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.
Its the basis for my work as a motivational speaker, a writer and writing coach.
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 work. (yes I am talking to you guy playing guitar at Bloor and Yonge) a yes pushes you forward to the life you want to have.
How can I help you, move forward to the yes that is awaiting you or your organization?
There are not 5 tips for success, or last chances for anything.
There are many ways to skin a cat.You have a 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 for a humorous keynote or do my virtual online writing classes 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.”
A prolific writer she is a blogger for Huffington Post, writer for national magazines, and appears regularly on CBC Radio on the Debaters, DNTO, and LOL as well as CBC TV’s the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.
She is the author of 3 books and 5 plays-and the one about her daughter’s premature birth, Miracle Mother was nominated for a Governor General Award in 1994.
She recently wrote a feature movie about female prison guards and her special interest in Palliative Care had her produce a movie on You Tube called Walk A Mile in My Backless Gown.And she holds online workshops and retreats for writers called Unlock the Block.
I grew up in Napanee, Ontario and am the the oldest of six kids. My parent were hard working and devoted to their family. He saw potential in his family, his community and all ideas about to be born. My mother was completely hands on stay at home Mom and after giving birth to her sixth kid got her BA. She is still alive and lives with independence and you have to book her ahead of time because at 82 she is always on the move. Both inspired me by their hard work and how they devoted themselves to have our lives forward.
Urjo Kareda: Director at the Tarragon Theatre who told me I was a writer. He helped create my first play Miracle Mother.
Annie Kidder who taught me how to be incredibly brave.
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 Zen master.
Both inspire and fuel me. That they can grow and prosper in the midst of love and intellect.
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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.