Packing 30 years of experience in these Spanks.
* CBC comic on Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Appeared 18 times on The Debaters.
* Blogger on Huffington Post.
* 20 year Second City Veteran, performer, director, teacher, corporate communication.
* Author of 2 essays books. One novel.
* Playwright of 7 plays. Nominated for Governor General for play, Miracle Mother.
* North American keynote speaker on Change, Communication and Creativity.
* Mentor to folks wanting to unlock the creative blocks in their lives!
I cut my teeth as a performer and writer at the The Second City Theatre in Toronto.
The mecca of Improvisation.
They taught me the power of YES.
Say yes and everything moves forward.
The scene, the relationship, your life.
And even if the ‘yes’ cracks you in half and the boss downsizes you and the relationship dumps you and you’re eating Poutine on the corner asking the street musician when he’s off. (sorry 80′s flashback!) A yes pushes you forward.
What are you waiting for?
You are a creative soul. Say yes to the true you.
PAST LIFE: I grew up in Napanee, the oldest of six kids. My parent were hard working and my dad always believed in things unseen. He saw potential in his family, his community and himself. My mother was completely hands on and very practical in the day to day working in our lives. She inspired me because after giving birth to six kids she started on her BA.
Both inspired me by their hard work and how far they came in their lives.They did everything to make our lives move forward.
Marie Hops: A Buddhist acting teacher who thought I was lovely even when I wasn’t. She taught me to sit “the girl on the chair” and love her.
Urjo Kareda: Who said I was a writer. He helped create my first play along with Annie Kidder who taught me how to be incredibly brave.
Sue: Who helped teach me to live sanely.
SOME GREAT MOMENTS IN LIFE
1) The day I got hired at Second City Theatre in 1980. Connected me to my creativity and the funniest people I know.
2) Sept 29th, 1986. day I got clean and sober- some strange gift from heaven which connected me to my other best friends who taught me to live one day at at time.
3) My Kids who are in their mid 20′s: I have two kids, a boy and a girl, who were born nine months apart.
My son came out of the womb smiling and ready to go. He’s the idea man, and the ultimate lover of life.
My daughter was born three months premature at 25 1/2 weeks and she showed me that good ideas are sometimes premature and barely formed, but and not knowing what will happen next is part of the whole journey.
A talented writer and actress, she thinks things through and balances her physical and creative energy like that of a master.
Both inspire and fuel me.
That they can grow and prosper in the midst of love and intellect.
There are not 5 tips to success, or last chances for anything.
There are many ways to skin a cat.You havea brain that is big enough to contain opera, country music and algebra on the same day.
Business and creativity do mix.
Intuition is your best friend,.
Doubt is the companion of the authentic human being.
And yes yes you can move from surviving to thriving.
“If you book me I can give you a chiropractic adjustment of your brain, man-pedi for the soul, open up your heart and let the sun shine in kind-of- talking- to. And oh yeah, I tend to be funny.”
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INTERVIEW ON EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN TV WITH WONDER WOMAN SHANNON SKINNER
WHAT THE BIO SAYS:
Whether on the page or on the stage, Deborah Kimmett is one funny lady. This witty and wise woman has been using humour to open minds and heal hearts for over 30 years. A Second City veteran, a regular performer on CBC’s radio and television show The Debaters and sought-after motivator on the speaker circuit, she engages her audiences with stories and killer humour that ignite, inspire and energize. Clients that ask her back: Microsoft, Corrections, Bell Canada, RBC, Health Canada, IBM, and countless health care organizations.
Deborah is an accomplished author of three books, Reality is Over-Rated and That Which Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Funnier and Out Running Crazy. She was nominated twice for the National Magazine Award for Humour. She is a well-known playwright and has been nominated for the Governor General Award for her play Miracle Mother in 1984. Having written 52 episodes of TV, a feature movie about female prison guards she has also written and produced a compassionate care video called, Walk a Mile in my backless gown. Since Deb’s passion is mentoring the creative soul in folks so through her company, Chip off The Old Writers Blocks, she hosts one day creative writing retreats and on line writing boot camps.