Terrified Challenge

Four plus weeks ago I started teaching a class, at a well-known and reputable theatre school. Happily, I can report that the class feels to be not only going well, but has already exceeded my expectations.

I accepted the position for a few reasons… The second most influential reason was to hopefully learn more about my craft as an actor, through teaching others, recollecting my experiences, preparing for classes, and through other people’s eyes and their questions.  However, by far, the greatest reason I decided to take the plunge into education and offer up my nearly thirty years of practical and studied knowledge to others was that the whole idea terrified me.

I won’t list all the illogical fears that sprang up in my mind…because the only important point for this particular posting is that by saying YES to the opportunity, I was making a personal point to challenge demons of doubt.

Some of you may also know that I’m also currently enrolled back in college, part time… challenging other longly held beliefs.

Eight or so weeks ago I started taking Piano 101, and while I may never accompany myself in public, or play anything greater than simple children songs… the belief that learning piano would be a waste of time, and other resources… has already be disproven. Learning piano at such a remedial level has honestly, reminded me of the importance of taking baby steps (and repetition) in order to reach goals.

If it does require 10,000 hours to be an expert in anything, I’ve only got about 9,943 left… But seriously, it’s not about mastering the piano, or even playing the keys well, the process is really about learning something new, challenging myself, and increasing my knowledge base about music fundamentals to help me in other areas.

Lastly, for fun, I took a second class this semester, a large group, singing class…and while there are all sorts of levels that get up to the microphone to sing…I don’t think there is anyone who can’t improve something, or discover something to challenge themselves with.  So, after the first two songs in class went by… I made a point to ask the professor what she would challenge me with, knowing what she limitedly knew about my voice and repertoire.

She challenged me with doing a “soft” song…and doing a quick moving,  “patter” song, with some wordplay. That second suggestion, seriously, stopped me cold, and had my demons screaming again, seeded deep inside, again I found myself terrified…  Again terrified of something that couldn’t harm me…

  • “You can’t do a quick moving patter song…”
  • “That stuff’s for other people…”
  • “You get tongue tied…”
  • “You’d never be cast singing something like that…”
  • “In fourth grade the teacher thought that giving you one damn line was a stretch…”
  • “You can’t do it…”
  • “You don’t have that kind of voice…”
  • “You’ll fail…”
  • “You’ll make a fool of yourself…”

So, I took the challenge.

I took a few days, and listed twenty songs that I could learn, fighting the demons with each one. I considered each and then chose the one that I have had the sheet music for for over ten or more years, the same one that I thought might be the hardest on the list for me.

I even researched and presented my professor with a short paper on Danny Kaye, a performer who had a reputation of being able to do patter songs quickly and arguably as good as anyone had done them previously…hoping to discover a secret to the process.

Anyway, happily after weeks of memorization, and repetition, and working one word and one phrase at a time, finally this past week I performed it in front of my college classmates. It wasn’t flawless. It wasn’t “Professor Harold Hill” worthy (the character in the Music Man who sings the song in the 1950s Broadway musical) as it still needs work, ease, and smoothing out. Basically this was like a rehearsal run thru, without a director on board.

Regardless…as I don’t have to become a full-time facility member, or win a teacher of the year award, and…as I don’t have to become a professional pianist or play in public…the goal was not to be perfect, but to challenge the demons that terrified me for dozens of ridiculous reasons.

I’ll post a few clips of my college classroom performances below and two others. All have been previously posted on either YouTube or Instagram, I don’t know if you have to have accounts to watch them, but…

I guess we should always consider ourselves students and constantly seek to learn more… challenging ourselves especially when we have deep fears to something that can’t actually hurt us.

  1. What terrifies you that you can take steps to tackle?
  2. What do you do when someone suggests something that challenges you?
  3. When is the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?

– Quiche Out

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Last Night @ Gardenia

I got to Keri Kelsey’s open mic at The Gardenia late and was called up to the mic right after Karen HernandezDori AmarillioMichael Saucier did such a kick-ass, jazz instrumental session, that I didn’t want to get off my bar stool, personally, thinking that the evening could have ended perfectly right then.

However, I did get up…

On that bar stool I had a few ideas of what song I’d sing, but changed my mind on the fly on my walk over to the piano with my iPad, quickly searching for and selecting another song, only to change it once again after I put my electronic tablet down in front of Mike Farrell who was back at the piano. He is one of Hollywood’s go-to pianists for many of the singing or music-based TV shows…and has played with/for many well-known bands and singers.

Although I really didn’t want to get up, once the music started and I started singing, it truly felt awesome, at the very least it was a selfish joy to sing with such talented, world-class musicians playing behind me.

– Quiche Out

One For My Baby
by Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen

Tom Kiesche at Keri Kelsey’s open mic.
1/16/2018 The Gardenia – Hollywood, CA

with world-class musicians
Mike Farrell – piano
Dori Amarillio – guitar
Michael Saucier – stand up bass

Paperback is AVAILABLE (how to get a signed copy?)

Well, Amazon keeps me on my toes…

The paperback was available BEFORE the Kindle file!

Amazon releases the Kindle, today, November 6th... but in a surprise turn of events, Amazon allowed the paperback to be available, yesterday, on the 5th!!!

Either way, Happy Dance!

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Available thru Amazon—in paperback & Kindle.

Paperback: http://a.co/eewrJSa

Kindle: http://a.co/5pRmm5T

Details are on www.WeakdayDrifter.com, and on the Amazon pages, but for those that want to know how to get a signed copy direct from me… I’ll also put how, below!

– Quiche Out

HOW DO I GET A SIGNED COPY of Weakday Drifter?

For those with US addresses, for a limited time I will be offering signed copies, sent directly by my office, for $18.00 (you will be invoiced by paypal).

  1. Contact me directly, through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Email.
  2. You will be invoiced through PayPal.
  3. Once we recieve your payment of $18.00.
  4. We will send a signed copy of Weakday Drifter & Other Writings via Media Mail, by the USPS. You will likely recieve a tracking number.
  5. For the first several books ordered, I will include one of my very first, acting postcards, from the 90s. (One from the original printing! Also from the 90s! Very limited amount available.) Photo on 10-29-17 at 8.49 AM.jpg
  6. Will include a Kindle file, which will be Emailed to the address you get invoiced through. (Kindle file is for you to take with you on your phone or tablet, and so you can leave a verified Amazon review.)

NOTE: For those outside the US, available signed books will only be on a person to person basis. Rates would undoubtedly change dramatically, paperwork may be involved on our end, and I’m unsure about my abiltity to order Kindle files from the US Amazon, and send to other countries.

As Seen On World News!

Super happy to have been alerted about an article about Park Ranger Park posted on World News (WN.com) today…and I invite you to read the article.


Also if you missed it, Friday we made the FRONT page of Elucid Magazine, we’re still on the front page as of now…but below is the link to the full article. I would imagine the front page will change relatively soon.

If you’re reading it, enjoying it, or planning on getting it, please let me know…those things make me happy.

– Quiche Out

Direct link to the book on Amazon. 

WD NEWS Park Ranger Park


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Drive for Twenty-Five

The 24th review of Park Ranger Park is posted on Amazon. Awesome to have the guy who created Game of Thrones, George RR Martin and Janet Evanovich mentioned.

 Thank you all for purchasing, perusing, and for helping me with PR. Hoping for the 25th review soon, and then onward toward 25,000 and beyond.
Monday a publicity team climbs aboard, as I need professional support to help me move closer to that second mark. 

Make dreams happen.

– Quiche Out

More reviews on Park Ranger Park, exciting new mixed genre fantasy novel, by Tom Kiesche.
Park Ranger Park 

by Tom Kiesche 

Link: http://a.co/1wP0GEf

Want to know more about Tom…

Web site: http://www.TomKiesche.com

TV and Film Credits on IMDB: https://pro-labs.imdb.com/name/nm0452622?s=9aae5f1c-db8f-63fc-5a9c-cd61b26d4003

Older Acting Demos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6BBFEC1C449BD19B

Park Ranger Park (novel’s site) http://ParkRangerPark.com

Purchase Park Ranger Park (Fantasy Fiction) on Amazon

Sympathy for the Devil (Detective Noir mixed genre) on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1479213632/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_dp_T2_VLZrzbBR76T7A

And I’d Like To Thank (Oddly told tale) on Kindle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009V3GTAM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_dp_T2_-LZrzb99P3M8M

Closet Singer series: http://www.ClosetSinger.com

Closet Singer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2AC2B01716E6147A

Live Singing performances: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqX1ZMrtiiky_HVV85-aIDKioOD78AxmA

Kid Stories
Crazy Uncle Tommy https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqX1ZMrtiikwwuwZWBG6sEtwmFc34Ukz1

Right Direction (thx!)

I can’t do it without help! Thank you! To all that read, purchased, shared, told friends, reviewed, and helped along the way! Thank you! Thank you! June was best sales month yet! Hopefully soon it starts getting noticed.

Thank you for helping this book/story gain traction up the hill. Still a long way to go!

If you’re interested in receiving a signed copy directly from me. Direct message me. $19 shipping, tracking number, and tax included. If you want it faster priority mail $22.

Link to book on Amazon: Park Ranger Park https://www.amazon.com/dp/1541243919/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdb_WuOvzbFA3T024

– Quiche Out