her or us directly) as I was standing next to Miss Kopleff. Then, I woke up.

That was ten minutes ago since I wanted to preserve this dream in my blog and type it for posterity.

Maybe Miss Kopleff wanted to speak with me and knew that I had laid my issue with her to rest. She also knew my future and was happy for me although she never mentioned it.

I purposefully didn’t write everything that we spoke about since that is between us. Miss Kopleff will remain one of the most influential people in my personal development. I learned a lot of what I like and didn’t like as a student and now as a faculty member in the performing arts.

May she rest in peace, and may I move forward with great work in my present and future. I’ve accomplished great work in my past with multi-cultural and Latino students for the past twenty years. I’m happy to work with performing arts students in my future.

Ms. Geter

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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InMotion Hosting

Good morning! Unfortunately by chance, I checked on my website getervoiceovers dot com and it had expired. I have another one that I always view called KimberlyGeter dot com. So, I called my hosting service InMotion Hosting to check on the issue since I had paid for the service to 2016. Today, I was told that my website was recovered and it will be 4-24 hours to come back up. Wow. So, unfortunate InMotion Hosting. They are normally on top of their game. This was an epic fail but it will work out as I was told. Check your websites everyone. Even if you’ve paid for the service, you never know until you check to make sure everything is working. Check the website if you have time and let me know. I’m getervoiceovers dot com.

Kim

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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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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