Torrey Pines State Beach: Dolphins & Sandpipers & Pelicans…Oh My!

I am spoiled! Living so close to the beach is one thing, but even better is the fact that we’re near Torrey Pines State Beach!

 Torrey Pines State Beach is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California and approximately 1.5 miles West of Interstate 5 at Carmel Valley Road in San Diego. Here is a cool visitors guide for Torrey Pines State Beach including parking rate information from the San Diego Tourism Authority as well as information about the Torrey Pines State Reserve.  Daily rates: $10-15 Monday-Thursday; $12-20 Friday-Sunday and Holidays. Click for info on Annual Passes.

As I have stated before, #TorreyPinesStateBeach is my ‘go to’ place to walk for fitness, stroll, socialize, observe the #artinnature and #natureasart. I like to visually capture interesting images.

Here are a few images from my most recent March, 2018 visit…I also saw a whale spouting, but it was so fast I couldn’t capture it quickly enough with a photo!

The Entrance to Torrey Pines State Beach

Things Happen in Threes!

Wouldn’t you know…I glanced up and saw a pelican, dolphin and helicopter in the distance!

Things Happen in Threes!

 

Some images from the afternoon!

Rocks within rocks!

 

Ocean movement

 

Lovely waves!

 

A Sandpiper Enjoying a Snack from the Ocean!

 

And a Classic Sandpiper Pose!

And a classic Sandpiper Pose!

A Seagull in Flight!

A Seagull in Flight

Shells a Plenty!

Shells a Plenty!

Pelicans in Formation on Parade!

Pelicans in Formation on Parade!

Ocean Friendship: A Pelican with a Dolphin!

Ocean Friendship: A Pelican with a Dolphin!

Dolphin Fin!

Dolphin Fin!

 

Dolphin Swimming!

Dolphin Swimming!

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Sue Vicory Appoints Susan J. Farese to ‘My Power of One” Advisory Board

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications was appointed on January 1, 2018 by filmmaker and  humanitarian  Sue Vicory to serve as the ‘Director of Entertainment for the Global Market, on the My Power of One Advisory Board 

From Sue Vicory:

My Power of One is a privately held e-commerce apparel and accessories company with the intention of being a catalyst for inspired positive action which supports community based organizations throughout the year with our acts of kindness. We are supported by a bi-coastal Board of Advisors.

Please help me welcome Susan Farese of SJF Communications as our newest and boldest My Power of One Board of Advisor for 2018. I have worked with Susan on multiple occasions which has lead me to ask her to take on Director of Entertainment for the Global market. As a nurse, veteran, SAG actress, tap dancer and PR/Marketer she is the perfect choice after a long search. Susan gets to craft her own duties and fulfill them to her heart’s desire. Welcome aboard our ship of endless inspiration and empowerment. http://mypowerofone.com/advisory-board “

-Sue Vicory, My Power of One

Susan’s Quote:

“I am thrilled to join forces with the talented philanthropist, filmmaker, empowering colleague, friend and kindred spirit Sue Vicory and embark on this exciting new inspirational journey with the phenomenal ‘My Power of One” Board of Advisors. Sue Vicory is one of a kind. Her purposeful ‘power of one’  spreading kindness while giving back is an inspiration to all”.

-Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

My Power of One Logo Courtesy of Sue Vicory, MPO1

It’s always a pleasure to work with Sue Vicory on a variety of programs and projects. 

More information on My Power of One:

Meet My Power of One Advisory Board

‘We are surrounded and supported by greatness’

Board of Advisors

Kristi Anderson – Inspiration crafter

Clare Carlson – Brand photographer

Isabel Canzoneri – Head of Spiritual Guidance

Susan Farese – Director of Entertainment

Cat Forrest – C.L.O. (Chief Light Officer)

Greg Hoffman – Financial Advisor

Lori Jones – Lead Nurturer

Gage Magosin – Youth Ambassador

Gracie Marshall – Junior Advisor

Sariann Monaco – Adventure specialist

Tamra Price – VP Acts of Kindness

Miles Rosenquest – C.C.O. (Chief Cuteness Officer)

Anita Rowe – Head of Logistics

Jennifer Scibetti – Voice of My Power of One

Scott Strohm – Legal Eagle

Katy Suzanne Vicory – Art Direction

Sue Vicory – Whimsical Director

Ann Ware – Chief Embroiderer

Ava Wirsig – Junior Advisor

More Links about My Power of One

Donate to My Power of  One

Shop at My Power of One

My Power of One Blog

Here are photos from some of Sue Vicory’s ‘My Power of One’ projects and programs

including film projects and acts of kindness:

Click Archive SJF Communications Post: 

https://sjfcommunications.com/2016/02/11/sue-vicory/

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Sue Vicory Making a Powerful Impact One Person at a Time

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Testimonial for SJF Communications via Bryan Smith, Tuba; Director of Educational and Outreach Programs, Westwind Brass

“Susan Farese, SJF Communications helped Westwind Brass double the size of our audiences at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.  She also helped us to double the number of participants at our 2017 Summer Brass Workshop at San Diego State’s School of Music and Dance.  She is savvy with all forms of media; print, TV, and radio.  She is also very proactive on social media.  She is willing to think, and work, outside of the box, and isn’t afraid to say what she is thinking.  I highly recommend SJF Communications to all arts organizations in the San Diego area.”

-Bryan Smith, Tuba; Director of Educational and Outreach Programs
Testimonial for SJF Communications via Bryan Smith, Tuba; Director of Educational and Outreach Programs, Westwind Brass 

Susan J. Farese, Honored to be a Mentor in the SDSU Aztec Mentor Program

Sharing Guidance and Wisdom as a Mentor

by

Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN,  SJF Communications

I am pleased to be a Mentor for my 2nd year in  San Diego State University‘s ‘Aztec Mentor Program‘ (AMP). This year I have two Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA) Communications students for both semesters. Last year I mentored one Senior (Communications) and one Junior (Public Health) student during the Fall, 2016 semester and three graduating senior mentees (Communications, Health Communications and Finance/Entrepreneurship) for the Spring, 2017  semester.  The Communications student was my mentee for the entire year.

Here are two links from recent feature articles by Erik Good, about my experiences in the SDSU Aztec Mentor Program:   http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news_story.aspx?sid=76775 and https://amp.sdsu.edu/pages/2962?src=tab

I believe in mentoring as well as being mentored!

Time has certainly flown since I was introduced to my own first ‘mentor’. I distinctly remember the time (after working about a year or so) as a newly graduated Ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps in 1978 in San Diego. Needless to say…I was stressed out with what we now call ‘burnout’ (which was not even a term used then) in my very first job after graduating college! As a staff/charge nurse on the open bay male general medicine floor, I endured grueling rotating shifts and dealt with serious illnesses and on several occasions deaths of active duty, dependent and/or retired males at my young age. I suppose I had a certain look of ‘being overwhelmed’ one day. Upon rounds to the unit, my supervisor said to me “By the end of the day, I want to know how much leave (vacation) you’re taking and where you want to work when you return”. I stared at her in disbelief for a few seconds, thought about it, planned that leave and afterwards transferred to Cardiothoracic Surgery Step Down unit. That job switch and my Supervisor’s insight, caring and seriously ‘looking out for me’ changed my professional life. I was then able to navigate my career by being in control. Plus, I gained respect for having a Mentor and have learned immensely from many of them over the years!

Flash forward to 38 years later! That Mentor ultimately inspired me to take control of my professional career as a nurse, actor, author, writer, consultant & entrepreneur. I have also had several Mentors in my life since then!

My diversified career has been quite interesting and evolving over the past ‘almost’ 40 years. Besides clinical, management/administrative, education/staff development roles in Nursing during time as a Military Nurse (U.S. Navy – 3 years and Army Nurse Corps-9 years, attaining the rank of Major), I also worked in medical research. My masters degree is in adult primary health which prepared me as a Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist. As an entrepreneur I have provided public speaking, continuing education, legal nurse consulting, public relations, marketing, acting and coaching.

During Fall, 2016, as a parent of an SDSU Freshman, I received an email from the Office of New Student and Parent Programs, Career Services and the Office of Alumni Engagement Career Services, inquiring if I would be interested in being a Mentor in the AMP. I quickly made the decision to embark on this journey (completed my AMP profile which asked for education, career positions and so on) and  have enjoyed my time in this mutually fulfilling program.  Since then I was interviewed by Diane Marin (SDSU Alumni and Career Development and Administrator of AMP),  and Eric Good, (Public Affairs Communication Specialist, SDSU) with article links above.  I have been fortunate to be connected to our daughter’s campus in such a unique way, plus was able to give back – and hopefully enrich and guide the students towards success in their futures, as students and as they enter into the working world.

How does it all work?

First of all, each student that selects me as their Mentor presents different personalities, majors, goals and challenges. I am a proponent of meeting in person on campus for our sessions, usually an hour long, several times a month.  We review resumes and Linked In profiles. We discuss the importance of networking in their prospective fields. I prep them on the common sense and procedure of attending career fairs. We research possible graduate degree programs. We explore employment options with job searches and discuss negotiating salaries, raises etc. much more during the semester(s). I also provide emotional support and guidance for them throughout the semester and especially during their final “stressful” Spring semester nearing  graduation (and they prevail)!

It is thoroughly enriching for me as well. My experience in Nursing, PR/Marketing/ Communications and the Arts enabled me to feel confident as a role model for them and their enthusiasm, diligence and commitment persisted!

I wish them all well!

Here are some more articles about the Aztec Mentorship Program:

http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news_story.aspx?sid=76246

https://go.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/mentoring.aspx

http://www.sdsualumni.org/s/997/rd16/interior.aspx?sid=997&gid=1&pgid=3077

A photo with my two Mentees from this past Fall, 2017 Semester

Left to right:
From Fall Semester, 2017: Alexa (Mentee), Susan (Mentor), and Delaney (Mentee)

 

Some photos and testimonials from last year’s Mentees:

 

Left to Right: Susan with Mentee (now a graduate) from Spring, 2017: Kaitlin; Major: Health Communication. Photo credit: Erik Good

“Getting involved my last semester at SDSU was great because my mentor, Susan, prepared me to stay on top of job searches, reviewed my resume, and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and attend events that Career Services had put together,”  – Kaitlin Woods

Testimonial for SJF Communications via San Diego State University (SDSU) Health Communications Student, Kaitlin Woods

Left to right: Susan with with Mentee (now 2017 SDSU graduate and now pursuing graduate degree) Alexandra; Major: Communications. Photo credit: Erik Good

“Susan was my mentor throughout my Fall 2016 semester at San Diego State University. Having Susan mentor me was by far one of the best decisions I’ve made. She has propelled me to reach new levels of my potential and widen my understanding about the communications field. Susan is a wonderful asset to any student, individual or agency and I could not recommend her wisdom enough. I am blessed with the opportunity to know her and have her as my mentor”.- Alexandra Talaro

Testimonial for SJF Communications via San Diego State University (SDSU) Communications Student Alexandra Talaro

 

Left to right: with Spring, 2017 Mentee (now 2017 SDSU graduate) James; Major: Finance with Minor: Entrepreneurship with Susan. Courtesy Photo.

“The Aztec Mentorship Program has been an enlightening process for me. Not only has it allowed me to reach out to various alumni in different industries I am interested in, but has created opportunity to foster an invaluable mentorship.

Overall, my best experience was with Susan Farese, a local entrepreneur with many experiences, particularly in the entertainment industry. I learned a few lessons after being matched as a mentee with Susan but lessons are still being learned as we still stay in touch. Resume development, entrepreneurship tips, and networking opportunities have been the focus of the mentorship. Susan helped me develop a technique of developing the perfect resume based upon which jobs I am searching for rather than sending out a general resume out to all jobs. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I learned from Susan’s experiences and mistakes in running her own PR firm. She spoke to me about my different entrepreneurial opportunities and gave insight to possible issues I may run into. Even after the program ended, Susan recently helped me get my first gig doing lighting and sound production for a local play!

Honestly the best part about my experience was the specific attention given to me about how I can best further myself. After a few sessions, Susan understood what I really needed to learn to get the best out of the program and that only happens when mentors are dedicated to extending real life knowledge and experience to mentees.” – James Ranon

Testimonial for SJF Communications via San Diego State University (SDSU) Finance/Entrepreneurship Student

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Do you have a story about your favorite mentor?

Do you need a Mentor?

 

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Extraordinary People Sharing their Stories: Classical Pianist Dr. Jeeyoon Kim

Mastering Piano Keys with Engaging Virtuosity:

Classical Pianist Dr. Jeeyoon Kim

By

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

Our next extraordinary person sharing her story is renowned Classical Pianist Dr. Jeeyoon Kim

Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

Classical Pianist Dr. Jeeyoon Kim is a PR client of SJF Communications, but she is so much more than a client. Jeeyoon is a kindred spirit and hopefully a forever friend. She exudes kindness, positivity, talent, wit, intellect, elegance and a keen sense of mastery, interaction, connection and engagement as a person and as a musician.  I first heard, rather  “experienced” her incredible musical talents after one of our early business meetings. Jeeyoon surprised me by granting me my own “personal mini concert”.  I must admit, I had to hold back tears – it was so surprisingly magical. It was an emotional experience for me to hear the selections she played, watching her gently move to the rhythms of the classical pieces she performed so gracefully and poetically. She was truly “one” in concert with the music. She respectfully honored each composer and emotionally as well as technically “connected” to each piece.

I knew from the beginning that she was an extraordinary person – and cannot wait for her exciting upcoming 10 More Minutes National CD Release Celebration Concert on December 11, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute!  

Ticket Link for 10 More Minutes Concert  &  and a short video about 10 More Minutes!

 

 

Jeeyoon Kim is a force to reckon with! And so, without further ado…Ladies and Gentlemen:

SJF: Let’s start at the beginning! Please tell us about your upbringing, family, siblings, etc.

JK: I grew up in South Korea with one older brother. Both of my parents were business owners. I was raised to be independent, as my parents were always busy, but they always supported my music. They both were naturally good singers and they always sang a lot casually. I also remember the scenes of childhood involved with mountains, pine trees, Buddhist temples, and also contrasting high rises, busy cities and busy street markets. I was lucky enough to have both; places like New York City or scenery such as in the Smoky Mountains have almost an equal amount of feeling  like of a home for me. I remember going to get fresh water at a nearby mountain top with my Grandma, and we would play badminton on the way back. I remember she always won those badminton games!. Going to a farmer’s market is one my favorite activities as that is one of the closest experiences I have in terms of getting produce just like we did when growing up in Korea. I still try to visit Korea once a year if possible. And most of those times, my list of foods I want to eat during my stay is always much longer than I can possibly eat then!

 

Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim
Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

 SF: When did you begin playing the piano? Private lessons? Were you always enthused about  piano?

JK: I started playing piano when I was four years old, and I don’t have any recollection of choosing that myself. But I remember I always enjoyed going to the local piano institute on my own every day except Sunday to have a lesson and to practice. I thought it was always so much fun to play piano, and I still think it is!

SF: Such dedication at an early age-and ever lasting as you received your Doctorate in Piano Performance and Masters in Music Degrees at the Jacobs School of Music at the University of Indiana

Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim
Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

SF: Do you ever feel stage fright?

JK: If I feel so comfortable and normal playing in public, then I will start to worry about it, as I believe that having those butterflies in your stomach is a necessary part of being a performer and that makes a live performance more beautiful and organic. No, I don’t have a phobia doing it. I also know nobody dies if I make a mistake. I just learned and still learning to deal with it, as I love to share music with people.

 

Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim
Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

SJF: So…there’s no need to keep the butterflies at bay!

SJF: Do you have any different routines on a performance day?

JK: Yes, I treat myself like a queen. Haha, just kidding. Perhaps I try to do my best to do things as normal as possible in terms of what I eat, but less physical practice, more sleep, taking a long walk for a mental practice and fully acknowledging a feeling of gratitude of that day given to me as a gift that I can share my music with people. I certainly don’t talk much before the performance though.

SJF: Very astute elements of your routine! Interesting about not practicing much that day and feeling gratitude for your gift of sharing!  And feeling comfortable with the “quiet” on purpose is a point especially taken.

 

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Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

 

SJF: What do you think about when you are performing?

JK: I think about music and the composer, following their emotional process or its course of hidden messages closely. I also think about the overall structural picture of the piece, as if I am building an aural structure, noticing where I am going and where I am. If I focus on the core message, then the rest of technical things will serve its musical purpose. But if I put a priority on the perfection of the notes, no music nor perfection would exist.

 

Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim
Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

SJF: Yes, affirmed! I most definitely witnessed that when I hear you perform!

SJF: Do you exercise?

JK: I want to exercise more than I do now. Normally I exercise with my trainer once a week, and swim once or twice a week at the Broadway Athletic and Swim Club. Generally speaking, I like to do an intense conditional workout and also long distance swimming. As time is one of the least available resources I have, I want to do a more intense interval workout when I actually get to exercise. Sometimes I swim to practice a piece in my mind on purpose, especially at the end of a day. It takes at least three or four times longer to practice in my mind than its actual time on piano, but it is so valuable for me to do so. I feel mentally exercised yet physically relaxed afterwards. I love it.

Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim
Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

SJF: It would be so cool to be inside your mind and note the process as you “practice” while swimming! Wow, you are featured on the cover and interviewed in Swimmer Magazine! How cool is that?!  

SJF: How did your new CD album  10 More Minutes evolve?

JK: It is like a recurring dream, I had a thought that kept popping in my head, which was creating an album to be very much like ‘Jeeyoony’ and as close as my live performances. I have realized that the time and spaces that I can reach is limited, but at the same time it doesn’t have to be that way. I thought creating an album is a great way to connect with more people in this world, sharing what I am passionate about. I also wanted to collect many of the pieces that are like my old friends, which I often play as an encore. ‘Ten more minutes’ is also a concept behind when audiences ask for encores at my live concerts. Definitely that is not greedy, as I am not asking for 10 more days, but just simply wish having that 10 More Minutes to cherish.

Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim
Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

As soon as I had a concept in my head more solidly, it had its own life, evolving and expanding its possibility. I wanted to record pieces that are close to me, so it is easier to connect with people more. Then I realized that the time is actually ‘now’ to create. I presented the idea into a possible reality through crowdfunding, Kickstarter, to the world. I also wanted this project to be collaborated work with people, that mutually we all want this idea to be a reality. When it became successfully funded within 30 days, I have felt like I had received an excellent engine that can run so well, and all I had to do is to drive that engine with the best ability that I could ever have.

I cared for every single detail of this album, involving every aspects of this album, from each single note to finishing. I have created the best team for the album – a producer, sound engineer, graphic designers, photographers, a recording studio in New York City, and a great Hamburg Steinway. I feel content with it knowing that I did my absolute best – even though from the idea to the actual CD, it took about a year and half. I also feel that my whole life is fused in the album; if I didn’t have practice times when I was 4 years old, if I didn’t have that struggles and tears in my past studies and experiences, this would not have been the same.

The 10 More Minutes CD release celebration concert will take place on this December 11th, Sunday at 3 pm at Auditorium at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). That is a venue that I often performed at for the San Diego Symphony Chamber Music Series and the La Jolla Music Society. I wanted this national celebration to be where I reside, though this album is not limited to be local and I certainly hope some people from out of town can join this celebration as well. I can’t wait to celebrate this day with audiences, who have been in this journey with me all along. It will be certainly a concert that I will remember even without having that concert yet.

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Click here for a preliminary review of 10 More Minutes by

Susan Kitterman, former Artistic Director of New World Youth Symphony

SJF: My anticipation is building, I cannot wait to see you present your gift performing and connecting with the audience!

SJF: What is your strongest asset?

JK: If I have to choose one asset that I find very useful in my journey it is the fact that I always look at the positive side and keep moving forward. There are struggles and difficulties, but I know at the end of it, I will get myself up again and continue my journey, doing my absolute best to be better each day. Some have said that I am strong, but I say I am not strong at all, but I will choose to get up again when I fall down, not because I am strong, but I know I will have struggles, which is normal, what I have to do is to learn to keep moving forward, learning valuable wisdoms on its ways. I always dream of a better version of me in 10 or 20 years.

See what audiences have to say about Jeeyoon Kim!

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SJF: Valuable advice for all! I asked Jeeyoon’s Managing Representative, Bryan Smith to say a few words about working with Jeeyoon. Here’s what Bryan had to say:

“Jeeyoon Kim is truly a musician of the 21st century. Her polish and depth as a performer reflect a connection to music that is equally physical, intellectual, and emotional. A true citizen of the world, her empathy towards, and genuine interest in the people and communities around her inform her choice of repertoire and her interpretations. Combining world class virtuosity with a humanist and personal connection with the audience, Jeeyoon achieves a degree of engagement that is often lacking in soloists at this level. She brings a truly modern sensibility to classic repertoire. She is a joy to listen to,  and what’s more, a joy to work with”  -Bryan Smith

SJF: Tell us about your studio? What is like taking piano lessons with you?

JK: At the Dr. Kim Piano Academy, I have a wide range of students, beginners to advanced. I only have just handful of young students, but mostly students older than 16 and adults. I find teaching very creative. I see each student and their own character as if they are an already beautiful bonsai tree. I find the areas that they need strengthening, and areas that they could shine more as it’s their strength. Finding unique ways for each student to accept these instructions to grow healthy in music is an art in itself. I sometimes feel like a therapist and need to be a good therapist to make them grow in music, as my students often say they get to know about themselves much more in piano lessons than any other activities. I love it.

Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim
Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

SJF: Tell us…what makes Jeeyoon Kim “TICK”?

JK: Besides music, I do appreciate experiences with food. As a foodie, I can write an entire book about what I like about certain foods in certain cities. Recently I had an experience of dining in a restaurant called Benu in San Francisco. I still vividly remember every bite of every course. It was a really beautiful meal. I get excited about going on some adventures with a certain restaurant in mind. But my normal daily routine includes a very healthy and clean diet.

I love going to classical and jazz concerts, musicals, and plays. I get so energized and inspired from those live performances. I also like to play ping pong and pool. I can say I am not really great at it, but I get very into it. I own a good ping pong paddle and a pool glove for my left hand.

SJF: Those answers made me smile!

SJF: If you had to do it over again…how would you choose what do in life as a career/profession?

Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim
Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

JK: Of course I would choose to be a pianist again, but besides that, I would choose something related to some language or food. Though I don’t definitely see myself as a cook even in a next life, I would love a job to communicate with people with different languages, which make me to travel for a job. After all, music is a language.

SJF: Here’s a fun question: What three things don’t we know about you?

I love watermelon. In fact, I have a weakness for them. I want to eat the whole intact thing in one sitting and I actually can do it undoubtedly, but I know I shouldn’t.

I have a black thumb, meaning I tend to kill all plants I have at my place. That is sad, but I really try. Not that I don’t water them, I do give them love and care, ,and water! Somehow no plants ever survived with me for a long period of time, even cactus. That doesn’t discourage me though. I keep trying to have them around me, doing my best to keep them alive. I talk to them each time watering them too -this might sound crazy but I do! I always get fresh flowers for my place. Flowers bring me a smile and that is more than I can ask for any object.

I enjoy at least an 85% or higher percentage of dark chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the more I like it. A friend of mine brought me 100% dark chocolate from Italy, and I actually liked that too. Probably somewhere around 88-93% would be my sweet spot.

SJF: Watermelon… Sad Flowers…Dark Chocolate! I shall remember that in the future!

SJF: An ideal week for you would include…

JK: I would have one public performance, three days of teaching, one beautiful meal at a great restaurant with people I love, weight training three times, swimming twice, practicing every day at least 5 hours except for the day of performance, praying every day, sushi one night, sleeping 8-9 hours, and laughing a lot.

SJF: Well said – you are very disciplined!

Courtesy of Jeeyoon KIm
Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

SJF: Describe your dreams

I am living the dream already in terms of what I am doing for life. I want to continue doing my dream, and keep dreaming more than I can be capable of. My dream is my limit.

SJF: Ah, you are fortunate to be living your dream and are very inspirational to others!

Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim
Courtesy of Jeeyoon Kim

JK: Where are your favorite San Diego places?

My favorites in San Diego are Little Italy and the Hillcrest Farmers Market, walking around Balboa Park, Broadway Athletic and Swim Club for my night swimming, Lunch at the rooftop at George’s at the Cove, Hane, Sushi Ota, Ken Sushi Workshop, True Foods, Cafe Gratitude, Coffee at Caffe Calabria, and Croissants at Cafe Chloe. (I need a separate article about this question)!

SJF: One of your most memorable live performance experiences, and why?

JK: When I performed Schumann Concerto at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Hilbert Theatre in Indianapolis, there was a tornado national warning and a big storm would be hitting us about 3 hours prior to the concert. I was completely soaked, even for 5 seconds trying to get to the hall from a car. Then we all realized that people would be completely discouraged to come to a concert for their safety, not alone some orchestra members for trying to drive through the storm. We contemplate cancelling the concert, then except one second violinist, all musicians were finally there, so we decided to do it anyway. Until the time I walked out to the stage, I had no idea how many people would be there. All I was thinking was probably just handful of people might be present, but it would still be nice to play. Then when I walked out to the stage, it was almost a completely filled hall with about 600 people and more enthusiasm from the audience than any other concerts I had ever played. They all decided the concert hall was in fact the safest hiding place from tornadoes, as the hall is completely sealed and there was no window! I had so much fun playing in that concert. I felt like we are having a great party inside a cave.

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Many thanks, Dr. Jeeyoon. You are truly an “extraordinary” gift to the world. 

To read more about Jeeyoon, go to www.jeeyoonkim.com or www.10MoreMinutesConcert.com

Read Jeeyoon’s Bio Here and Ticket Link for the 10 More Minutes Concert

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Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN, Interviewed by Elizabeth Scala, MSN, MBA, RN for “Your Next Shift” Podcast Episode #55

My PODCAST  Debut!

Have you ever been interviewed for a podcast?

 I was…and it was such a delight!

I thoroughly enjoyed being interviewed by Elizabeth Scala, MSN, MBA, RN for her Podcast “Your Next Shift”.  My interview,  Episode # 55, went “live” on August 10th, 2016.

I reached out to Elizabeth on Twitter several months ago, we “connected” and she interviewed me via Skype.

I admire Elizabeth  for her expertise as a phenomenal Nurse Entrepreneur, Coach, Speaker, Author and more!

Have just under 30 minutes? Take a listen!

Simply click the link below:

Your Next Shift Podcast #55: Susan Farese, August 10, 2016

 

We discussed my philosophy, how my upbringing shaped my career,  my many relocations, & reinventions, challenges, Nursing career decisions and successes, trust in my intuition, professional habits,  my advice to other nurses, a few improv ad libs, and more!

 

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The WAIT is over… as fruitlessmoon theatreworks Presents WAITING for GODOT

Now through April 10, 2016 at White Box Live Arts, NTC Liberty Station, San Diego

Ticket Link

After 16 years of waiting in the wings, Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece WAITING FOR GODOT returns to San Diego stages with the fruitlessmoon theatreworks 2016 production at White Box Live Arts, Produced and Directed by fruitlessmoon theatreworks’ Artistic Director, Aimee Greenberg.
Waiting for Godot Producer/Director Aimee Greenberg
Aimee Greenberg

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Extraordinary People -Sue Vicory

 Making a Powerful Impact

One Person at a Time:

Award-Winning Filmmaker Sue Vicory

by

Susan J. Farese

SJF Communications

Sue Vicory. Photo Credit: Landon Collis

My serendipitous connection with two-time Telly Award winning Filmmaker Sue Vicory began in 2015. It was meant to be! San Diego filmmaker/entrepreneur/educator Jodi Cilley, the President of the Film Consortium San Diego and the founder and producer of the annual San Diego Film Awards (and an equally extraordinary person) recommended that I connect with her film colleague Sue.  Jodi was so intuitive in facilitating our connection (which I hope will last a lifetime)!

Sue Vicory with Jodi Cilley
Sue Vicory with Jodi Cilley (courtesy photo-Jodi Cilley)

     A quote about Sue from Jodi: 

“Sue Vicory is one of the most inspiring and amazing people I know. She has dedicated her life to helping others and has gone out of her way to help build the film industry in San Diego in a variety of ways. She is a role model and I’m constantly amazed by her efforts to help people from all walks of life.” – Jodi Cilley

After reaching out to Sue via email, my daughter Emmy and I were cast in the short fiction film Downstage for the 2015 San Diego 48 Hour Film Project.  Sue’s production company “Heartland Films” produced and Sue directed, along with the writing team of Sariann Monaco, Holly Rone and Talia Pauletti. “Team XX” was a history-making, twenty-five member, all-female team.  Downstage is now on the film festival circuit. You can view Sue’s films and videos on  Sue Vicory’s YouTube Channel. Read my previous post about Team XX .

Team XX at Filming of Downstage
Team XX at Filming of Downstage (courtesy photo-Sue Vicory)

Besides working on Downstage Emmy and I have participated in a few of Sue’s community service projects and we continually network. It was because of witnessing Sue’s purpose, passion, vigor and selfless “chill” demeanor that I decided to interview her here as an Extraordinary Person, Sharing her Story!

Sue is currently on an amazing one year trip across the U.S. in her branded van with her “extraordinary” “My Power of One” (MPO1) 12 Acts of Kindness National Tour”. Her recently retired and extremely supportive husband Jay and their amazing (will tell you why later) Golden Retriever Kacy are accompanying her.

Here is the MPO1 Facebook page link and “12 Acts of Kindness National Tour”- Go Fund Me Site. You can order MPO1 t-shirts, hats, stickers, note cards, etc.: http://mypowerofone.com/product-category/t-shirts/ and read Sue’s blog: MPO1: blog: http://mypowerofone.com/blog/

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All-Female “Team XX” Makes History at the 2015 San Diego 48 Hour Film Project

 

First things first!

Have you ever heard of the 48 Hour Film Project?

San Diego 48 Hour Film Project

If  your answer is YES, kudos to you!

If not, the best way to describe it is a whirlwind weekend of tight deadlines, a love of the craft of filmmaking, an appetite for team building and bonding and a love for creativity. What more could film aficionados ask for? Oh, there’s also a screening on the “big screen” for each team soon after the weekend of filming!

In 2015, over 130 cities will compete in the Worldwide 48 Hour Film Project from  Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas!

How does it work? A team is formed and over one weekend, a short film (under 8 minutes, including a minute of credits) is written, filmed, edited and submitted within 48 hours! You might be saying “Are you kidding me”? NO, this is really how it works!

What’s the procedure? On Friday evening, in an orderly fashion, each team randomly picks a “genre”, (in San Diego there was a giant “plinko board” that teams took turns at), after which all teams are assigned the same line, character and prop that MUST be included in their film. For this 48 Hour Film Project. We’ll get to Team XX ‘ challenge soon!

Read more about the San Diego 48 Hour Film Project, which took place July 24-26, 2015. The event is Produced by Duane Trammell and Robyn Sarvis, and the website includes information about the Project, the film “Premiere” Screenings August 10-13, the “Best Of” Screenings and the wrap party August 22nd.

Producer/Director Sue Vicory, of Heartland Films (www.suevicory.comSue Vicory, IMDB Link) formed, Executive Produced and Directed the first “all-female” 27 member “Team, XX” film titled “Down Stage” for the 2015 San Diego 48 Hour Film Project.

Executive Producer/Director of Team XX film “Down Stage”- Sue Vicory

“Down Stage”, a Holiday Film, will screen with 12 other film entries in Group A at 6:30 p.m.,  plus about 13 films in Group B at 9:00 p.m. at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 on 701 5th Ave. in the Downtown Gaslamp District of San Diego (92101) on Monday, August 10, 2015. Tickets are $15 for the “Premiere” Screenings and $20 for the “Best Of” screenings. Tickets

Like Team XX on Facebook, Follow Team XX on Twitter (@teamxxsd) and Instagram (@teamxxsd)

 

Team XX Poster for “Down Stage” Design by Holly Rone

 

Team XX
Team XX at the Horton Grand Theatre. Photo by Nannette DeRobertis

 

Vicory had several “bonding” meetings  with most of the 27 members of the cast and crew (mostly from Southern California) a few weeks before the actual filming weekend. One such meeting had the 10 actresses, performing in a “mock talent show” audition which featured a variety of techniques, such as monologues, singing, dancing and improv.

With  Vicory and a few Team XX’ers present, Team XX Assistant Director Jen Allen drew the genre “Holiday Film” for Team XX  at the “kickoff” event at Liberty Station on Friday evening, August 24. The designated line for all teams was “Sometimes that’s (or that is) all you need”, the prop to be used was a “flashlight” and the character was to be either “Alan or Alice Downing, a Coach”.

Team XX writers included Sariann Monaco, Talia Pauletti and Holly Rone. The multigenerational writing team  cranked out the “Down Stage”  script about Mother’s Day within a few hours from Friday evening into Saturday early morning at Vicory’s seaside condo.

Down Stage WRiting Team Left to right: Talia, Holly Rone, Sariann MOnaco
Down Stage Writing Team Left to right: Talia Pauletti,, Holly Rone, Sariann Monaco Photo by SJF Communications

The script was sent digitally to the cast.

Actresses included:  Jess Antrobus, Isabel Canzoneri, Jody Catlin, Nancy DeMarsEmmy FareseSusan FareseCat Forrest, Lori  JonesSariann Monaco, and Holly Rone. Feel free to click on each name and photo.

 

The crew included: Sue Vicory: Executive Producer/Director; Lori Jones: Producer, Jen McCleary: Assistant Director; Maidy Morhous: Production Assistant. Amanda Niles: Sound; Angela Wong: Director of Photography; Kymberrly Scott: 2nd A.D.;   Krystin Cline: 2nd Camera; Tamara Ilich: Gaffer;  Cara Myers: Editor; Natalie Lauer: Production Assistant; Danni Michele: Animation;  Nannette DeRobertis: Photographer; Sariann Monaco: Writer; Talia Pauletti: Writer;  Holly Rone: Writer; Corrinne Smith: Communications; Pamela Weigelt:  Massuese;  Miranda Muse:  Massuese;  Lisa Wintersdorff: Makeup; Crystle Orantez: Hair; Susan Farese: Public Relations.  Special Thanks to SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and Derek Johnston at the Horton Grand Theatre.

Team XX filmed Down Stage at the Horton Grand Theatre throughout Saturday, August 25th. In the meantime, editor Cara  Myers began the editing process from her hotel suite at the Horton Grand Hotel as soon as Saturday’s footage became available and into Sunday with only one “pickup” of a voiceover on Sunday morning.  Serendipitously, the “7 minute 29 second” completed film, “Down Stage” was turned in to the 48 Hour Film Project at 7:29 p.m.

Some members of Team XX at tour of the Horton Grand Hotel
Some members of Team XX at tour of the Horton Grand Hotel

 

"That's a Wrap"- Team XX after filming at the Horton Grand Theatre (with Derek Johnston)
“That’s a Wrap”- Team XX after filming at the Horton Grand Theatre (with Derek Johnston)

 

 

I asked Sue Vicory about her experience with Team XX and the 48 Hour Film Project.  Vicory  stated  “The passion within this group was palpable. We each brought our A Game to the production. Collaboration is a natural strength for women and it shows up clearly on the screen of our first film, “Down Stage”.

Down Stage will have a Premiere Screening with over 20 other films on Monday, August 10th at starting at 6:30 at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, 701 5th Ave. San Diego, 92121. Here is the Ticket Link. Note: You must purchase tickets online, there will be no ticket purchases at the theatre.

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