2014, it’s about time.

Not that I am counting the minutes, hours or days… 2013 has been pretty great but I am very excited for 2014~

2012 I said good ridden’ to, 2013 was pretty great and now 2014..I can’t help but have higher expectations. It seems like my wishes are being answered. I asked for new opportunities, new doors to open up…they are opening for me.  As the old saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for..because it might just happen”.. Or at least I think that is how it goes.  It seems like it is all happening at once.  So with this New Year, comes a lot of reflection, insight, meditation and trusting my instinct.  Also I am working on prioritizing my time better, saying “no”, and focusing on goals which are most important for this year.  I know one thing for sure.  I love my job in supporting people with disabilities (even though I don’t like the word itself).  Also, I feel increasingly in need of music, lyric writing and recording songs.  Each year I feel a stronger urge to do so.  Music is in my blood.  It is my soul and without it, I feel kind of dull. Hmm that rhymes..Happy New Years from one blogger to another blogger!

Kimberly

It’s been too long…

Always uh, missing ya blog, missing blogger-ville..missing ya!

Always uh, missing ya, blog, blog, blogggggg

Until the next blog post, I will be thinking of ya!

Thinking of ya, thinking of ya

Until the next blog post, thinking of ya… la la la la

That is my quirky mindset tonight.  It is a combination of my late night fatigue, combined with “Old MacDonald Had a Farm Song” that repeats in my head.  Yes I have a two-year old, and no I don’t live on a farm. Just in case you were wondering.  But seriously I do miss posting.

I was going through a transition period in my life and had to put things aside for a while.

But I am BACK and excited to share that I should have the demo of our new song posted this weekend, or next week at the latest.  I am so proud of co-writer, friend and teacher Georgia!  She is very talented and it’s been great working together.  I have a few other creative projects cooking, so stay tuned!

Live. Love. Create

Kimberly

One Moment at a Time

You are probably singing right now…”One moment in time….” but I seriously meant ” One Moment at a Time” as post title.  Why? Because all it takes is one moment in time to realize our true potential.  This Tuesday marked the 3rd week of Core Film Class at Art Sake’s Studio.  I have been enjoying the heck out of this class.  I am learning to trust my impulses in acting and to be more “in the moment”.

This week I am realizing that doors continue to open.  I feel there is limitless possibilities and potential in our world.  Sometimes the doors that open are right in front of our eyes, and we fail to notice for one reason or another.  So that is where “mindfulness” comes in.  When I slow my mind down and focus on the emotions, what is bubbling up under the surface; the answers begin to appear. So I encourage you to do the same.  Go to Google and click on “Guided Imagery”, meditations or take a local yoga class.  It really does make a significant different on your day while also bringing clarity to what is bubbling up.

This week was exciting!  Stay tuned, as my friend Georgia and I just began pre production on our co-write.  We will be posting our new song this summer.  Also, I will be an extra in a local Indie film called ” Hope for Harmony” to be taped this upcoming week.

Not much more to say, as its Friday “Eve”.  We are all tired, right?  Time to renew, repair and reboot for the next week.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

A Week’s Journey

This week was a journey.  It was a journey filled with many emotions.  Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we?  So what is the latest on my artistic pursuit of creative rebellion?  Well, lets see I started film class last week at Art Sake Studio.  Check it out at http://www.art-sake.com/art-sake.com/Home.html.  The class rocks and I already feel like I am learning more than I could imagine from one class.  The class is inspired by one of my favorite author’s Julia Cameron (author of book ” The Artist Way”).  This class encourages its patrons to attend as many auditions as possible in order to unleash the inner artist and to encourage personal growth.  So this Saturday, I went to Full Sail University’s open casting call for local films.  I was expecting to audition for two movies.  However; when I arrived there was a long table set up with about six creative projects including video game auditions.  There was a moment of panic followed by sheer excitement.  I went down the aisle and signed up for each casting available.  There I sat with five clipboards filled with information about each casting, followed by sides.  “Sides”  refers to the specific set of lines from the script of an acting project that your child (or you) must learn prior to an audition.  It took some time to organize all the paperwork, sign the releases and remember which “Sides” belonged to the appropriate paperwork.  I thought,  “If I can figure out how to organize this mess, it’s half the battle.”

I highly recommend auditioning at Full Sail.  The staff was very friendly and the casting directors were also friendly, approachable, and eager to get the best shot.  The directors were professional and provided feedback.  Check out Full Sail’s site at http://www.myspace.com/fullsailcasting.  I was there from 3 pm until 6:30 pm auditioning for five projects.  It was a long wait but worth it.  Why? Because I left with increased confidence.  I felt great about the performances I gave and the courage it took to show up.  So I encourage you to do the same.  Find the courage within to do something you’ve always wanted to do and do it, without question.

Film business has taken the driver’s seat this week.  So last night I changed it up by meeting with a friend and co-writer to solidify our song and to make arrangements to record in the upcoming week.  Cannot wait to share with you!  Mostly, I am feeling very grateful for the support of my husband and family which allows me to go on these auditions.  Our daughter Olivia Daisy always inspires and her smile pushes me onward.

It’s been a week’s journey.  It feels like this is really happening.  That I am becoming the artist I always wanted to be.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

The Latest

After my last blog, I was filled with excitement to sing at Credo Coffee shop.  I had been rehearsing vocal and guitar for over a week in order to perform there for what would be my 2nd time.  The guitar was becoming my friend and I let go of my grudge against it.  You see the guitar and I have a “love/hate” relationship.  But recently I decided to give it another try on my terms.  So when my baby girl fell asleep and with my husband’s support; I practiced chords on guitar and strummed along to my original tunes.  I felt fairly confident that I was ready to showcase my original songs, even if my guitar skills were not perfect.  However, sometimes things happen for a reason.  The weekend prior to open mic, the guitar was not tuned.  I tried tuning it several times, using different tuning methods but was not successful.  I was losing hope and wondered if the guitar was broken.  But really I felt like the broken one because I was so disappointed.  What I really wanted was the last two days (weekend) to rehearse. And well with a baby, various creative endeavors and life; it just didn’t happen.  With that being said, I am glad it did not.  And thankfully, the guitar was fixed.  It turned out that only ONE STRING was out of tune.  But due to limited time and my desire to perform at my best; I chose to sing at next open mic.  I’m thinking about trying out Austin’s Coffee Shop next week.  Sometimes I am too hard on myself.  One missed open mic is nothing in grand scheme of life.  The important thing is that I am playing the guitar and not giving up on this creative growth.

Sometimes the unexpected actually turns out to be a great thing! So after my disappointment, I set my mind on the next creative goals.  And with a tuned guitar, I felt that opportunities were endless.  Then I got a phone call from my agent.  She wanted to submit me as print model for Scholastic Books catalog.  I was excited and of course said “Yes!”.  I booked the job and arrived at Scholastic Books on Thursday.  It was such a positive experience and the team of artists, directors and photographer were professional.  This is another experience that reaffirmed my love of entertainment field.  I enjoy print modeling as much as acting and singing.

It just goes to show you that sometimes change is a GREAT thing and that unexpectancies can be GREAT.  Here are some quotes that I stumbled upon when looking up “unexpectancies, change.”

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” -Anonymous

“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” -Deepak Chopra

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” -C.S. Lewis

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe

“If what you’re doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose.” Unknown

Be Well and have a fantastic weekend!

Kimberly

Open Mic Round 2

This Monday I will be singing for the 2nd time after a long break (post baby).  I’m excited and surprised myself recently when I picked up the guitar again (literally).  I have a love/hate relationship with the guitar.  It dates back to many guitar lessons, in which I didn’t feel I was learning the guitar in the way “I should”; as dictated by teachers.  So I learn differently and needed the teacher’s “style” to adapt.   Several of my music teachers were unwilling to find a method that worked for me, rigidly wanting to stick to their own style.  So after a few attempts to privately train; I decided to teach myself.  So far so good.  I know a few guitar chords and can strum, so this is a start.  Monday night, I will be singing original lyrics and strumming my guitar at a local coffee shop.  It shall be fun!

Lately, I have been very inspired by consistently saying my “thank you’s” about everything in this life.  I’m thankful for every bite of delicious food, the home I live in, the baby and family I have.  Its being as grateful for the small things, small moments as I am for the bigger things and bigger moments.  As I give more gratitude, I feel more positivity and it magnifies in expected and unexpected ways.  That’s the best way I know how to describe the feeling.

Well keep on giving and stay tuned for my new original songs/lyrics to be posted.

Be Well,

Kimberly

Gratitude

The Magic has begun!  If you did not read my previous blog, allow me to bring you up to date.  I have been reading “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrnes.  It is truly inspiring me to do more, be more, share more.  I highly recommend this book, if you haven’t already figured that out. LOL.  Anyways, I miss writing to you; my invisible blogger and fans.

So here is the latest on my artistic journey, in case you are wondering.  I have been researching the top recording studios in Central Florida. So far I have narrowed my search to a select few.  This week I will be touring facilities and making a decision about where to record the latest song (a co-write).  Please stay tuned, as I will be posting this song.  Also, I am preparing for next open Mic night in College Park.  Although I am not a professional guitarist; I will be attempting to learn as many chords, and strum like crazy for the next two weeks in order to be ready for open Mic. I have vowed that if I do not feel confident in my amateur guitar skills; nothing will stop me from singing.  So, I will be singing Acapella.

“Come hell or high-water” (I think that is how the saying goes; I will continue to push forward with my singing/acting and entrepreneurship.  This journey has not been an easy one as I have been challenged by adversities.  However, it is the resilience, determination and passion which I truly feel will lead me in best direction and create success along the way.

It is the journey not the final destination that really matters after all.  I’m enjoying the small moments, the precious ones with our daughter Olivia and being grateful for this life.  I’m truly grateful for you, my invisible readers. Although I cannot see you;  I know you exist.  Thanks for your comments and feedback.

Be Well and Give Gratitude,

Kimberly

Open Mic !!!

Hi Everyone!!!!

It’s been awhile since I have written…well not too long.   I wrote blogs for sixty days.  However, I promised myself that after the sixty days; I’d only post relevant information to my writing, singing and acting.

So here is the latest news.  I performed at Open Mic night for Credo Coffee Shop last Monday evening in College Park, Florida.  My family and friends supported me in many ways.  I asked my parents to babysit and I had sisters/friends who came out to root me on.  I was overcome with gratitude for their support.  Below is a peak at the YouTube clips of two songs I wrote.

First song: No Home Without You (Co Written: Kimberly Beaman and Susie Foster-Trewick; Vocals by Kimberly Beaman) Copyrights 2013

http://youtu.be/HMeskmKya9Q

Second Song: Just One Tear (Lyrics and Vocals by: Kimberly Beaman) Copyrights 2010

http://youtu.be/7Ur1ItL4oVg

Looking forward to more open mic nights!! Thanks for viewing!

Kimberly

Day 56 Atypical Monday

Mondays are usually for chores which typically include house cleaning, reorganizing and cleaning baby items, cooking etc…However, I decided to “change it up” Monday.  I spent Monday doing visualization exercises, vocal warm-ups, resting and even went to my first open mic night at Credo Coffee Shop in College Park.  I truly enjoyed attending open mic night.  There was exceptional talent.  This coffee shop is devoted to community service and even offers a “price range” for select beers, coffee and teas.  There is a menu that lists a price range per item.  You are asked what price you want to pay for each item purchased.  Pretty cool! I noticed that people tended to donate high rather than low.  Perhaps, because you are not forced to pay a specific price.  Also the consumer knows payment supporting local coffee shop and community service organizations.  So it’s all good!

Check out Credo Coffee Shop at http://www.downtowncredo.com/

Not much more to say about Monday.

Cheers,

Kimberly

Day 42 President’s Day

Happy President’s Day!  Today started off on the sluggish side. Why? Because I was recovering from a long weekend of fun and productivity.

Highlights for today:

* I continued the process of co-writing song with a new friend.  It is a song we are both enthusiastic about.  The song is looking better and better each time we co-write.  (We will reveal song when finalized)

* My family and I enjoyed an afternoon relaxing in Central Park and lunch at the Power House Cafe in downtown Winter Park.  I usually get the hummus and tabouli wrap but this time, I craved the falafel sandwich.  It may sound odd, but I need ketchup with it.  Power House Cafe has something for everyone.  The smoothies are to die for.  They are blended with natural, healthy ingredients without added sugar.  I tried the chocolate Almond Smoothie. Yummy!  Check out the menu at http://www.powerhousecafe.com/ .   We even ran into previous neighbors.  Olivia was over joyed about seeing her first crush.  They hugged for what seemed to be five minutes, played ball and said “zoom zoom” to toy trucks.

* Right before bed, I do the usual routine.  I pick up my daughter’s toys off the living room floor, placing them in the appropriate place.  Usually I do this, halfway asleep, ready for bed.  But this night was different.  Yes I was still sleepy however, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with love, joy and gratitude for doing this simple act.  In that moment, I felt so proud to be a mom to Olivia Daisy.  I thought “This is the joy of being a mom.”  It’s not exciting to pick up toys.  But these toys are the ones my daughter loves and plays with.  She is learning and growing daily.  In that moment I felt so lucky and proud of her and this role as mom.

Be Well,

Kimberly Beaman

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