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Kimberlie Dykeman ART: the perfect, original holiday gift

The world doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do.”   ~ Pablo Picassopage-0

ART REFLECTS LIFE- BUY SOME!!! I know so many folks who, like me, attend art shows and market events and rarely pick up a piece for their own homes or as gifts. Over the years I have added to my own collection with prints, etchings, ceramics, glasswork-you name it. I have also GIVEN art (and not just my works!)- and the reaction from friends and family is priceless every time. ART REFLECTS LIFE- and touches people’s hearts like nothing else.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Gift cards are crap. Anyone can give an Amazon card or sweater or restaurant certificate. BE MEMORABLE! Invest in some art! I’ll help you! Here’s a coupon to my current listed completed works… I’ll even apply it to a commissioned piece you may elect to have me create.

HOLIDAYGIFTSALE2014 15% off $100 or more.  Peruse and get creative!   www.etsy.com/shop/kimberliedykeman

Happy Holidays!

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Getting back to business: on the road to recovery

In a recent post I chose to spill the beans about my battle with mercury poisoning, wherein toxic levels of mercury from fish (and God knows what else) have taken have taken their toll on my physical health and mental capabilities.  The journey to reclaiming my total wellbeing is still an uphill challenge but I am happy to feel so much more engaged with LIFE!  And that includes my CAREER!  (After all, KD ain’t a trust-fund-baby nor lottery winner… plus I love being an entrepreneur!)

Reevaluating the important things in life and what I want to accomplish next though my business as a whole was a recurring effort last year that had me spinning in circles much of the time.  It wasn’t until just a few months ago that I felt a new awakening and slow-growing clarity around what I really want NOW and how do things a little differently.  Admittedly, this is still on-going, and I’m sure you can dig why… there’s a boatload of mossed-over stuff to sift out when you step back!  All this said, I am committed to being an active, connected and (hopefully) inspiring citizen again and look forward to sharing the results both in the virtual and real world.  (There are a few surprises just around the corner!)  Thanks to everyone who was there for me and who continue to support me!  Here’s a little reminder to those who are also going through rough times…

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.”     ~ Gospel of Thomas, the Bible

 Our entire lives, we’re consumed with acquiring “the right gear” to survive “the game of life.”  We prepare for rough terrain, erratic weather, restless natives, and, of course, limited supplies!  Then we create safe havens in which to hide and hoard our gear.  It’s always all about “the stuff’ you can “stuff” around you.  Yet, when it comes down to brass tacks, the toys and tools aren’t your saving grace.  What is…is the “stuff” within you.  Gut instincts, a sense of humor, personal faith, the drive to succeed, integrity and the ability to love.  Trust that it’s exactly what you need to navigate safely, and your abundant stash will never run out.   ~ KD

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About Kimberlie Dykeman: Kimberlie Dykeman is an on-camera personality, marketing buzzsaw, producer, media coach… and entrepreneur for OPTIMISM.

A Toast to Rainforest Partnership – remembering Wendell Berry

Last evening, I attended a wonderful, eye-opening event in Austin about the rainforests. Yes, I said RAINFORESTS! Rainforest Partnership held its 5th Annual Celebration Dinner Birds in Paradise: From Austin to the Amazon. An evening of South American inspired dinner and drinks, music and presentations for a completely packed space at Barr Mansion, Austin! Founded by Executive Director Niyanta Spelman, the organization’s mission is to partner with people who live in and around tropical rainforests to develop environmentally sustainable economies to protect and regenerate their forests. As merely the MC for the event, I was privileged to see how a team of devoted, humble, giving volunteers can assemble hundreds of folks in Austin to unite for a common goal and the greater good. OPEN YOUR MIND: learn how you can donate your time, talent or dollars www.rainforestpartnership.org I leave you with one of my favorite SOAPBOX® mini-motivations, which I tapped to toast the festive evening:

SOAPBOX® mini-motivation: Go green or be gone

“To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”

~ Wendell Berry, philosopher, novelist and social activist

It’s about time we stopped snickering at Al Gore, the forewarning NPR folks and tree-hugging, hybrid hippies…because they might be onto something! It’s about time we stopped being so selfish and purposefully merged as Humankind for the simple Darwinian hopes of perpetuating our existence by strengthening our collective homebase – we call Earth! For, not seeing is believing. When a species of animal disappears, we must rescue braver. When a strain of plant disappears, we must think greener. When snowcaps are melting, swallowing up islands and life, we must conserve stricter. Amidst the chatter of economics, religion and war, don’t miss the underconversation of environment, culture and interdependent community. My fellow EARTH-lings, we must research cleaner, protect fiercer, commit firmer, explore broader, spend wiser, educate brighter. May we all look back after long, fulfilling lives to proclaim that we are survivors and all did our part. It’s our time to think globally…and act globally. ~ KD

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About Kimberlie Dykeman: Kimberlie Dykeman is a TV Host, International Spokesperson, Producer, Published Author, Entrepreneur for OPTIMISM!

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Austin Pays Calif Recruiter to Hire Chief Innovation Officer…This is INNOVATIVE?!

(referencing LinkedIn poll “What are the BIGGEST CHALLENGES facing Austin? Your opinions and ideas matter!”)

First off, folks, thank you for taking the time to show that you truly care about our city and its future.  In preparation to a hopeful interview for the City of Austin Chief Innovation Officer position, I set out to investigate what fellow residents are concerned about; but more importantly, I wanted to gather your ideas for innovative solutions to share in my presentation.  I’ve lived in Austin two separate times, started several businesses, offered employment, devoted time to local charities, voted, recycled and oriented myself with the movers-and-shakers who are tirelessly helping to create positive economic, technological, cultural and social change in this growing city. With my capabilities, connections, street-smarts, and innate understanding of how to connect a message with an audience, I figured I could earn an interview.

Deciding to GO BIG or GO HOME, I reached out to local thought leaders who earnestly gave me their endorsements; I even had meetings with three City of Austin department leaders to learn more, ask questions, present ideas and show my passion for this role.  In a few short weeks, I designed a whole new platform for our city government’s Innovation Office to inform, inspire and innovate Austin into action.  Well, suffice it to say, I never got the interview.  Nope.  Last Friday at 5:09pm, I received a generic email and regurgitated note from the (presumable overpaid and completely out-of-touch-with-Austin) out-of-state recruiting firm (CPS HR Consulting www.cpshr.us) who said I’ve been passed over, as I was not the most qualified. 

The irony here, folks, is two-fold:   First, in my talks with the actual City department leaders, they mentioned that this new position is still a bit vague in description, responsibilities, and direction, as is the entire Innovation Office only recently established. Second, where’s the INNOVATION in hiring a Sacramento recruiter to find the golden nugget needed to really spearhead this totally new office and leadership role?  Really, how can someone in a cube 1000 miles away get the gist of the most unique applicants by simply scanning a resume?  Argh.  (Many of you out there still looking for work fully understand the pain and assbackwardness that technology can cause when trying to match human beings to a growing entity with a unique culture, mission, vision, pulse, etc.)  Alas, I can understand that there is a system to vetting out candidates, and I am not a sore loser…just wanted a chance to express my thoughts and get a shot at a chat.

I’d like to remind the anyone interested, that the truest, simplest definition of the word INNOVATION is “significant, positive change”.  Period.

Net-net:  I believe the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Austin needs to be an entrepreneur, visionary,  spokesperson, liaison, researcher, interviewer, connector, marketeer, producer, project manager, coach, creative director, motivator, and passionate, active citizen who gives a damn about people.  Frankly, yet humbly speaking, I believe that describes me, and so do a whole bunch of wonderful, brilliant folks who have supported me for over a decade.  And I believe the City decision-makers may have let one of the most qualified candidates slip away.

 All that said, the results from the poll I offered up garnered almost 50 responses and focused on these major issue, listed in order of most “votes”.  I will have a write-up summary of people’s ideas for solutions posted soon.

Traffic/Transportation:  Cap Metro, cabs, bike lanes, lack of carpools, money wasted on toll roads, and too many more to list…

City Government: City Manager led vs. Mayor led, Unguided system, Debt, Permit overload, Out-of-touch & overpaid City Council

Housing:  Affordability, Property taxes

Water:  Drought, Waste

Infrastructure:  Over-marketing on popularity lists, Population explosion, Quality job availability

Culture:  Dilution of “weirdness”… turning into another Dallas, Inter-generational, inter-racial, inter-faith community, Over-focus on technology

Homelessness:  Lack of resources & housing, Need for education, job integration system

Education:  Healthcare, Schools

Crime

Thank you again so very much for showing your spirit and sharing your thoughts.  If you have any interest in helping me simply get a darn interview with the City of Austin for the Chief Innovation Officer position, please share a note, post or tweet #AustinNeedsKimberlieDykeman

 

Cheers to the possibilities!

Kimberlie Dykeman

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Kimberlie Dykeman Books Infomercial with Renowned German Co.- Genius

 Just completed a long-form infomercial in Springfield, Missouri with multi-talented host Mary Chris Wall for Genius GmbH – a German company with global presence for their spot-on inventions.  The fabulous, technologically-advanced personal care product line will be broadcast throughout 60+ countries.  Brilliantly produced by the supercool team at Opfer Communications, led by Scott Opfer.  I had an absolute blast with both the client and the crew and cannot wait to keep this relationship going!

About KIMBERLIE DYKEMAN: For the past 10 years, Kimberlie has built a successful career on as a host, spokesperson, interviewer and producer…working in Austin, L.A., N.Y., and internationally. She has appeared in and helped produce a collection of hundreds of TV and radio programs, infomercials, commercials, live events, red carpets, product launches and web series videos…working with companies like FOX, ABC, NBC, Triage Ent., Emmis, Compass Learning, Jordan Direct, Creative Nations, AMS Pictures. She has interviewed hundreds of folks including celebs like Elton John, Guy Kawasaki, Andy Roddick & John Legend.

www.youtube.com/kimberliedykeman www.puresoapbox.com

KIMBERLIE DYKEMAN Featured Artist at RAW Artist Austin Show

Interested in a FABULOUS ART EVENT? Willing to support a burgeoning artist? I have been selected as a Featured Artist in the truly one-of-a –kind event coined “MARVEL” presented by RAW Artists, an international independent artists organization. This is my first time appearing in a show and I would love your support! Come see my original showcase as well as other visual, performing, and design artists. This ain’t your clichéd art show where you mill in circles with a warm glass of cheap wine, doing the library whisper. From sculptors and filmmakers to musicians and fashion designers, this evening will literally expand your mind of how “art” can take shape and how it can impact you. So, pull out your calendar and mark this down!

Please click on this link to purchase your discounted tickets (save $5.00!- limited amount!) www.rawartists.org/kimberliedykeman

If you cannot make the event or are NOT IN AUSTIN, you can still support the cause! Order tickets as a donation and I will surprise a few local friends with a free invitation as my guests. Thank you, in advance!

The Showcase: RAW:Austin presents “MARVEL

The Date: Thursday, April 18th, 2013, 7:30pm-12:30am

The Venue: The Belmont – 305 West 6th Street Austin, TX 78701

FYI: Here is the link to the main event link: www.rawartists.org/austin/marvel. Click on the large ‘BUY TICKETS’ in the upper right hand corner of the profile and choose my name from the drop-down menu.

About RAW: natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists. We’re a community made up of creative individuals across the nation. Our mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. We welcome all genres of art including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists and more. RAW currently operates in 54 cities across the United States & Australia and counting … youtu.be/vsUKsyAIkEw Thank you and hope to see you there!

About Kimberlie Dykeman:  Kimberlie Dykeman is a TV Host, International Spokesperson, Producer, Published Author, Entrepreneur for OPTIMISM!   KD Video Channel    PureSoapbox Site    ETSY.com

Kimberlie Dykeman Launches First Host & Spokesperson Bootcamp

Host & Spokesperson Bootcamp:

Learn the ropes to becoming a Memorable On-Camera Personality!

 Do you want to be a TV Host or Spokesperson?  Think you’ve got the personality and potential to shine ON-CAMERA …just being YOU?  Want to increase your value to your Agent, grab the attention of Casting Directors and get more bookings?  Or maybe, you’ve realized that you just don’t have the actor “chops”?  (Hey, we all can’t be DeNiro or Streep!)  If you said YES to any of these, perhaps, it’s time to get focused and get to work.

Kimberlie Dykeman’s Bootcamp is a FRESH, NEW offering for Texas talent!  Whether you’re seeking to hone your skills or just diving into this special craft of being a host, spokesperson and interviewer…this intensive Bootcamp will empower you with just the right guidance, tools, motivation and realistic strategy to confidently jump into the race and become a successful On-Camera Personality.

“Her talents as a spokesperson, host or emcee cannot be surpassed.”  ~ Cynthia Baker, President, Accolades PR      

“I was blown away by her contagious energy, boundless curiosity and natural warmth. Kimberlie had an incredible way of connecting with the audience and me… she brought out insights that people really want to know and inspired them in ways that not many can!”  ~ Anil Jagtiani, VP Marketing, QVC

 Take-aways include:

  • Realistic overview of the diverse Hosting world
  • Purpose and responsibility of a Host vs. Spokesperson vs. Interviewer
  • Discovering/developing your Brand and Expertise
  • Coexisting (co-hosting, sharing the camera)
  • Working with/writing copy and improvising
  • Killer auditioning techniques and reel tips
  • Biggest Mistakes to avoid!
  • Prospecting and Marketing  yourself

One full, non-stop day to build your stand-up, interviewing and auditioning skills; define your brand and role, think on your feet (hello, adlib!), work with scripts and simple bullet points, master the Teleprompter, and put your personal stamp on just how you connect with any audience.    Read more: tinyurl.com/8flv7t6

WHEN:  Saturday, November 10th,  10am – 5pm
WHERESoma Vida 1210 Rosewood Ave.  Austin, TX 

COST:   $265       

RESERVATIONSLimited to 20.  Email  info@puresoapbox.com  or call 310-500-9587 to immediately reserve a spot and ask questions.  Credit card, check and cash accepted.

About KIMBERLIE DYKEMAN:  For the past 10 years, Kimberlie has built a successful career on as a host, spokesperson, interviewer and producer…working in Austin, L.A., N.Y., and internationally.  She has appeared in and helped produce a collection of hundreds of TV and radio programs, infomercials, commercials, live events, red carpets and online videos…working with companies like FOX, ABC, NBC, Triage Ent., Emmis, Compass Learning, Jordan Direct, Creative Nations, AMS Pictures.  She has interviewed hundreds of folks including celebs like Elton John, Guy Kawasaki, Andy Roddick & John Legend.

 www.youtube.com/kimberliedykeman   www.puresoapbox.com

Résumé: tinyurl.com/7vfv5yk

 

“This woman is nothing short of a powerhouse.” Lucy Frost, BestFit Media

Kimberlie Dykeman Books Gig on Investigation Discovery’s New Series

                                                               The producers of the brand new show titled “Pretty Bad Girls” on the Investigation Discovery  channel have signed on Kimberlie Dykeman to co-host two episodes of the newly greenlit series.   “Pretty Bad Girls” is a true-crime series that channels the glamour of “Sex and the City,” and reveals the (often literal) skeletons in the closets of beautiful, sexy criminals who use their looks and any means to get what they want.   Kimberlie will interview several controversial women who have committed acts that filled the headlines across the country.    M2 Pictures, based in Hampton, VA, are the edgy creators and producers who also who provide Discovery with several other brilliantly eerie shows including “Wicked Attraction”, “FBI: Criminal Pursuit”, “The Bureau” and “Happily Never After”.  Kimberlie will be working side-by-side with a familiar face on the ID channel- the renowned true crime author  M. William Phelps.

About Investigation Discovery:
Providing the highest quality investigative programming focused on dynamic stories of human nature from the past to the present, Investigation Discovery’s in-depth documentaries and series challenge viewers on important issues shaping our culture and defining our world. Just four years old, ID is the fastest-growing network in television and headed by former CEO of the Hallmark Channel Henry Schleiff.

About Kimberlie Dykeman:  Kimberlie Dykeman is a TV Host, International Spokesperson, Producer, Published Author, Entrepreneur for OPTIMISM!   KD Video Channel    PureSoapbox Site    Personal Blog

Kimberlie Dykeman Books Project for Kepner-Tregoe

Kimberlie Dykeman was booked by Casting Director Vicky Boone for an upcoming industrial project for the Kepner-Tregoe.  The work is to produced by Austin’s own e-learning company Enspire Learning.

 

 

About Kimberlie Dykeman:  TV Host, International Spokesperson, Commercial Talent, Producer, Marketing Maven, Author  YouTube Channel www.puresoapbox.com

TX Booking Agent for Kimberlie: Wilhelmina Brown

Kimberlie Dykeman Teams Up with Successories to Motivate the Masses!

successories logoThe folks at the world-renowned marketplace motivation hub,  Successories  have engaged Kimberlie Dykeman  to help them motivate the masses!  Successories, the celebrated originators of motivational posters and the “authority of recognition”, have been tapping the power of social media and  video-loaded e-newsletters to keep close communications with its growing client base.  Showcasing Dykeman’s gift for infusing vignettes with jolts of poignant wisdom, Successories is now adding another layer to its offerings of bringing perspective, optimism and purpose to each company’s work environment and to each employee’s individual home life.  Here is a first installment of Dykeman’s SOAPBOX® mini-motivation in the Successories latest update.  Keep tuned to see more developments from the new relationship between Successories and Kimberlie Dykeman Enterprises.

SUCCESSORIES meets KIMBERLIE DYKEMAN’S SOAPBOX!

About Successories:   Successories was founded in 1985 in Aurora, Illinois and started as a catalog based company featuring motivational and recognition items targeted primarily at businesses. Since then, the company has steadily grown to a multi-faceted brand with over 10 million business and consumer customers. The first Successories retail store opened in 1991 with the Successories.com website launching in 2000.   Successories is uniquely positioned as the leading source of motivational media. Under the leadership of its new and dynamic owners, business icons Ted & Warren Struhl, Successorieswill continue motivating employees, lifting spirits, and spreading positive social messages throughout the work and home environment. Successories products are designed specifically to promote important organizational values that recognize and inspire the people who make a difference, and to encourage excellence in every endeavor. The Successories team is committed to continuous innovation and improvement to meet the ever-changing needs of its customers.

About Kimberlie Dykeman:  Kimberlie Dykeman is a TV Host, International Spokesperson, Producer, Marketing Maven, Published Author, Motivational Speaker and Entrepreneur for OPTIMISM!   YouTube Channel www.puresoapbox.com

Kimberlie Dykeman to Join Production Team of DIY’s “Desperate Landscapes” for Austin Episodes

The producers of “DESPERATE LANDSCAPES” on the DIY channel have signed on Kimberlie Dykeman and fellow entertainment pro Fernando Perez-Del Rio of Spontaneous Films  to help produce episodes of the current show in Austin.  The series is produced by JayTV and headed up by a killer team- Executive Producer/President Jay Shatz, VP of Production Stan Elliott, and Executive Producer Amy Seng Holtzman.  Host is Jason Cameron. 

 About Desperate Landscapes: Nothing is more embarrassing than having the ugliest yard on the block — especially when your neighbors call you out. Armed with creative solutions, licensed contractor Jason Cameron transforms a negligent neighbor’s troubled yard into an outdoor showplace — in only one day. From new planting beds and big, new trees to fresh paint and fencing, DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes is all about going from helpless to beautiful!

 About DIY Network:
DIY Network, from the makers of HGTV and Food Network, is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. DIY Network’s programs and experts answer the most sought-after questions and offer creative projects for do-it-yourself enthusiasts for their homes and landscapes. Our hosts are real experts who know their trade.

 About Kimberlie Dykeman:  TV Host, International Spokesperson, Commercial Talent, Producer, Marketing Maven, Author  YouTube Channel  www.puresoapbox.com

 

Kimberlie Dykeman Books Commercial with Bank of Oklahoma

Kimberlie Dykeman was booked by Casting Director Brenda Ambrize for upcoming regional commercial campaign for the Bank of Oklahoma, to be aired in Albuquerque, NM; Fayettevile and Bentonville, AK; Pheonix, AZ; Kansas City, KS; Kansas City, MO; Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK; Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston, TX; and Denver, CO.  The commercials are produced by NY powerhouse production company Collective NY.

About Kimberlie Dykeman:  TV Host, International Spokesperson, Commercial Talent, Producer, Marketing Maven, Author  YouTube Channel  www.puresoapbox.com

TX Booking Agent for Kimberlie: Wilhelmina Brown