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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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Men

Okay. Let’s talk about men for a minute.

I LOVE men. Men can be great. Females and Males think differently. I’ll break this down even further.

Relationships in your 40’s. Let me break this down even more.

African-American relationships in your 40s. Let me break this down even more.

Non-committal African America relationships in your 40s. ((sign)) Not pretty.

I’m not sure if it’s a lost cause or what. African-American men and women have the hardest time in the 21st century. Black men don’t seem to want black women. Many women are feeling the lack of love from their own race and thinking colorblind as an option.

I just want to meet the right person for me. It’s been a real challenge.

I’m in a relationship with a man who can’t commit. He’s in his 40s, sad but true: college educated with more degrees than me, raised a great kid. I’m at a loss now. He says that I’m pushing too hard. Hmmm, we’ve known each other for at least 15 years. Really, am I pushing too hard?

Obviously, there is more than I’m saying on my blog. What I really would like to know is this: what happened to African-American relationships? Why did single-parenting take over? African-American families are divided.

I’m sad that I’m unable to meet a successful man as a woman with “no kids,” has material wealth and I’m thankful for my health. I’ve still been unable to meet my match. It’s a shame.

Women are really suffering, especially African-American women in the black mecca called Atlanta. Most women out here feel the pinch. It’s a shame.

Kim

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…

…and I’m finally auditioning for audiobooks! lol

Welcome back to visit my site! I’ve written even less than I normally do since I’ve worked more and more. If you’re visiting for the first time, I’m Kim Geter, owner of Geter Voice Over Services! I multi-task in Atlanta, GA doing choral music and acting for P-12 students. As a talent, I own a voice over biz and audition for my union agents in Atlanta and audition for audiobooks. I’ve just now started auditioning in audiobooks so I’m happy to indulge in all of my foibles and successes, hopefully more of the latter than the former.

More than anything for the new year, I want safety and health for myself and for my family and friends, happiness within, and joy with others in my work with people in my work.

I’ll stop recording by late afternoon to join in more holiday festivities! So, have a wonderful, happy, safe, and merry holiday to you and yours!

Cheers to the New Year!

Kim

 

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Single People’s Problems

Life is interesting.

I’ll say it a little more clearly: LIFE IS (expletive) INTERESTING!!!

A childhood “friend” from Oklahoma apparently sent me a private message via Facebook thinking that I was a homosexual. I didn’t get the message but told her that I hope that it was sent to the right person/people. Then, I went off on Facebook:

WTH?

No. I can see that it can confusing since I’ve been single off and on (mostly off) for many years. However, my friends include homosexual and heterosexual friends. It’s not always easy to tell who’s gay or straight nowadays neither. I’m personally tired of being alone. However, it’s better to cultivate meaningful relationships than idiots who think that complex individuals are easily manipulated into Twitter phrases.

Instead of blaming my family on how I was raised (that men need to get their act together), I’ve accepted responsibility for myself that I also need to get my act together too. My mom is a tough cookie who told me to get it together and take care of yourself. She also told me that it was better to be alone than with a man that doesn’t treat you right and vice-versa! My dad, however, has always been a great dad. I am very fortunate that I have a great relationship with both of my parents, and they have been together for the past 52 years. The marriage gene apparently skipped me though.

Let’s face it. Why are single people alone? For many many reasons: career, divorce, health issues, parental responsibilities for children and/or adults, etc.

Why am I alone? That will call for a therapist (dialing a number…)

Therapy aside, I can see why I got here at this point in my life. I never grew up looking at wedding pictures; it was always about career for me. Do I like it now? Not really. I see the need for changes, but I don’t believe that they will come quickly.

I’ve prayed, gotten girlfriends together, and talked to some men about it. Interestingly enough, I get along very well with men. I get along with men and women. I love connection with a man hasn’t happened. Do I love women? No. I would love what a person stood for and what they were about. Am I bisexual? That’s interesting, but no. I would like to meet the man who I am supposed to be with in the near future. But when?

Well God, the clock is ticking…

I reflect back on my childhood friends who have become grandparents and it’s frightening. WTH happened to us? We are that old that we can become grandparents?

Then, I realize that somehow, I’ve gotten stuck in my lifestyle and can’t get out of it. Something’s amiss and I don’t know at which point the issue lies; where should I point the finger at; whom should I point the finger towards? I can start with myself: I always do.

More importantly, I prefer to remain healthy from STDs and HIV. After all, Atlanta is the gay south. I’m saddened that it has come down to this: single people’s problems.

I met a Caucasian actress who was also an airline stewardess. At the time, we were both single and I asked her, “Why are you still single?” She was an attractive but older woman and she stated, “‘Cause no one asked me yet.”

Since then, I’ve met plenty of single people, mostly performers who are attractive, interesting, and honest people. There are many career minded people out there who haven’t met their mate or more importantly, soul mate. They’ve had plenty of relationships in their past but haven’t settled down. It’s a bit more complicated than most people think it is.

The bottom line is this: Assume means “ass of you and me.” Stop assuming and maybe if you’re good friends with the person, just ask.

Some married women have too much time on their hands more than likely. Leave single people alone and deal with your own personal problems! Stop wishing that you were us! Single folks have enough of their own (drops the mic!).

That’s the end of my rant!

Thanks for listening…(reading actually).

Kim

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Welcome September…

Well, I missed a blog in August 2013. That’s funny since a lot happened; I just didn’t have a minute to write it!

August was unusual in that I had to upgrade skills. It’s always good to upgrade skills. However, I had to upgrade them in Pro Tools for voiceover, so that I could record in audiobooks.

It was daunting since I had to watch eight hours of video, prepare to teach chorus / general music, and teach at the Alliance Theatre my weekend classes. It was a lot of work and I’m realizing that focus is a good thing. lol

It’s a blessing. I watched and re-watched some videos, got what I needed, and I’m recording again. It’s been tough. I’ve had some long days, so I’m writing on September 1, 2013.

Welcome September…glad to see you back!

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2013 in Voice Overs

 

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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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Stevie Vallance Workshop: Animation-Cartoons-Character Work

Stevie Vallance, an Emmy winner, has a lot of information to give about animation, cartoons, and character work.

Check out her work on YouTube:

Stevie’s website is http://www.stevievallance.com

Kim

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2012 in Voice Overs

 

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