Sareth Ney ~ Inspired Mic Spotlight – April 28, 2016

 

The Inspired Mic has a new home at the New Europa in the European Village, Palm Coast! The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. The write-ups you read on this site were all written by the presenters as a way for you to get to know them. The New Europa has the perfect atmosphere for an event like The Inspired Mic. Cozy. Intimate. A creative flair. The New Europe will host us Thursday, April 28th at 6:00pm. Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10.50 in advance, $15 at the door! Simply click – The Inspire Mic!

Sareth Ney

Sareth NeySareth Ney is a first generation Cambodian-American, award winning short filmmaker, journalist/superhero, stand-up comedian, festival director, podcast founder and co-host.

Prior to finishing Ney’s junior semester at Colorado State University-Pueblo, he read a book titled “Mister B. Gone” by Clive Barker (“Hellraiser”, “Candyman”). Ney reached out to Barker for an internship. After email exchanges, Ney was invited to Los Angeles to interview for the position. After being asked three questions by Barker, Ney became Barker’s intern. However, he had to wait a year to begin.

Ney began his summer internship with Barker, in the summer of 2009. His intentions were to become a future master of horror and have his name featured on one major motion picture. During the last week of his internship, Ney managed to bring up RZA (Wu-Tang Clan, Gravediggaz) to the studio. His goal was to introduce Barker to RZA and have them collaborate on a future project. What transpired was RZA and Ney having a three hour conversation, during the visit. It switched Ney’s mindset from working in film to music. Barker made Ney’s Hollywood dream come true and gave him a special thanks nod at the end of “Nightbreed:  The Director’s Cut” (2014).

After RZA left Barker’s studio with his entourage, Ney finished reorganizing Barker’s library. Barker met up with Ney and asked if he would return as his apprentice. Ney agreed because he felt he needed more knowledge. When Ney graduated from college, he moved out to Los Angeles. He became a Wu-Tang Clan inspired superhero, Wu-Man Chu.

While Ney learned from Barker, he became a journalist. He has written concert reviews for artists from the 1960s (Clyde StubblefieldThe Doors), sold out shows (Cypress HillDeftones), red carpet events (Rock The Bells Launch PartyRockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Press Conference) and acoustic performances by rock bands (Alice In ChainsBlack Label Society). After writing over 150 articles in Los Angeles, Ney returned to Colorado.

Ney was the former manager, booking agent and publicist for the acoustic rock band, The Widowhood Effect.

Through Ney’s articles and launching Pueblo’s Independent Multimedia Podcast with Nate Baptist, he provided publicity for Pueblo, Colorado’s performance arts scene. He also performed stand-up comedy. Since 2014, the music and comedy scene honors Ney with a festival called “Sareth-Fest” and vice versa.

Currently, Ney is providing press for artists in select time zones from local to international levels.

Tess Sparhawk – The Inspired Mic Spotlight March 31, 2016

The Inspired Mic has a new home at the New Europa in the European Village, Palm Coast! The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. The write-ups you read on this site were all written by the presenters as a way for you to get to know them. The New Europa has the perfect atmosphere for an event like The Inspired Mic. Cozy. Intimate. A creative flair. The New Europe will host us Thursday, March 31st at 6:00pm. They will have a wonderful buffet menu ($12 which includes gratuity!) Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10.50 in advance, $15 at the door! Simply click – The Inspire Mic!

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Tess Sparhawk has a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Texas.  She worked for twenty-five years in the software development industry for NASA and one of the nation’s largest computer manufacturing companies before completely transforming her life.
 
 And change her life Tess did!  She followed her dreams by moving to the beach where she lives with Jeff, the love of her life.  Her life’s mission is understanding why we get sick and how to heal ourselves.  She has over ten years of experience as an Energy Worker and recently became a Health Coach.  She has also been trained in Total Biology and TUT – Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Changing Your Life.
 
 As a Health Coach, Tess is a personal advocate for living an energized and passionate life.  She works with her clients to help them create happy, healthy lives in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline.  By working closely together, Tess helps her clients discover the food and lifestyle choices that best support them.  It is her belief that making gradual, lifelong changes enables one to reach their current and future goals.
 
  To read more about Tess:  www.CoachTess.com

Yep, We’re Excited!

loglineEntering Our Fourth Year!!!

Thursday, March 31st at 6:00pm, The Inspired Mic enters a new year of events! Hosted by the Europa in The European Village Palm Coast, we feel we now have the perfect venue with just the right ambiance as well as a popular location. The European Village has sprung to life with many huge events like the new Farmers Market. We’re thrilled to have the Europa back and we look forward to establishing ourselves in this awesome atmosphere.

The Inspired Mic is similar to an open mic forum in that presenters have 7 minutes to present their creative endeavors. We own a heavy allegiance to writers, particularly fiction writers, but we’ve had magicians, musicians, mentalists, singers, artists, actors, and virtually all genres of writers. Presenters must sign up for the event in advance (email me at: Author@MichaelRayKing.com), purchase a ticket, and send me a 40 word or less introduction (40 word limit strictly enforced, as is the 7 minutes of presentation time).

One of the cool aspects of this event is the incredible variety involved. Material is not vetted in advance, therefore, the entertainment is quite “potluck” in that you never know what the next presenter will be delivering. We’ve had tears from sad presentations followed by raucous laughter. We’ve had particularly poignant presentations, standing ovations, and social commentary. When you take into account the presenters are all local, you begin to see our communities own loads of talent.

To purchase a ticket in advance ($10.50 which gets you entrance into the event, a free drink ticket which comprises, beer, wine, soft drink, or water, and entrance into the end-of-the-evening raffle) simply click on this link: The Inspired Mic. Tickets at the door may be purchased for $15.

The Europa will offer a buffet for $12 for those who wish to have a bite to eat at the event. Seating is limited, so grabbing a ticket early is recommended. When you purchase your ticket online, your name will be placed on a master list which will be available at the door. The Inspired Mic appreciates Europa hosting our event and we encourage our fans to take advantage of their buffet menu.

Doors will open at 6:00pm. We will begin with our speakers at 6:30pm. The event will wrap up by 9:00pm. The Inspired Mic is very proud of the fact we begin and end on time, so please be aware that these times are true and solid. We will be introducing our first speaker at 6:30pm and we will be done by 9:00pm sharp. There will be a 15 minute intermission halfway through the event.

The Inspired Mic is ecstatic to be at The Europa and we look forward to a wonderful time at each event. Please plan on joining us for a grand evening of eclectic entertainment, good food, drinks, great atmosphere and a wholly enjoyable evening! Don’t forget! Get your tickets early! The Inspired Mic

The Inspired Mic Returns!!!

Yes, The Inspired Mic is back and better than ever! We have secured The Europa in the European Village as our venue. The event will kick off Thursday, March 31st at 6:00pm. Ticket prices remain the same, $10.50 advance ticket sales (online here: Inspired Mic Tickets) and $15 at the door.

The Europa will be offering a $10 buffet meal for those who would like to eat and enjoy the evening. With the purchase of a ticket, you receive entrance into the event, a drink ticket which can be used for beer, wine, soft drink or water, and entry into the end of the evening raffle.

We are looking forward to our new digs. The atmosphere is perfect for The Inspired Mic ambiance. As we enter into our fourth year, we look forward to what our local talented folk have to offer! So come on out! Get your tickets now as seating will be limited!!!

 

Ashley Flores May 2015 Inspired Mic Presentation Video

The Inspired Mic draws on local creative people to present their creations to a live audience. Many incredible moments occur, often when you least expect. Only the presenter knows what the audience will witness. The variety of entertainment becomes so divergent as to cause surprise to be a common element of the evening.

Magicians, musicians, writers of all genres, artists, actors, motivational speakers, nine-year-olds, eighty-eight-year-olds. Diversity off the charts. The following video of Ashley Flores is a plucked snippet from an evening in May 2015 at The Inspired Mic. Enjoy…and get your tickets for November’s event here: The Inspired Mic

 

The Inspired Mic Recap – October 20, 2015

loglineWhat Went on Tuesday Night!!!

The Inspired Mic Tuesday night played to a full house. What a night! As always, we had tears, laughter, impressive presentations, good food and a great time! Evenings like this are difficult to find anywhere else. The entertainment began with Sh’mal Ellenberg’s touching, poetic ode to Linda whose battle with cancer looms large once again. His heartfelt presentation of her strength and gentle nature was at once sad and a testament to a wonderful woman. Sixteen-year-old Angelica Timothy brought something new and different, as she often does. This night she sang a song she composed. The lyrics amazed as they addressed a hypothetical person on the verge of suicide, with the eloquent a powerful refrain of “You’re not worthless, and they’re not worth it…” I continue to say our young people are much more talented and insightful than they are portray by our media.

Carol Welsh brought us a heartwarming real-life story of her adopted son having his birth mother come into his life. An incredible family bond between the three of them felt so warm and amazing, that is a story you would not want to miss. To this day, decades later, the bond remains strong as ever. This is the type of story we should all hear more often. Alexandra King delivered a sci-fi oriented piece that is part of a collaborative project. As always, she delivered vivid imagery and dark, laugh-out-loud humor. Another of our teenage presenters, she presented with poise and confidence.

Newcomer to The Inspired Mic impressed us all with his lengthy poem “Live On” which he recited from memory. The poem took us through many of the ups and downs of life, and sent the strong message that through everything, we still “Live On.” Eighty-eight-year-old Harvey Baron had us laughing and in awe of his touching ode to his heart and how they (he and his heart) have survived all these decades together. Harvey is a treasure, and anytime you get a chance to hear him recite a story, all I can say is – enjoy.

Surprise guest of the evening was Mr. Steve Boone of The Lovin’ Spoonful fame. He read a chapter from his book, “Hotter Than a Matchhead” about the ill-fated trip where he attempted to sail a load of marijuana to Jamaica back in December of 1980. His book truly is a must-read book. After our intermission, Mel Johnson broke out his karaoke machine and sang a Dylan tune. Mel has one of those voices that you just do not expect. He has great voice control and he tunes into a lyric as well as anyone. Heidi Tassone brought a humorous piece this time about a Jewish family who decides (at least the mother did) to celebrate Christmas instead. As extended family members arrived at the house, funny hi-jinks ensued.

David Kozba, another of our teenage presenters, and a first-time presenter at The Inspired Mic, brought his own brand of sci-fi to the audience. His enthusiasm was infectious and his story held interesting premises. Renny Roker brought a chapter from his book “Positivity” and delivered the story about Casey Kasem of American Top 40 fame. Renny always strives to deliver the positive message and this night was no different.

Tricia Culligan presented a touching ode to her son and her abiding love for him throughout the decades. I was choked up on this piece as it delivered sentiment on that level a parent truly loves to access with regard to their children. Tricia’s voice is soft and soothing but contains so much strength, missing this presentation would have been sad. Jim Farrell read from his book “Kiss Me Kate” and as always, brought smiles to everyone. Jim has a knack for getting the audience in tune with him and his stories are fun and easy to follow.

Mystic Mel Melvin finished up the evening with a hilarious take on social issues. Mel always delivers fun everywhere he goes, and he’s consistently brought fun and laughter to The Inspired Mic over the years. If you missed Tuesday’s event, you missed a special one. Then again, they’re all special, aren’t they?

When you put a collection of creative people in one room and give each of them six minutes to impress an audience with whatever they believe is entertaining, you cannot help but produce an evening of delight. The Inspired Mic, now in its third year, strives for this each month. The next performance is Tuesday November 17th. The way to remember the date is the third Tuesday of each month brings The Inspired Mic to town. Make plans now to come on out and enjoy the festivities in November before all that holiday hullabaloo. You’ll be glad you did!

Heidi Tassone – The Inspired Mic – October 20, 2015

The Inspired Mic is at Cypress Knoll Golf Course August 18th. The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. The write-ups you read on this site were all written by the presenters as a way for you to get to know them. Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10 in advance, $15 at the door! You may get tickets in person at Change Jar Books, and at the Cypress Knoll Golf Course Country Club. You may also purchase advance tickets at The Inspire Mic

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Heidi Tassone grew up in the Bronx, New York and currently resides in Florida with her husband, Joe and her dog, Brutus. She’s won several writing contests for her short works, including Star of Wonder, Deadly Dating, Our Little Secret and Maxine’s Valentines Surprise, and has five tales published in an Anthology called, Mosaic, A Collection of Short Stories . She is also published in Gems Magazine. Heidi is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature and The Long Ridge Writer’s Group where she successfully completed short fiction and novel writing courses. She enjoys her quiet life in Florida where she can freely write stories and novels that keep readers at the edge of their seat.
Heidi first aspired to write when having lunch with her now husband, Joe. He mentioned a dream he had which seemed very realistic. Heidi told him she always wanted to write a novel, but never tried. With encouragement from her husband, she took several writing courses online.
While driving to work, a thought came to her regarding a women living in New York having visions of murders, only the murders weren’t in New York. They were somewhere tropical. In search of the reason behind her visions, she discovers the murders are real, but taking place in Florida. Thus sets off a world wind of turmoil and intrigue for her protagonist, Lisa Martin. From finding out the truth about her family, to romance, to becoming the focal point of the murderer, Lisa Martin is in for a ride of her young life. Hence, “Behind Green Eyes.” becomes a reality.
Because of an online writing group, Fanstory.com, one of the secondary characters becomes a favorite. So began a second novel, not yet completed, “Deadly Secrets”, staring a New York detective, Peter Sharpe searching for the killer of his former Captain.
Heidi enjoys writing to keep the reader surprised. She also loves short cliff hangers throughout her stories. Hopefully she will find the time to get “Behind Green Eyes,” published and “Deadly Secrets,” completed.

Jim Farrell – The Inspired Mic – October 20, 2015

The Inspired Mic is at Cypress Knoll Golf Course August 18th. The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. The write-ups you read on this site were all written by the presenters as a way for you to get to know them. Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10 in advance, $15 at the door! You may get tickets in person at Change Jar Books, and at the Cypress Knoll Golf Course Country Club. You may also purchase advance tickets at The Inspire Mic

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Jim Farrell moved to Florida in June of 2013. After he arrived here, he completed his first novel, Brooklyn Boy, a semi-autobiographical novel about a young boy growing up in the 1940s and 1950s in Brooklyn and Long Beach, NY. When you read it, you will find yourself falling in love with the young Puertoricana, Anita Sanchez, the hero’s young girlfriend. One person who does not love Anita is the hero’s mother. The conflict between the boy and his mother creates compelling reading. Who will win in the end? The most often heard comment from readers: “It brings me back to my childhood. I loved it!”

After publishing the novel, Jim published a second book, a collection of short stories, Kiss Me, Kate and Other Stories. KMK is set in a variety of locations and illustrates the depth of the human spirit, the importance of laughter and the miracle of love. Bill Reynolds, columnist for the Providence Journal, recommended the book in one of his columns.

This summer Jim completed his second novel, The Extraordinary Banana Tree, about the fall of Saigon in 1975. Again it is semi-autobiographical. The author was Manager of Flight Operations for Air America. The main character, Billy Dobson, is Manager of Flight Operations for Air America. The reader will also fall in love with Cheryl Flynn, the heroine, and a beautiful, amazing woman. Jim seems to fall in love with all his heroines. EBT was featured in the fall issue of the Air America Log.

Jim just took Michael Ray King’s Write a Book in Thirty Days course, and actually completed the first draft of his third novel, Mikey’s Quest for Father God, during the course. He has completed the first rewrite and is working on editing now. After final editing in Ohio, the book will be published this fall.

He is currently working on a second collection of short stories, The Committee and Other Stories. Anyone who has ever lived in a community with a HOA and the self-appointed enforcers of real and imagined HOA rules will love the title story. One story, It All Started One Saturday in Perth, is now one of the author’s favorites. If the author likes it, it must have a pretty heroine. It does, Sky Winters. She appears in two other stories in the collection.

Jim is a member of the Florida Writers’ Association, and recently published a short story in their magazine. He has had a few local book signings. His books are available at Change Jar Books in Flagler Beach and The Book Rack in Palm Coast. They are also available in the Flagler County Library in Palm Coast and the Volusia County Library. And, of course, on Amazon and B&N.

Tom Sisti – The Inspired Mic – October 20, 2015

The Inspired Mic is at Cypress Knoll Golf Course August 18th. The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. The write-ups you read on this site were all written by the presenters as a way for you to get to know them. Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10 in advance, $15 at the door! You may get tickets in person at Change Jar Books, and at the Cypress Knoll Golf Course Country Club. You may also purchase advance tickets at The Inspire Mic

The Magic of Tom Sisti

Tom Sisti magicMy magic career began in the early 2000’s. I attended an Adult Ed class in Clifton, NJ High School. The class was entitled Introduction to Magic. The instructor was Dennis Telischak, a professional magician in northern New Jersey.

It was a 6 week class on Thursday nights. One night fell on the evening of Dennis’ “Magic Meeting”. Dennis belonged to the International Brotherhood of Magicians. His “Ring” or Chapter, #113, was for the Lyndhurst, NJ area magicians.

Most of the students attended the meeting. Just by chance, two popular magicians from northern New Jersey performed there; Rocco and Tony Hassini. I was extremely impressed with both men.

I was so impressed; I joined the Ring that night. Months later, I became the Secretary for two years, then the President for two years, then back to Secretary, and a second term of President. I am now in Ring #251, the Daytona Beach magicians. This Ring was inactive for four years. With the help of Harry Allen of Daytona Magic Shop, we now meet the second Thursday of each month for dinner at Bob Evans in Palm Coast.

I started with children’s’ magic, and did not enjoy it. I then turned to close-up, strolling, and walk-around magic. This is for a restaurant, cocktail hour type of setting. This caters to adults and families. I enjoyed this venue very much.

I still do strolling magic today, and have added parlor/small stage magic. This is a great venue for magic, also. I have come to enjoy parlor magic as much as strolling magic.

I can be seen performing at Grand Openings & Ribbon Cuttings. I also volunteer at Florida Hospital Flagler, and will perform at some of their events. I also perform monthly at Grand Oaks Nursing Home & Rehab.
Magic is an art. It requires lots of time and practice. Being able to perform the mechanics of a magic trick is a small part of being a magician. Redesigning the trick to your personality, and changing the “patter”, or verbal dialog is huge. Finally “acting” is a very large part of being a magician.

Harry Houdini once quoted: “A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician”. And finally practice, practice, practice is what keeps us as amazing as we need to be.

Aaannnddd We’re Off!!!

loglineTuesday, October 20th, The Inspired Mic rises again! Yes, we will be at the Cypress Knoll Country Club Bistro on Easthampton Blvd in Palm Coast. We have a great lineup forming. A magician has already signed on, as have a number of teenagers. It’s always an experience to hear what our young people are creating.

The Inspired Mic continues to bring local, talented people onto a public stage where they can reveal the fruits of their creative efforts. This event is something to support, as there are not many, if any, venues that allow for such a broad range of creativity. In the past couple years, we’ve laughed so hard we cried, blushed, been horrified, entertained, informed, motivated, inspired and many, many other wonderful life experiences.

Coming very soon, we will have the bios of some of our presenters. This will allow you some insight as to what they are working on as well as show a little of who they are. We do look forward to seeing you at Cypress Knoll on the 20th, and we hope you will support us by telling others about our unique event! Tickets are available now at Cypress Knoll Bistro, Change Jar Books, and online (simply click the link at the top of the page to purchase.

Remember, tickets at the door are $15!