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presented by Betty Dravis

Betty headshot turquoise braceletAs you all know, I’m the celebrity interviewer for Dames of Dialogue. I apologize for missing quite a few blogs due to multi-tasking with my own books and several short films.

I finally made time to come around to visit the Dames in order to introduce a young artist who caught my eye through friends. Kerry James Junior is very popular in his home state of Indiana, landing more TV and radio gigs on a weekly basis. I came across the following short blog about Kerry in the online paper New Scene Music.

I think the kid is good, but check him out for yourself. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002430081915&fref=ts

by Mike Tree

Kerry james jr 1Kerry James Jr… Wasup, Errbodyt It’s ya boy Mike Tree reporting a New Artist Alert as I checked in with a regional sensation by the name of Kerry James Junior, better known as K.J. He creates a very special connection between his supporters, media and fans that he calls KJayers at this stage in his career

K.J. contributes the majority of his celebrity status to his support system; his soulful, self-taught talent is just a plus. K.J. sets himself apart from the pack mostly by his homely attire. In almost every video you can catch him in flip-flops and a hunter’s hat as just an added player of the “connect-ability” he has with his fans. Quite a sense of solidarity, in my opinion.

Kerry James Jr. 2

When i asked K.J. if there was anything he’d like to add to the story, he stated, in true K.J. fashion, that this article is dedicated to his “home team,” so to speak: first, his mother, Wendy M Sanders-Johnson, his #1 inspiring woman; second, his sisters, Kelly Jo Rogers and Crystal Nicole Conway; third, his brother, Robert Sanders; and last but not least, his God-Uncles, Mike Brown, Lake County recorder & Northwest Indiana freelance writer/journalist, and Anthony Alonzo.

They say a picture is worth a hundred words, so take note and look out for K.J. in some performances  near you!

Today, the Dames are pleased to present multi-genre author/poet/songwriter Allen Rizzi. Welcome, Allen. Tell us about your latest book, Our First Year – Sketches from an Alpine Village.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur First Year – Sketches from an Alpine Village is the true story of an American couple’s first year living abroad in northern Italy. Told through short, often humorous sketches, this book introduces the reader to life in Italy’s South Tirol region through the eyes of newly arrived American residents. Centered in the small alpine village of Tret, the people, language, and customs here come to life through a personal narrative of everyday living. This book is available exclusively through Amazon’s Kindle Store.

I’m not much of a traveler but if I ever do travel abroad, Italy would be #1 on my list of places to go. Since I’m terrified of flying, I’ll have to read your book and live vicariously through you and your wife. Can you share a little bit about what you’re working on now or what’s coming next?

I have just released a second book on Amazon’s Kindle platform entitled, The Blackest of Canyons. This is a personal memoir set against a background of 50 years of fly fishing in the American West.

Two other books will be released in March of 2013. The first is scholarly work devoted to the history and restoration of an antique cemetery in northern Italy. The second is an anthology of my 1970s song lyrics. I have also just started an historical fiction novel about the inner workings of the music industry entitled, Hey, Mr. Publisher. These are diverse subjects, to be sure!

Very diverse! It sounds as if you have a little bit of something for everyone. Who are your favorite authors, the ones you read when you should be doing something else? Why do they appeal to you?

I have always loved T.S. Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Mark Twain and Homer. They get to the point and waste very little ink while forcing the reader into their worlds. As a child I read a whole lot of poetry. I think Poe, Coleridge and Eliot taught me the rhythm and meter that I have used successfully in all of my writing, from music to nonfiction. As a child I was introduced to obscure and formidable classics such as Homer and Chaucer. What I took away from reading these was that I’d better learn to be a really terrific writer just to get by.

A few of my own favorites in there. How long have you been writing?

I have been a professional (paid) writer for over 50 years. I started writing poetry as a child and received my first check at thirteen. I have successful experience in poetry, drama, fiction, non-fiction, and music. Additionally, I have written biographies, human interest stories and articles for magazines and periodicals. I currently write in English, Italian and German.

Your first check at thirteen? That’s impressive, as is the fact that you write in so many different genres and forms. Who or what has been the biggest influence in your writing career and why?

My family has been the biggest influence because of their support and encouragement. Writers need a bit of applause now and then and I have been fortunate to receive that from my parents and my wife. As far as song writing is concerned, I would have to mention both Gordon Lightfoot and Johnny Rivers as both influenced my lyric and composition styles.

Oh, yes, every writer needs a bit of applause in their world and family is often the best source of encouragement—at least that I’ve found. Tell us a little bit about where you live.

Currently, my wife and I live both in Etowah, North Carolina and Tret, Italy. We have been residents of Italy for eleven years and honorary southerners for only three years. We find both locations fascinating with loads of great people. I have been retired for ten years and I do a lot of volunteer work both here and in Italy. Some examples include cemetery restoration and teaching genealogy, English, Italian and German. Prior to retiring, I worked as a teacher, music producer and petroleum consultant in California and Oregon.

Honorary southerners, I like that. You sure do stay busy and I’m sure Etowah is delighted to have you and your wife in their midst. Where do you find inspiration for your writing?

I often find inspiration in the past, perhaps from an old photograph, an old piece of music or simply wondering where someone else’s life has taken them. Also, certain musical chords (E minor, A minor 7, etc.) often propel me into a writing theme or mood. Travelling the world and learning foreign cultures has also inspired much of my recent work. Ideas for my writing have even come from obituaries.

I’m with you on the old photographs and obituaries, both of those have played an important part in my writing. Traveling also, but only within the confines of our state—there’s that fear of flying thing again! What are major themes or motifs in your work? Do your readers ever surprise you by seeing something else in your stories than you think you wrote?

My major themes almost always involve appreciation for the past, acceptance, and optimism for tomorrow. I also like the occasional epiphany. I am a realist who doesn’t see the point in complaining about yesterday. The reason behind raw emotions is a recurring motif as well. My readers don’t normally find anything in my work that was not specifically intended.

Again, I’m with you on the appreciation for the past and optimism for tomorrow. I used to hate anything to do with history but since my sister and I started writing about our great aunt’s life, I’m hooked. During our research, I’ve often been amazed at the hardships they faced and their faith that they can accomplish anything. How many hours a day do you write, where, and are there any specific circumstances that help or hurt your process?

I am very sporadic. Sometimes, I will write for ten hours or more without a break. Sometimes, I don’t write forRizziAllen months. I write, on average, two hours a day. However, I vary my writing time and balance my writing with the rest of my life. I write at home and while travelling. The surroundings often help rather than hinder my writing. Quiet reflective moments are best. However, I once wrote a song with a complete score while eating lunch. Basically, I write when I have something to say that I feel is important.

It’s nice to hear another writer say their writing is sporadic. I never have been an “every day” writer and often wonder if it’s a curse or a blessing that I can’t seem to force myself to sit down every day at the computer and pound out a certain amount of words. But I dearly love those times when I can’t force myself to quit! What are your thoughts on the standard writing advice, “write what you know?”

You’re talking to a believer! I write only what I know and not what I might like to know. Since my motivation for writing is to share, I can only share what I know. I call it the “Colonel Sanders” way of writing; don’t try to be all things to all people and do it right.

I’ve never heard it referred to as a “Colonel Sanders” way of writing, but it sure does fit! Any family influences? Memoirs in the making?

BlackCanyonCoverFinalI come from a creative, competitive family. My brother is a well known poet, my sister is a writer and my father was a concert violinist. My mother supported her entire family’s creative endeavors and was the most widely read person I’ve known. Our home always encouraged reading and the value of creativity. I have completed two memoirs of sorts: The Blackest of Canyons and Three A.M., the latter being a song lyric anthology with complete histories of 81 song lyrics.

Wow, there’s that family influence again. How wonderful for you to have such a supportive and creative family. Have you bought an e-reader? What is your overall impression of electronic publishing?

My wife and I have e-readers. I am a recent convert to electronic publishing and proud that I was able to overcome close to a half century of “old school” thinking as a writer. The internet and e-readers have broadened my audience to include people who live all over the world. I certainly could not have had this opportunity years ago with just my typewriter and local publishing house.

Thank you for joining us today, Allen. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you a little better—even though we’re in a writers’ group together, the time for socializing isn’t always there. I hope you’ll come back and visit us often on the blog.

For more information on Allen and his books, visit his Amazon Author Page, or find him at http://allenrizzi.wordpress.com or on Linkedin.

 

 

Interview by Betty Dravis

Jessica on vacation in Italy

Betty Dravis: Hey, Jessica… It’s great to see you. I’m overwhelmed by the number of entertainers and artists who suggested you for this interview. You’re a promoter of new talent, building fan bases for them, but it looks like you have a big fan base yourself. (laughs) On your various websites you state that you couldn’t live without music in your life. I assume that’s why you love entertainers so much and want to help them succeed.

There’s so much I want to ask you, but where to begin? Hmmmm… How about at the beginning…with your childhood in Canada? What kind of precocious kid were you, Jessica? When did you first start swaying along to music and realize you enjoyed it so much? Were you pushing your little friends off the merry-go-round, encouraging them to sing and dance instead? I bet you did something like that…

Jessica Gilbert: Hi, Betty. Thanks so much for having me here. I feel very honored to be among so many wonderful and talented people. You’re right, music (and the arts) is something I can’t live without, but I never went so far as pushing my childhood friends to perform. (laughs)

I truly love working with artists and being a part of their journey to the top. There is so much great talent out there and being able to assist an artist in even a small way makes me feel good because it’s one step closer to helping them reach their dreams.

Jessica as her fans see her; she's an MT Robison "Street Angel" too.

I was born in Montreal, Canada, but left as a baby for Houston, Texas. I spent my childhood there until the age of ten. I was, generally, a very good and independent child because I was as happy doing things on my own as I was being with other children or adults. As a child I liked creative endeavors too: drawing, painting, coloring, writing and especially puzzles. I had learned the alphabet through the medium of puzzles by the age of two, which apparently was unusual, according to the playgroup “directrice”…much to my Mother’s surprise. I loved the performing arts: took ballet and tap-dance lessons; enjoyed singing to myself and making up songs and recording them as I came up with the words. At about age eight I organized a school play, Return to Oz, in which I was involved in all parts of the production, placing myself in the lead role. (laughs) I was also engaged in fundraising activities for various causes. In fact, at my school I was the first child to initiate a fundraising activity which led to many other student fundraisers.

Betty Dravis: Just as I suspected, Jessica, you were a precocious child. (laughs) And then when you grew up, did you start attending concerts? If so, can you recall your first concert (who you were with, who was performing, etc.)? Please share the emotions the live music aroused.

Jessica Gilbert: Yes, Betty, I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend many concerts! My first concert was Tina Turner in Målaga, Spain at age ten with my parents and sister in the summer outdoors. I can’t say it was the best concert experience because it started really late. It was also hot, buggy and I got tired of standing. However, I still loved seeing her live! Back then I played Tina’s music a lot as she was one of my top favorite artists (still is today), so getting to see her in concert was an exciting experience for me. I was overwhelmed with joy to be there.

Jessica with popular singer Kelly Clarkson

 

I’m not sure what I’d do without music because not only is it great for entertainment or inspiration, but soothing to the soul. Literally, I go to sleep listening to music, listen to it when I wake up and throughout the day have some music playing. Music gives me an inspiration to think, create, write and relax.

Betty Dravis: Wow, Jessica, that’s a lot of music, but if it inspires you, that’s what matters. I can understand how that works for some people, but do you choose different music to create different moods? For instance, what do you listen to while writing? While relaxing?

Jessica Gilbert: Yes, Betty, the kind of music I listen to depends on what I’m doing, time of day, how I’m feeling, etc. For instance, while writing or painting I like inspirational music. While relaxing or before bedtime I like soft music. I even have a playlist in my iTunes called “Relaxing Mix.”

Betty Dravis: That sounds sensible for a person so attuned to music, as you are. I’m curious about your writing, Jessica. In addition to articles for your new online magazine, what type of writing interests you? We’ll talk about the magazine later.

Jessica Gilbert: I’ve written short stories, and screenwriting has always been an interest of mine. In college I took a film-writing class, so learned the technique for this type of writing. For the class assignment, we had to write a seven-minute script, which turned out to be a success. Subsequently, I thought it would be great to turn it into a feature-length script. I also have an idea for another one inspired by actual events in my life. However, any screenwriting I do will be an extra thing when time permits.

Betty Dravis: I wish you luck with all your projects, Jessica. While on the subject of writing, in your Facebook notes you posted a lengthy list of biographies and autobiographies of famous people. It contains a fascinating array of movie stars from Rita Hayworth and Ray Milland to Jane Fonda. What prompted you to post that?

Jessica Gilbert: Betty, the list of biographies and autobiographies that I posted was on behalf of a friend of mine who has this book collection for sale. So, I wanted to help spread the word about it.

Betty Dravis: He certainly has an interesting collection. Do you aspire to write a book someday? If so, are you interested in fiction or nonfiction?

Jessica Gilbert: Yes, I’d love to write and illustrate a children’s book. Since I like to draw, paint, write…and I love children, I think this kind of book would be a great opportunity to combine all these elements together. Actually, Betty, I have a couple of ideas for children’s books. (smile)

Betty Dravis: Oh, you’d be a natural for children’s picture books, Jessica. I’m here to tell you that they are a joy to write; takes one back to one’s own childhood. I’ve only published one YA, The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley, but I have three unsubmitted picture books that are partially illustrated by my granddaughter, Kristy Soza. I would so enjoy doing my own illustrations, but, unfortunately, don’t have the talent of a kindergartner. (laughs)

But changing the subject, you wrote somewhere: “I’m not your average girl.” What do you mean by that, Jessica?

Jessica tours Venice in a gondola.

Jessica Gilbert: Well, Betty, I’m not your average girl because I’ve lived a life that many people don’t get to experience. I’ve lived in three countries (USA, Spain and Canada) and traveled extensively throughout much of Canada, USA, Europe and the Dominican Republic. So I feel very fortunate to have experienced living in different countries and cultures. Also to have been able to do all the traveling I’ve done up to this point in my life.

Betty Dravis: You’re right about that, Jessica: You are fortunate. I’m about twice your age and have only been in two bordering countries and about twenty of our United States. (laughs)

I hear you just returned from Italy, which is one place I would love to visit. I’d enjoy going there now while filmmaker Tony Tarantino is directing Between the Olive Trees. I could kill three birds with one stone: meet Tony, actress Susan Kennington who has a prime role in that movie, and Antonia Tosini, talented author of the book the film is being made from. Now that would be a thrill.

Was your trip vacation or business? And did you meet any new artists while there?

Jessica Gilbert: Betty, my trip to Italy was a much-needed vacation. (smile) I had such a blast traveling throughout Italy and got to see so much in twelve days. The highlights of my trip were Venice and Capri. I love Italy, so hope to make it back there again soon. I didn’t meet any new artists while there, but finally got to meet one of my MySpace friends in person…a gifted photographer.

 

Jessica with parents Freda and Adrian Gilbert and sister Lauren in Spain.

Betty Dravis: I saw photographs of your trip, Jessica, and Italy’s as picturesque as you say. Breath-taking, in fact… I know you love to travel and get around much more than the “average girl,” so I’m sure your time there is a treasured memory.

But I’m the most curious about the promotion aspect of your life. I know that you promote a number of talented people: musicians, authors, singers, dancers, artists, etc. But from the sheer number of musicians you help, it’s obvious you prefer them. I know you promote singer/guitarist/lyricist MT Robison and The Messengers and are a huge fan. I met you through M.T. after he was featured in our first Dream Reachers book. He’s awesome and has some clever promotion going on himself. For instance, he calls his fans his “Street Angels” and a white feather is one of his trademarks. Like you, I’m a Street Angel, too, Jessica; I adore MT. He certainly has it all “going on”: the look, the voice, and the creativity—not to mention a huge stage presence. He can’t miss with a publicist like the talented Linda Shrader in his corner.

How many fan clubs have you founded and who else do you promote besides M.T.?

Jessica Gilbert: I do promote many musicians, but it isn’t that I prefer them over the others because I love all types of artists. I just end up connecting with more musicians simply because so many more come my way on the various social networking sites. Yes, I do promote MT and The Messengers. I adore MT so much…as both artist and person. Linda Shrader is amazing and he truly is lucky to have her as his publicist.

I’ve founded eight fan clubs for various musicians. To tell you about all the wonderful artists I promote would be a whole interview itself because there are so-ooo many of them. However, to name a few: Kashy Keegan, Wildon Ash, Michael J. Scott, Neil Barlow, David Blair, David Barreto, Kadesha, Lizann, Daz, Elena Vogt, Tima Montemayor, Olivia Gray, Tobiah and Orly Vardy. They are all amazing artists that can be found on MySpace and I highly recommend checking out their music.

Betty Dravis: That’s quite a roster, Jessica. I expect many of those to be big names in the future; you certainly have an eye and ear that’s attuned to the pulse of the world. You were even kind enough to start a Dream Reachers Fan Club on MySpace and on Facebook. My co-author Chase Von and I are humbled by that. Just to be included on the same page with all your talented friends is an honor. Thanks so much for your faith in us.

Speaking of MySpace, your MS page is incredible, chock-full of talented people and current bios and links. Each time I visit your page, the photos and art are so appealing that it boggles my mind. I feel like I felt the first time my mom took me to an ice-cream parlor. How could I choose just one flavor? I wanted them all… That must be how you feel when deciding who to promote. What’s the first thing that draws your attention to a promising artist, Jessica?

Jessica Gilbert: It was my pleasure to start a Dream Reachers Fan Club for you and Chase Von. It’s a wonderful and inspirational book that everyone would enjoy reading.

When I visit ice cream parlors I always have a hard time choosing flavors too. (laughs) Yes, I feel exactly the same way when deciding which artists to promote. It’s going to be really hard choosing who to interview for each issue of my magazine because I really do love so many artists. What draws my attention the most to a promising artist is how much they give of themselves, which leads to our connection. One of the qualities I value most of all, besides talent, is originality.

Betty Dravis: You probably don’t know this, Jessica, but originality is the first thing I notice when choosing a book to read and review, also.

Since you currently do the publicity and promotion as a labor of love, do you plan to make a career of it? If so, is your forthcoming magazine the first step towards making your dream come true? I know you “wear three hats” with the business: publisher/managing editor/freelance writer. As a former print newspaper owner myself, I can testify that there are many more hats than that. (laughs) But tell us more about Talent Spotlight Magazine, Jessica. When will you launch your debut edition? And can you give us a sneak peek at a few artists you’re interviewing for the first edition?

Jessica Gilbert: Betty, I would like to make a career in artist promotions (and possibly even in other aspects of the music or film industry) because I’m passionate about promoting and working with all types of artists. Perhaps I might work for a record company in the PR department.

Talent Spotlight Magazine came into creation as a result of my desire to participate in the creative process of talent. It is very fulfilling for me to offer artists a creative venue to promote their talent. As well, selfishly speaking, I hope this creative venue will be a good means to get myself out there as a promoter. I’ve thought about doing something like this for a while now and always wanted to work with a magazine. So, now I can…with my own. (smile)

TSM will be an online magazine that will come out bimonthly, starting this October. It will feature in-depth interviews with talent from all genres of the arts: music, photography, art, film, print and more. The magazine’s primary focus will be on new and emerging artists. However, it will feature more established ones as well. Each issue will also feature an organization or cause–there are so many wonderful causes and organizations out there that I feel it would be great to promote them too–reviews and more! It will have a whole variety of different artists in each issue, making it a more diverse magazine. Some of the artists that will be in the launch issue are two of your original “Dream Reachers”: Kashy Keegan and MT Robison. I will also be featuring April Star Davis, a jewelry designer whose designs have been featured in numerous fashion magazines and in various movies. Her jewelry has also been worn by many top celebrities.

Betty Dravis: Great minds think alike, Jessica: I thought about interviewing a famous jewelry designer for Dream Reachers: Vol. 2, but due to heavy demand for the available slots, I didn’t have time. I look forward to reading your story about April Star, and of course, dear Kashy and MT. As you know, they were interviewed by my Dream Reachers co-author Chase Von for that book. Your first edition sounds like a winner.

I understand that the talented writer Michelle Jackson will be working with you on the   magazine. Did you know that she wrote the following about you?:

I am wonderfully blessed to call Jessica my friend and to be on this great journey with her. She is extremely talented in the arts and has a heart of gold, reaching out to others who possess the same passion. She is motivated and driven to help artists of all genres to reach their dreams in this great Industry. I have great hope that she will succeed in achieving these goals

That’s high praise, Jessica, and “heart of gold” is how many of the artists describe you. Can you tell us a little more about Michelle and her duties with TSM?

Talent Spotlight Magazine Writer Michelle Jackson

Jessica Gilbert: Yes, Betty, I’m blessed to have Michelle Jackson working with me on the magazine. I connected with her instantly awhile back through a friend. We share a love for the arts, plus she’s also a wonderful writer. Michelle is a great singer too and I have told her she should put her music out there. Then I can promote her as well. (smile) I didn’t know what Michelle wrote about me until it was up on the TSM MySpace site. I’m infinitely grateful to her for her kind words and generosity. She will primarily be a contributing writer with interviews for the magazine.

Betty Dravis: Michelle sounds like a real “keeper.” You two have a lot of mutual respect and admiration for each other. I look forward to reading her articles too.

Talent Spotlight Magazine–that’s a perfect, self-descriptive name, Jessica, and your logo is very attractive. It’s all the buzz with many artists that I know. I’ve been hearing about TSM for months and months. We’re eager to see your first edition and wish you incredible good fortune.

Jessica Gilbert: Glad you like the magazine name and logo. (smile) I designed the logo myself and received positive feedback on it, so am pleased that people like it. Awhile back in Canada, I took an intensive graphic design course as I enjoy playing with graphics as well. I know that many people have been anxiously waiting for the launch of the magazine and I promise that wait will soon be over. Thank you, Betty, and to everyone else for your tremendous support for TSM.

Betty Dravis: The late promoter Bill Graham, who was the best in his day, had some incredible stories to tell about how he got started. After meeting the San Francisco Mime Troupe at a free concert in Golden Gate Park, he gave up a promising business career to manage the troupe in 1965. After Mime Troupe leader Ronny Davis was arrested on obscenity charges during an outdoor performance, Graham organized a benefit concert to cover the troupe’s legal fees. The concert was a success and Graham saw a business opportunity. He was an American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991. We wish you fame and good fortune, too, but hope your success begins with less public scrutiny than Graham’s. (laughs)

Jessica, being such a lovely, dynamic and active young woman, when do you find time for dating? Or is that something you’re postponing for the time being?

Jessica Gilbert: That’s interesting about Bill Graham, Betty. I bet he did have great stories about his work as a promoter! Perhaps after I have more experience, I’ll write a book about it someday.

But to answer the big “dating” question: While I am busy with all the work I do, I always have time for dating. (smile) Finding Mr. Right and settling down is high on my priority list.

Betty Dravis: I thought you’d say that, Jessica, but I’m glad to hear you confirm it. All work and no play makes Jessica…well, you know how that old saying goes. (laughs) Okay, now that your priorities are settled, let’s move on…

I hear that the very talented David Barreto, one of the musicians you promote, wrote a lovely song about you. Tell us about him and how that made you feel? I find that incredibly romantic. Do you have a link where our readers can hear the song and do you mind sharing the lyrics with us?

Jessica Gilbert: Yes, David Barreto did write a wonderful song about me titled “Jessica.” I was really honored and flattered he did this song for me and will cherish it forever. Friends who have heard it said he really captured the essence of me. I don’t have the lyrics, but people can hear the song on my “Jessica’s Artist Network” page. David truly is a talented and amazing musician, one I proudly promote. (smile) BTW, he also did a Talent Spotlight Magazine jingle for the website.

Betty Dravis: Oh, Jessica, I love that catchy jingle; the way David drags out the words (Talent…Spotlight…Magazine) is so cool. Makes me want to dance…

Since you’re multi-tasking now, Jessica, do I dare ask if you have a “day job?” If so, where do you work? If not, let us in on the secret of survival without working. Are you an heiress or some rich man’s daughter? (laughs)

Jessica Gilbert: LOL, Betty… I’ve been taking Spanish classes in the mornings to brush up on my speaking skills. The rest of the day is a combination of artist promotions, magazine work and painting/drawing. Recently, I got back into my art and would like to build up a body of work to sell (originals and prints). My background is in art, as I majored in studio art with an emphasis on painting/drawing at university. Soon I shall also be offering an official listing of my services and rates for online promotions and management.

Betty Dravis: I’m glad to hear you’ll soon be going professional with your promotions, Jessica, and the news about your art is welcome too. I would love to have an “original by Jessica,” so keep us posted about that too. Meanwhile, I invite our readers to view your online gallery (under Art in your Facebook photos) and if they see anything they like, to contact you.

 

Landscape Near Royal Victoria Hospital in Watercolor 1998 - My favorite painting in Jessica's gallery.

Since we all must prioritize our schedules, here’s a food-for-thought question that might be fun to answer: Can you name three things in your life that you couldn’t live without?

Jessica with Joshua Radin, American folk recording artist, songwriter and occasional actor.

Jessica Gilbert: That’s an easy one, Betty… I can’t live without my family/friends, travel and live music.

Betty Dravis: Well, that’s short and sweet, Jessica, but it says a lot for your character and values. Thanks.

Another question that usually brings out the humor in people is: What’s the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

Jessica Gilbert: You know, Betty, I really can’t think of an embarrassing thing that has happened to me. I’ll share a funny story with you instead. For my tenth birthday in Texas (it was also my last one there before I moved to Spain the first time around), my dad got a piñata. For people who don’t know what it is, it’s something made from either a clay container or a cardboard shape covered in paper mache. The tradition with a piñata is that you fill up the inside with sweets and goodies. Then everyone is blindfolded and hits it with a stick until it breaks and the sweets fall out. However, that didn’t quite work out the way it should have. My friends and I were hitting the piñata non-stop, waiting for all the sweets to come out–but no traces of any.

What my dad didn’t know was that he was supposed to fill the piñata with sweets himself. So, all the hard work hitting that piñata to get it open didn’t pay off with sweets. This was one of those occasions where you just had to be there. (laughs)

Betty Dravis: Oh, no-ooo, Jessica… That’s hilarious! You poor kids, but I feel sorry for your father too. I hope the kids didn’t get after him with those sticks… (laughs)

Now for another question: If you could spend an entire day with just one person (living or dead) who would you choose and why?

 

Jessica with Joss Stone, English soul and R&B singer–songwriter and actress.

Jessica Gilbert: This is a tough question, Betty, because I’d like to meet people from all walks of life who work in different fields because everything fascinates me and I can learn something from everyone I meet. But since I have to pick one, I’d choose to spend an entire day with Ellen DeGeneres because she has had all types of people on her show and must have many wonderful stories to share about her experiences meeting them all. An entire day would be needed to hear about much of them, plus I think she would just be so much fun to hang out with in person. (smile)

Some celebs I’d love to have an encounter with include: Julie Andrews, Wentworth Miller, Anthony Hopkins, Barbara Walters, Brad Pitt, Alec Baldwin, Robin Williams, Scott Wolf, Bette Midler, Adam Lambert, David Cook, James Blunt, Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Five For Fighting, INXS, Daughtry, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jewel, and lots of others.

There are so-ooo many celebs I’d love to meet. I’ve been fortunate to have already met some of them, including: Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Adams, Rob Thomas, Rosie O’Donnell, Gary Sinise, Kurt Browning, Joss Stone, Kelly Clarkson, Joshua Radin, David Usher, Suzie McNeil and some others.

I received a phone call from Alec Baldwin when he filmed the TV mini-series “Nuremberg” in Montreal and came close to meeting him. I would still love to meet him.

 

Jessica with Alexa Wilkinson, singer-songwriter, guitarist and trumpet player.

Betty Dravis: Wow, you’ve met a lot of celebs, Jessica. My daughter Allie used to adore Cyndi Lauper. In fact she resembled her so much that she dressed like her one Halloween; a dead ringer in that pink dress, black mesh hose and black-and-white, high-top sneakers. A wonderful memory…

As for meeting Alec Baldwin–you and me both… The funny thing about Alec is that I like him better today in his maturity than I did when he was younger. I often wonder why that’s true with certain actors. But you must share the story about how you came “close” to meeting Alec. I want to hear all the juicy details… (laughs)

Jessica Gilbert: Well, Betty, it was simpler than I thought it would be. I just sent Alec Baldwin a note expressing my appreciation for his work; included my number and also shared some pix of my art. So, one night I got an unexpected call from him. That took me by complete surprise since this doesn’t happen often–at least not between a celeb and fan. When we spoke, he expressed interest in meeting and seeing my art work, saying that he would get in touch with me again if it were possible. I never heard back from him, so that’s why the meeting never took place.

However, a couple months later I did receive a lovely, personal note from him mentioning how much he admired my work and one day hoped to own one of my pieces. So, I actually sent him a small painting as a gift and got a nice thank you note from him.

Anyway, he’s not the only celeb I’ve received mail from; I used to enjoy sending letters of appreciation to many of my favorite celebs. I have over a hundred autographs. Some I did write to through the film’s production office when they filmed movies in Montreal (at one time they were filming tons of movies there).

However, with Gary Sinise and Nicolas Cage, I left letters for them with assistants on the movie set. I was actually one of the thousands of extras in that movie; you can’t see me though. I had an awesome day, watching the filming in action under the direction of Brian de Palma, and also had a free lunch and t-shirts imprinted with the name of the movie and cast.

In response to my letter to Gary Sinise, his personal assistant called, inviting me to the wrap party.  I went, of course, and met Gary there. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a pic with him. His sweet, pretty assistant told me he was overwhelmed with pictures. But I received two signed pix in the mail later on. It was also unfortunate that Nicolas Cage and de Palma weren’t present at the wrap party; they had already left town. Nicolas Cage also responded back to me, signing and writing a short message on the pic I had enclosed. I want to share this story about Cage and Sinise with you, too, since it’s a nice story.

Betty Dravis: You’re right, Jessica, those are heart-warming stories, reinforcing my opinion that high-ranking people are not much different than you and me. The majority of them are hard-working, sincere, down-to-earth and friendly. I’ve seen that same caring quality in many of the celebs I’ve interviewed. It’s good to know that about Alec, Gary and Nicholas; thanks for sharing.

Well, Jessica, we’re nearing the end of the interview, so this is a good time to mention anything that I might have missed. I’ll post your links in closing, so your fans and friends can find anything else they might wish to know about you.

Jessica Gilbert: You didn’t miss much, Betty, but I’d also like to add that I have a children’s page dedicated to all causes and organizations related to children. People can check that out on my Artist Network page. It’s called “Jessica’s Precious Treasures of Hope.” At some point in the near future, I’d like to create some kind of fundraiser project to raise money for some of those that I strongly support. If anyone would be interested in working with me on something, please get in touch with me.

Betty Dravis: That’s an important point to mention, Jessica. Children are our future and I’m pleased to know you have plans to help them also. Now, so that our readers can keep track of you and your many projects, I’m going to post your main websites:

http://www.myspace.com/Jessicaartistpromotions

http://www.myspace.com/talentspotlightmagazine

http://www.talentspotlightmagazine.com

It’s been delightful chatting with you, Jessica, but the time flew and I must bid you a fond farewell. We learned a lot more about you today and definitely look forward to reading and becoming a fan of Talent Spotlight Magazine. It will be cool to follow the careers of you and your clients…your awesome artists!

Thanks for sharing your dreams with us. You’re a caring, dynamic woman with a heart of gold, as you have heard many times before. May all your dreams come true, and keep rocking to the beat of your own drummer! I’m so happy to add you to the growing list of our Dream Reachers.

Jessica Gilbert: Betty, thank you so much for inviting me to be here, and I will keep you posted on everything! Love and Blessings xo

by Betty Dravis

Dr. Linda Salvin.KLSX 97.1 FM final night on the air.2009

Betty Dravis: Dr. Salvin, you are a first for me! I have never interviewed anyone with your special skills before, so I hope that we both learn from this interview. Since I am a devout Christian, I’m somewhat of a skeptic–but a skeptic with an open mind…at least during the course of this interview (laughs). I know that you believe in God, too, so am eager to see how your psychic skills fit in with His plan for your life.

As you know, my co-author and I write books called Dream Reachers and they’re all about high-achieving people and the problems they encounter in reaching their dreams. I chose to interview you because you definitely fit that category. As well as being on popular websites like Dames of Dialogue and Student Operated Press, your interview will also be included in Dream Reachers: Vol. 2.

I met you through Facebook and you come highly recommended by actress Katherin Kovin Pacino who is one of your best friends. Tell us how you met Kat and exactly what it is you do. I read that you had been a successful public health official and that you got started on your new path through a series of traumatic accidents. Can you share about that? I realize your life reads like a book, so please share the highlights.

That said, let me welcome you to Dames of Dialogue with open arms. It’s always fun talking about the “unknown,” so I suspect we will have fun. I know our readers enjoy reading about interesting people and you, Dr. Salvin, are that and more.

Dr. Linda Salvin: Hi, Betty… and please call me Linda. We have chatted enough on Facebook to be on a first-name basis. I prefer the informality of places like Facebook, as I know you do.

First off, let me thank you for inviting me to participate with your Dream Reachers, Vol. 2 publication as well as the Dames of Dialogue and Student Operated Press. I am honored to be considered a high-achiever among your other featured people. You have such an impressive catalogue of celebrities you have interviewed throughout the decades, I cannot see how I got so lucky to be included in your collection. Again, my heart-felt appreciation…

To answer your first question, my background is Health Education and Epidemiology, the study of epidemics. Many people thought it was skin, which is dermatology. (laughs) Although I will discuss my educational background in depth below, once out of school, many strange events began to take place in my life. The first occurred in the fall of 1977 after I returned from Europe. I had just been offered a position at General Dynamics in Pomona for an Industrial Hygienist. The job entailed creating a program to ensure the health and well-being of the manufacturing plant from chemical and toxic exposures. The weekend following the interview, I had a bizarre fall in the bathroom where I passed out, was rushed to the hospital and found I had sustained a concussion when my head hit the toilet and broke a chunk of porcelain. I was laid up for about ten days, called the company and asked if they could hold the job for me.

All the while, something inside me told me not to take it. I ignored that little voice and worked there for two-and-a-half years. I established the Industrial Hygiene program just as OSHA was coming of age in the late ’70s. I was one of four professional women in a very male-dominated industry of many ex-military personnel; certainly not the place for someone like me who once walked moratoriums for the Vietnam War in high school!

During my years in the health field, among other things, at USC I did brain tumor research as well as research on Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange, developed the drug abuse program for Cal State Northridge, taught AIDS education to kids on parole in the California Youth Authority. But the funny thing was, I just could not figure out how I ended up working at a gray metal desk with my window looking out at barbed wire fences. I quit my job without having another to go to. My spiritual journey was about to begin…

Betty Dravis: Sorry you had the accident, Linda, but perhaps that ended up for the better since it probably had a great deal to do with your rethinking your job situation…even if you did go on to work over two years in that program. (laughs) And NO, I can’t picture you behind a “gray metal desk,” but it’s heartening to know that you were helping people in both phases of your career. But please continue. I’m eager to learn all about your spiritual journey and everything you do now. I know you’re a popular radio host with a big following, but other than that… Hmmmm…

Linda Salvin with President Gerald R. Ford at University of Michigan Dinner.March. 1977

Dr. Linda Salvin: Well, Betty, I’m just as eager to tell my story. Talking it out is cathartic, in a way. OK, after leaving General Dynamics in early 1980, a friend from San Francisco asked if I wanted to house-sit their home while she and her husband traveled through Europe. (I had actually known my friend in high school and ran into her in a college class in San Francisco.) Her offer came at an opportune time for me, so I took advantage of the offer to partly decide if I would want to relocate to the Bay Area again and partly to escape many of the conflicts I was facing.

Not sure what I was going to pursue at the time, I decided to return to what I have termed, “the scene of my crime” to figure out what happened to me along the way. I moved back to San Francisco for two months, but loved it so much that I stayed five–until deciding to return home to Los Angeles where I planned to enter the music industry once and for all.

I had begun my spiritual trek a year or two before, seeking out what God and the universe really meant to me, had in store for me and what spirituality might mean to me. I went on unemployment, taking time off after six straight years of college followed by a few years of work. It was time to think things through.

While there, I interviewed at UC Berkeley for an Epidemiology appointment, was flown down to Long Beach for an Industrial Hygiene position. I was offered both and rejected both.

While in San Francisco, I took what was then called est training, a popular self-awareness workshop. After that experience, staying with friends and finally getting ready to make a commitment again, I packed up my car, drove down the coast and landed in my parents’ home in Beverly Hills. It was also their 30th wedding anniversary party and I wanted to be there to celebrate with them.

In December, 1980, I interviewed with an insurance company for an Environmental Health Specialist position which I was offered. I was in training just two months when I received my first out-of-town assignment; it was in San Jose, California. I drove to Newport Beach to meet my partner and then to John Wayne Airport to catch a plane to San Jose. We were to test ethylene oxide exposure in an autoclave to determine chemical exposure levels in a hospital. We needed to determine the safety and toxicity levels to insure health standards were in effect. An autoclave is where surgical instruments are sterilized. We instructed the staff not to open the autoclave door during the next four hours. At the two-hour-check mark, we discovered someone had tampered with our sampling and invalidated our entire day’s work.

We decided to pack up and head back to the airport. While sitting in the coffee shop, I turned to look at the parked plane and said, “Doesn’t it look like it could crack there?” When my partner turned, he did not see the exhaust or settlement line that I did, which seemed to appear beyond the wing of the plane. An hour-and-a-half later, our plane crash-landed to avoid collision with another plane taking off on the same runway. Statistically, the probability of all of us surviving was about two billion to one. But we did! I guess you could say that was my first premonition.

My life changed forever that day, February 17, 1981.

Linda with Musician/Producer George Brown, founding member of Kool & the Gang

I spent many years confused, frightened, spiritually challenged, alone and trying to figure out what had happened to me. When I say alone, I mean few people could identify with my challenges, feelings or sensations. I didn’t know I had become so God-conscious and psychic at the same time. I did not know where to turn, who to talk to. Even therapists could not identify with me. I was in conflict for at least six years, to say the least.

However, during that time, I had a number of “wake-up calls”: my car was hit by a fire-truck; in 1984, I totaled a car; and had the white-light experience and was given a choice to live or die. Had I not experienced all of this, I would not believe it either…

Yes, there is a God in my life! Although raised Jewish, my awareness of God broadened. Yes, I believe there is something out there directing us all on our journey–especially when we veer from our truth–or to encourage us to move more toward our higher and ultimate purpose if the soul’s yearning to grow is such. I know I had a thirst for knowledge I did not understand in high school but was philosophical in my own right. Yet, as an adult, I entered the world of science and was less creative than I had been.

We all change through our decisions. What I have learned is that if we get off the path, by opening spiritually, we can return to our God-given self and become who we were intended to be…

The plane crash opened my eyes, as did all the other accidents. I was going toward music but then psychic abilities took over and although I ran for eleven years–while attempting to work in public health, health education at a local university, working as an epidemiologist in cancer research, etc.–things still did not sit right within me. I became restless and uncomfortable within my own skin and did not know why. It was as if a surge of energy was pushing me. Intelligence, attractiveness, education, a nice salary and gee, something still wasn’t right.

Betty Dravis: Frightening accidents and experiences like that would make anyone sit up and take notice, Linda. Yours was a hard path to get where God wanted you to be. Thanks for sharing your San Francisco college years. What other colleges did you attend? Since your parents lived in Beverly Hills, is that where you were born? A so-called Valley Girl at that time? (laughs)

Linda Salvin, relaxing at home

Dr. Linda Salvin: I grew up in Sherman Oaks, Betty; my parents moved to Beverly Hills when I was in grad school.  My college education extends beyond San Francisco State University. I began undergraduate work at Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys, California and left in my sophomore year, February, 1973. This is where I made a very big mistake in my life that now is just a chunk of time for learning a big lesson–a painful one at that! I followed a boyfriend up to college even though we had just broken up. I did not have the courage to say I no longer wanted to attend that school, so I left home and went anyway. Not a good experience for me but I did earn my BA in Health Science in May, 1975. I can still hear my mother asking if I wanted to come home and my reply of “No!” How many times do I wish I had said, “Yes?”

That summer after I graduated, I was working as a camp counselor at a Girl Scout camp when I received a phone call from my mother, saying I had been accepted to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for my Master’s in Public Health Epidemiology. I really liked studying disease and thought it would be exciting to do and I considered becoming a doctor. I quit camp, went to visit friends in the Bay Area, returned to LA and prepared for grad school.

Four years after grad school was the life-altering plane crash. Gee, did my life change!

In 1989, I was working for a private organization where we taught AIDS education to kids on parole in the California Youth Authority. On a weekend night, I was hit in my car by another car that jumped the lane, spun out on the Hollywood freeway. I was so frightened, I just said, “Oh, God, help me!” as I scrambled for the brake pedal. Like the Red Sea parting, all eight lanes heading north into the San Fernando Valley that night came to a halt and somehow, by the grace of God, I was able to turn my car around and drive over to the right shoulder where there were a few other cars who had been involved in the accident. I was not at fault. I had to get all the information from the other people. I knew I had a headache but did not know the extent of it at that time.

Each accident I had been in damaged my back, neck and arms, but they also took me out of my body and closer to God. After the last accident, I had such agonizing headaches that the neurologist told me it would take at least two years of treatment before I felt better. But after what I had been through since 1981, there was no way I’d spend two more years healing.

I was determined to get well fast, so I found a wonderful chiropractor who was able to unlock the pinched nerve and assist me. Thank God for chiropractors.

Betty Dravis: Those headaches must have been awful to endure, Linda, and I’m so glad you found help from a chiropractor. That’s a wonderful testimony to their skills. My son-in-law Nick Rodriguez is a chiropractor. He and my daughter Allison own O’Hara Chiropractic in San Jose. He sure was a blessing to me when I suffered a pinched sciatic nerve. But please go on, your story is gripping.

Linda with actor Rodney Allen Rippy at Katherin Kovin Pacino's Birthday Party.2010

Dr. Linda Salvin: Your son-in-law and daughter are healing people, too, Betty. I’m pleased to hear that. God’s blessings on them…

The odd thing is that after that accident, I became more psychic, but due to the headaches, I quit my job, took on odd jobs and played music around town. But fate stepped in again: In 1991, I fell ill and needed emergency surgery. My gynecologist explained that as a result of tumors, if I didn’t have surgery, I would end up dying. I remember him asking how important having children was to me. Having already by-passed a few of the relationships I had ever considered having children with, I knew the decision to surrender my child-bearing abilities for my life was my next challenge. So there I was, facing another very difficult and upsetting time…again.

The upside was that shortly after I began to heal, the energy from my hands began to flow from me and the healing gift I have today emerged. I did stand-up comedy for awhile and the joke was that they took out my uterus and I became a healer. Go figure… (laughs)

Betty Dravis: You’ve certainly had a lot of pain in your life, Linda, but you are such a giving, caring woman, I know you would suffer it all over again in exchange for the gift of healing and helping others. You’re an amazing woman; a less strong woman wouldn’t be able to endure what you did and then joke about it in your comedy routine. Wow! Tell us more… I’m eager to hear how you got started in radio, and I bet our readers are, also.

Dr. Linda Salvin: Well, Betty, I do have more to say, but I’m not used to talking in-depth about myself, so stop me if I go too far. (laughs) On the other hand, I could talk all night about my career. I love explaining the spiritual and metaphysical sides of life.

But first, I’ll respond to your radio question: I got started in radio in1994. I worked for Psychic Friends Network, was in their Infomercial with Dionne Warwick for two seasons (1992-93), worked awhile as a psychic and then went out on my own. Shortly after the 1994 earthquake here in Los Angeles, I was selected out of 365 people to be the night-time psychic on Los Angeles’s KBIG 104 FM radio. The station was one of the largest rock stations in town.

By that summer, I had built a following and was known as the radio psychic. The creative director there, who is still a great friend today, suggested I start my own show. I took his advice and after sixteen years, I have been nationally syndicated on AM/FM, cable and now I have my own Internet station. I hope to grow over time… as word gets out.

Linda Salvin & Famous Singer Dionne Warwick.1993.photo by Barry Slobin

Betty Dravis: Congratulations on going national, Linda. That’s a huge leap in the right direction. By stretching to reach your dreams, as we urge in our Dream Reachers books, you have fulfilled dream after dream. I’m sure your following will reach the stratosphere. I’m familiar with your show from your website and on Facebook and I got a taste of just how popular you are: When you and I started conversing there, I suddenly started receiving friendship requests from quite a few people who are huge fans of yours..and from your competitors, as well. (laughs) It was obvious, because they mentioned you in requesting my friendship. You can’t keep any secrets on Facebook, can you?

Dr. Linda Salvin: I didn’t know that, Betty, but you’re right… (laughs) I love Facebook. It’s a wonderful way to network, to meet people and, hopefully, help them with their everyday and health problems. Thanks for sharing that about my “fans” who contacted you. However, fans is such a presumptuous word… I like to think of them as clients…even friends.

But you asked about “all” I do, so I will start with metaphysics which is a combination of religion, psychology and esoteric beliefs. After all I had experienced and how I had grown, changed and evolved, I felt it best to validate my educational and professional side with the top degree to complement my previous academic degrees. I returned to school and received my PhD in 2008 from the American Institute of Holistic Theology

In the late ‘90s, I developed a candle line called Wicks of Wisdom® which are “…like a prescription for your soul.”® These candles include three per set with essential oils, herbs and powders to assist spiritually to increase finances, love, health, luck, win legal cases, balance dysfunctional relationships and much more. For years, I have received testimonial after testimonial from my clients and that–along with the readings, healings and channelings–gives me great satisfaction. Knowing I have been able to help others achieve something on their journey through life makes it all worthwhile. People can see the candles on TV and our website http://www.wowtvoffer.com as well as  http://www.lindasalvin.com

Linda Salvin.photo by Jody Frank Photography.2006

I mentioned channeling, Betty, and most people are interested in that. Here is the odd, painful way I came to learn I could channel: After the hysterectomy and the healing work, I discovered my body was developing more and more benign tumors. At one point I had about forty tumors removed from hips and thighs. They needed to come out as they each had their own independent blood supply, called angiolipomas.

I eventually discovered I was placing the energy from healing people back into my body. One day after surgery, I was wearing shorts, slapped my hands down on my lap and saw it: many of the scars of the various tumors that had been removed were in the perfect shape of my eight fingers and two thumbs. That’s when I realized I had to change the way I dealt with energy.

I had three more surgeries for tumors by 1999 and each surgery seemed to elevate my gift. I have learned that since anesthesia is the closest thing to death, it may also have had something to do with the spiritual changes I went through while removing the negative masses of energy I had accumulated in my body (which are considered tumors).

After the first surgery to remove the tumors, I had a client come to see me. He asked about his wife who was deceased. I began to speak as if she were coming through me. He said I was just like her. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I was given the gift of transmediumship after that surgery. All in all, the accidents led to opening up, finding God, knowing there is a force out there guiding me, you and the rest of the planet.

It appears that the first surgery took me to a new level and the following surgeries opened me up to yet a different world to help people, read, explore and comprehend the different dimensions of life.

I do not have enough time (or space here) to write a complete dissertation of my ideas of what this all means, Betty. I do know there is spirit; I do know there is something outside of ourselves and not just within ourselves that directs us. I feel that aligning and integrating is the key for the true life’s happiness and purpose. Love, work, fulfillment, happiness, contentment come when doing God’s will. There are challenges, decisions, choices and free will. I have learned how my will caused me upset and by becoming aware of spiritual laws, life’s flow and synchronicity timing of people, places and things, life took on an entirely new meaning and path for my purpose and fulfillment.

Even while in therapy for treatment of the post anxiety stress disorder I suffered following the plane crash, I could not heal or recover properly. I had difficulty sleeping and awakening. The only way I began to feel comfortable was when I found God in my life. I began to trust the universe, the energy, and the messages of the universe. I began to see that everything happens in time for a reason; that God’s rejection is God’s protection; and a coincidence is God acting anonymously. I began to understand the synchronicity of life.

Linda Salvin with Bill Pascali, Author & Keyboardist/Lead Singer for The New Rascals, Vanilla Fudge & other bands.Photo by Sue Michelson, Soul Gallery Productions.2010

As I said above, a year after the plane crash, I was hit by a fire-truck and in 1984 had totaled a car and experienced the white light, where I was given the choice to live or die. Regarding the white light experience, I was driving home on a rainy night. The street lights were out. I was heading north as a car entered the intersection going west. I broadsided the car. I said to myself, “They’re going so fast! I want to go home.” Next thing I knew, my car spun out and as I was spinning and came to a halt, and–as God is my witness–a white light went from the top of my head, through the ceiling of my Camaro and into the heavens. I heard a loud voice say, “You can come with us now or stay and do…” and I was given a message I choose not to share at this time.

Freaking out, I chose to stay. Paramedics pried me out of my car. When I stood on the street, I cried, “They want me off the planet! They want me off the planet!” I was rushed to UCLA for observation. After all the accidents from 1981 to this one in 1984, I felt like something was out to get me, change me and finally, redirect me. I know, many people say they would never drive with me. The truth is, I have been through so many different events that most people never go through…or perhaps only once. But I’ve been through many which continued to alter my life and perspectives. After a while, I began to feel like I had a connection to the “other side,” like a bumper car is connected by a metal rod to the electrical system above to drive around and bump other cars.

My first clients were through the Psychic Friends Network, even though after the plane crash my friends kept saying that everything I told them kept coming true. I knew I had become psychic but ran for eleven years before I embraced it and surrendered to using the gift for a career. The calls on the network helped me gain the confidence to read for people accurately.

Within months of my readings, I had several repeat callers telling me I was one of the few who knew what they were talking about, whose predictions actually came true and that I could help them. Six months into this, I received a call from the Psychic Friends Network office asking if I would be interested in being in their upcoming infomercial. I agreed and from there my psychic career took off. I worked the line a couple of years, was invited to do a few TV interviews like CNN-FN, Hard Copy, John & Leeza, etc. and one thing led to another. I had no idea what I was doing other than I created a business for myself using faith…with one foot in front of the other. Word got out on and off the radio, my client base grew to include celebrities and now, sixteen years later, I have read, healed and/or channeled for close to 18,000 – 20,000 people.

At the beginning of this interview you asked how I had met actress Katherin Kovin Pacino. Well, Betty, Kat and I met via my radio show. She was a listener, then a client. I read her a few times; she had already lost her husband Sal Pacino and I remember she had just met her current husband, Bill Lashbrook…or had just married him. We eventually became friends. She is a very down to earth, lovely person who I trust completely. That is difficult in the “Hollywood” scene. She is one of my friends who does not abuse my gifts and we understand each other. I do offer to assist her, to guide her. One of the sad things about my career is that there are people who want me only for my gift, but Bill and Kat see me as the person I am, as I see them for who they are, not what they do.

Linda Salvin with Katherin Kovin Pacino & David Oman

Betty Dravis: Twenty thousand people! Oh, my, that’s impressive to think you’ve touched so many lives… Thanks for sharing how you met the gracious, charming Kat. I met her on Facebook and I’m grateful she led me to you. I agree, she’s a lovely woman…inside and out. I was fortunate to meet her and Bill during the course of an interview for Dream Reachers, Vol. 2. My son Robert, his girlfriend Patty Carrillo and her mother Roma Vargas accompanied us to a fine Mexican restaurant in San Rafael. We had a wonderful time and it delights me that you both will be featured in our new book.

Dr. Linda Salvin: I heard about that from Kat, Betty, but I’d better get back to the question of how I got started in radio…before you get impatient with me. (laughs) I know you have a deadline: In 1994, after experiencing all I had in the ‘80s during that lost decade of mine–when all my friends were becoming yuppies and I was becoming psychic and spiritual with three near-death experiences–I had toyed with my music career again, but it never went anywhere. (Some news on that front is happening now, but I’ll share that below.)

When I was accepted into the radio gig, I saw immediate financial results and opted to concentrate on radio and psychic work to help people (instead of my music).  I gave up music for radio.

But my big news for today is that in February (2010), I just signed a new contract where I am being branded by a company for the new Dr. Linda Salvin Psychic & Astrology Network which is going to be a terrific new psychic and astrology line with great readers. I will be heard on national radio doing daily commercials for astrology and returning to terrestrial radio (AM/FM) with my two-hour broadcast, in addition to what I do currently online at http://www.lindasalvin.com We will be on hundreds of radio and TV stations advertising the line. The line will also upsell Wicks of Wisdom and the company will be airing my Infomercial. Therefore, everything I have done on my own until now (these past sixteen years) is being integrated and elevated to a new and grander level. Hopefully, we will go global.

Betty Dravis: OMG, Linda, your life story is mesmerizing. That white light experience would send the average person around the bend, but by that time you were deep into understanding your gifts, so were able to infiltrate them into your growing awareness of yourself and what you hope to achieve with your life. More power to you! And going national! All I can say is that you served a severe apprenticeship and are ready for it… Now, we have reached the point where you must share your other good news with us—your music news! I bet you are happy to finally be able to use your lifelong love of music as well as your psychic gifts. The future must look very rosy at the moment.

Linda Salvin on the Red Carpet.Donald Carraway Photography.2009

Dr. Linda Salvin: Gee, Betty, I thought music would simply be a form of pleasure and relaxation for me in my downtime at home. But as God and the universe would see it, after you asked me to write this, my dear friend George Brown (of Kool & the Gang) has offered to produce my music. We are meeting to discuss my songs which are quite spiritual and folksy. I began playing guitar at age nine and have never been able to evolve my style. I always sound like me, a folk singer, no matter what style I try to cover. I am most comfortable as a folkie, but was embarrassed by my style for many years. But now in the digital age, with online opportunities, it seems all genres are acceptable and music, which is the language of soul, is as unique as each of us. I have recorded demos of songs I’ve written and play rhythm acoustic guitar and am happy to finally be returning to the studio.

The future does, indeed, look rosy…very rosy! I am excited about the national syndication and the possibility of having my songs produced. I can’t wait to see what develops.

Betty Dravis: That’s encouraging, Linda. Music is a big part of who you are, also, and this opportunity will give you a healthy balance between the serious Linda and the fun-loving Linda. Go for it! But now, since we all love chocolate, I want to hear about this “heavenly healing, body-fortifying” chocolate you have on your website. I want some…and I want it now! (laughs)

Dr. Linda Salvin: Oh, I couldn’t forget that, Betty! (laughs) Well, as I began working for myself, incorporating the spiritual trek I had been on–the numerous accidents, setbacks, career choices, the search for God and healing and what to do with myself–I reflected upon my education and realized what we need out there. As an undergrad in health education, I remember one professor pounding the definition of health into our heads: “Health is the state of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and not merely the absence of disease.” Ok… Well, after the accidents, I found that physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, psychotherapy, and other treatments I sought to calm my fears and suffering were not as helpful as seeking spiritual guidance with God and energy. So it dawned on me to incorporate my experiences and help others understand spirituality, spiritual health and integrate with my new gifts of sight and healing. So, I’m a spiritual psychic, metaphysical healer and medium.

Now here’s where the chocolate comes in: I find products that work to help others, much like the healthy chocolate on my website. I have a very severe sugar sensitivity which I have battled most of my life but only in recent years have begun to understand and cope with. The smallest drop of sugar offsets my insulin levels so severely that my moods change drastically. I can become depressed, angry or weepy for a few days. Not a pretty sight… Remove the sugar and I’m fine. The same occurs with white flour products. Most of us do not understand that we really are what we eat.

Linda Salvin at post-Oscar Party.photo by Sue Michelson, Soul Gallery Productions.2010

While in New York in February, 2009, some friends introduced me to the product. I was nervous about trying it as I had not had sugar for nearly eighteen months. This was different, made for diabetics–which I am not. I am the opposite; my pancreas overproduces sugar. I guess I’m just so-ooo sweet! (laughs) Anyway, the product is full of antioxidants which destroy the free radicals in our body–which of course can cause our disease–so I decided to see what would happen. I had spoken to others and read miraculous health benefits from cardiovascular to diabetic.

The product is Xocai. The link is on my website. If any of your readers are interested, I would suggest they watch the video then contact me directly before purchasing so I can fully explain the product, health benefit and marketing abilities to make an income, too. If it works for me, it will work for you. Here is the link to the site. The video is amazing. Again, please contact me directly before ordering: http://mxi.myvoffice.com/lindacsalvin/index.cfm

In nine months on the chocolate, my cholesterol dropped forty-seven points; I visited the chiropractor twice in a year and not weekly as a result of the decrease in pain, an increase in flexibility and movement with synovial fluid; my arthritic pain and inflammation disappeared and I now have full range of motion in my neck where before I had about sixty percent from all the trauma in my past. The product works! The company says three or more a day is equivalent to eating a pound of broccoli. Which way would you prefer to ingest your antioxidants?

Betty Dravis: You don’t have to be psychic to know the answer to that, Linda, so bring on the chocolate. I have nothing against broccoli, but much prefer the yummy taste of chocolate. (laughs) But now tell us, was your family behind you in your new calling? I know that most people don’t deal well with change, so are there any humorous incidents from the time you switched careers that you’d like to share with us?

Dr. Linda Salvin: It pains me to say, Betty, but NO, my family has been very unsupportive about my chosen field as it is not something they understand, approve or respect. They were happy when I had my scientific title, and would have been more supportive if I had remained in the public health field. It has further isolated me from them with the additional challenges I have faced in building my business. No one could understand why I would be a psychic, let alone believe I am a psychic. I suffered quite a bit of ridicule from my family and even some friends, but when the infomercial ran and my parents’ friends commented about seeing me on air, I got a little respect.

Unfortunately, there are the gypsies and fortune tellers who give us bad names and there are skeptics for whom I love to prove my psychic abilities.

No one could understand! I couldn’t understand! All I knew was that I had developed a gift and after running from it for eleven years, I had to embrace it. I began my psychic career at age thirty-eight, radio at forty, received my PhD and launched the infomercial at fifty-four and here at fifty-six, I have an entirely new opportunity again.

Many people misunderstand the work, so there is no humor involved until I begin to ramble-off all the things that had happened to me. Before I reach the end, people do tend to grin a little…at the preposterousness of it all. And believe it or not, there are some things I haven’t even mentioned. For one, I failed to mention that the City of Los Angeles denied the fire-truck accident… well, enough is enough, I’m sure… (laughs)

OK, how many lives have I had? I’m still here and wondering what all of this means and why me? I have scars inside and out, but I am how I am. If I can’t find the humor past my own pain, how can I help others? I read, heal and channel with laughter even though many people do not understand my personality.

Laughter is natural medicine for the soul. I cry, I laugh. I heal, I love. I teach, help, heal.

Missy Wilson, Radio Consultant, Dr. Linda Salvin, Heidi Hamilton, Talk Show Host.Photo by Sue Michelson, Soul Gallery Productions.2010

Betty Dravis: Linda, I must say I don’t know anyone else who has had that many bad things happen to them, but even I can see the humor in the way you describe them… all lumped together that way. Sort of a Divine Comedy up close and personal…or is it just the Inferno part of that classic? (laughs) But I admire your positive attitude and I, too, believe laughter is a natural medicine. Is that an additional reason for how you survived it all?

Dr. Linda Salvin: Well, most of the time it did feel like an inferno, Betty. (laughs) And I do believe that laughter, perseverance and God helped me survive…and it does to this day! I have fallen down, scraped my knees, cried my eyes out and yet, look outside on a beautiful day to see the trees, dogs, cats, flowers, birds and know that in the end, there is a reason for all of this and I do not give up. Now, as I mentioned, I have a company behind me when a year ago I thought it was dead for good. It was simply a trying transition.

The infomercial call center was not converting our sales, the radio station I had been on for three years went off the air and my mother passed away unexpectedly. All the plates I had been twirling–from radio, infomercial production, PhD, private clients, and whatever else I was doing–crashed….hit bottom. We can only do so much.

The universe will only give us as much as we can handle and allow us to see, heal and then start up again if you do not give up. Meeting the face of adversity is scary, painful and discouraging. I am not married (YET!) and have no one to fall back on except myself. And when I fail, I have nowhere to go but to God. Of course, I have friends, mentors, associates, family, etc. but when confronting some of the deepest and most spiritual transitions and experiences of my psychic gifts, accidents, surgeries and ascensions, I really had nowhere to turn, Betty. I just learned to go day-by-day and trust, believe and develop faith at such a level that people, places and things were put in my life for a reason. Most of the time I was right…

Sometimes we are forced to reinvent, redesign, rediscover and recreate ourselves. Not everyone is handed life on a silver platter with opportunities without hard work. Some people seem to have an easier time than others, true. I feel a lot is timing, chance and preparedness as well as the ability to create what you want and be willing to seek the opportunities as they present themselves. I know I have by-passed opportunities I regret in hindsight and I wonder what I will tackle next for the future. Each decision leads to another on the journey.

Betty Dravis: I have not had an easy journey, either, Linda, and I admire your ways of coping. I, too, trust in my faith in God and his son Jesus to see me through. But now I’m curious about something else: Most people in your line of work notice—or someone in their family notices—that the person has some psychic ability at an early age. Did you have any special abilities or did it all evolve after your accidents? And have your skills heightened as you inter-relate with more clients with special needs

Linda with Legendary Rocker Edgar Winter, Monique Winter & Other Friends

Dr. Linda Salvin: As a child, I remember certain déjà vu experiences and a few past life experiences. I did not understand them at the time, but once I opened up, I began to remember. I recall something that occurred when I was about four years old: My father was showing me the sky in our backyard and I remember thinking to myself, Here I am again… meaning, I recognized that I had been here before. I know I am not of the earth plane. I did not understand it at the time.

I thought I had a pretty average childhood except I saw two planes collide in midair at age four. I began working for my parents at age ten, was a girl scout and sold cookies too. (laughs) Even then I knew that I was sensitive and intuitive, but I would not say I was psychic until after the plane crash awakened it and brought it all to light, so to speak. When I slid down the ramp from the plane, I noticed I was standing five feet, eight inches on the right side of my body and about fifty feet outside of my body on the left. That feeling (of being split in half) lasted about three or four months. I later learned I became what is known as a “walk-in,” where someone is close to death and a new soul enters. Ruth Montgomery wrote a book called Strangers Among Us around 1979. She describes the theory of walk-ins and referred me to the book. I had no idea what it meant until a psychic explained the concept to me a month after the plane crash when she herself said, “You’re a walk-in” and I asked what that meant.

Working with clients over time certainly helped me to hone in on skills, accuracy levels and my ability to immediately diagnose a situation with a client. I work quickly when I hear a person’s problem.

As for clients with special needs, I have healed people from schizophrenia to heart pain and hives… I have lists of what I have done for people that traditional doctors or therapists have not been able to do. It is part of my spiritual gift. I just need to get it out to the universe on a grander level to reach more people. Your interview will also help me do that, Betty. Thanks again for this opportunity. Unfortunately, I cannot perform any techniques on myself, just as a psychic cannot read themselves! (laughs)

Betty Dravis: Your website lists many things that you do for your clients–readings, channelings, healings—and it also tells of your Wicks of Wisdom Candles and special healing chocolate. I admit that the idea of channeling and reincarnation is not in my belief system, but at the same time I believe you are the genuine thing…that you do have the gifts.

Thanks for explaining all that to us; people can visit your website to find out more and to read testimonials of how you helped so many others. But now will you please touch on a few downsides of your gifts?

Dr. Linda Salvin: One of the downsides, Betty, is that I am so sensitive that being in a mall can drive me nuts due to the various lights, sounds, voices. I tune in quickly in restaurants, can often read people at a distant table and feel their discomfort, lies and joys. I have learned over the years to turn it down and monitor my wave-lengths, so to speak.

Another upsetting factor is that many people abuse the fact I am psychic; they phone me as my friend when, in reality, they want help and are far from my “friend.” When I shut down or put my boundaries up and state they need to pay, their attitude changes; they feel I owe it to them. I make a living professionally at this work, which is draining, tiring and often disturbing. But, people feel they deserve answers whenever they want, forgetting I am human, have a life, outside interests and try to work a schedule. The abuse that takes place is unbelievable and I really tire of it. My true friends do not cross that line. They pay me if they need me. Otherwise, we are friends and can enjoy life, love and fun outings together…without my reading for them. The biggest downside can be loneliness and being misunderstood.

Betty Dravis: You must have anticipated this question because you touched on it briefly above: I read somewhere that a lot of what a psychic does is a drain on his or her own system. Since you have experienced it, how do you prepare for a client session or for a radio show? And how do you unwind afterwards…with a glass of wine, as many people do when returning home from a hard day’s work? (laughs)

Linda Salvin Hamming it Up at Universal Studio with Friend Tracy Snow

Dr. Linda Salvin: Psychic, healing and channeling work is extremely draining. Many people do not understand the type of energy it takes to truly read. I pull energy from people. I am clairsentient, so I pick up emotions and practically get inside the other person or become them. I often hear people say, “He said that…” or “That’s what I told my boyfriend…” or “How did you know I felt that…” and I simply say, “I’m psychic.” Some people are more difficult to read than others as they are not as spiritual or psychically aware. Others test or play “stump the psychic” to see how I do and then I have to work twice as hard.

Many times I became angry as I pull their anger and give it back to them. My spirit mirrors them and the answers are revealed. In healing I absorb their negative and have to release it properly so I do not get ill. Channeling is a very different process. There are times I have been nauseous all night and when a client called for her appointment I explained I may not be able to read due to feeling so ill. Her response was, “Oh, you have Sally, she died of stomach cancer.”

On another occasion, I did not sleep for two nights prior to a session; turned out the channeling was for a woman’s deceased husband who died of sleep apnea. Another time I had an excruciating headache, only to find the client’s friend passed of a brain tumor.

Channeling is draining, the energy comes in on the right side of my brain; I bring in one voice or spirit only; I am not good with party lines, as I call them, with more than one spirit. I translate what I hear and convey the messages. People are stunned at messages that come in about their childhood, clothing, food, events, cars, places they went, etc. Those are confirmations that their loved ones are around. There is a fine line between the physical and spiritual world. I communicate to give comfort and closure with love.

Despite the drain on my emotions, the letters of gratitude, emails, and testimonials on the radio over the years have made the work more than worthwhile. To know I have somehow touched the lives of others during grieving periods, painful periods, healed where doctors failed and eliminated frustrations…or a prediction about a sale of a home, getting a new job, meeting a new mate came true is gratifying. The excitement in a person’s voice is overwhelming and pleasant.

As to how I prepare… Well, Betty, I prepare with a bit of meditation and protective shielding and sometimes with prayer to protect against negativity. I know I have protection, but when some negative spirit enters me it will throw me off balance even for a few days before I realize I am not myself; that an entity is attached to me or is in me. Many times, standing under a hot shower for awhile is the most healing and cleansing I can do for myself. There are essential oils and salts I bathe with at times to prevent the spirits from harming me, as well. This work can be damaging, which I do not even understand.

I do not drink alcohol. Lots of water, tea, and coffee are my liquids of choice. I try to drink a lot of water more than anything and flush my system of toxicity. I relax by looking at the sky at sundown as the colors of the day change. God paints a different sky each night, you know? The night sky is fascinating to me. I love the constellations, the Milky Way, watching the moon rise and shift in the sky. I observe certain planets and stars. Sometimes I look up and wonder why I’m here and whisper, “I want to go home,” but I know I’m not done yet. I usually go out to dinner with friends in the evening, catch a movie or listen to live music. That is how I relax.

Betty, I could write a book on the channelings I have conducted and that would take up too much space for your interview, LOL. If I had not experienced psychic abilities, metaphysical healings or channeling the spirits with such great effectiveness, I would be skeptical. I have lived it, so I know it is real. I do not know why me or how I was chosen, but I was. It is not what I thought of as a good time when I was growing up. I did not seek this, it came to me as a result of surrendering my path to God’s will and allowing the universe to use me as I was to become…a vessel of information to help others on a spiritual level.

Betty Dravis: I am amazed at how much you love people, Linda. To be willing to open yourself like that is extremely loving and caring. You are a very strong person and I admire you so much. In fact, your life story is mesmerizing. I especially enjoyed hearing a few of your success stories and if our readers want to know more, they are welcome to visit your website.

Now for a lighter question: Since you reside and work in the LA area, do you have any famous clients besides actress Katherin Kovin Pacino (who is also the stepmother of the living legend, actor Al Pacino)?

Linda with Dear Friend, Popular Soap Star Elaine Princi.1999

Dr. Linda Salvin: Some of the famous people I have worked with include movie producer Christine Peters; actresses such as soap stars Elaine Princi and Jasmine Blythe; singers Dionne Warwick, George Brown (Kool & the Gang), Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Vince Neil (Motley Crue) and Chris Poulson (Superficial Saints); actors Courtney Cox, Shadow Stevens, Rick Dees, Caroline Rhea, Cheech Marin (first known for Cheech & Chong, but who became a respected performer in his own right); Reality TV star Chad Rogers; author & infomercial king Kevin Trudeau; and an ESPN reporter when I predicted a world series in 2000…and many, many others. The list is on my website.

Betty Dravis: Wow—that’s an impressive list, Linda. Now I’m curious to know if you’ve ever met a real, live ghost…er, make that a real, dead ghost? (laughs) Or been in a haunted house?

Dr. Linda Salvin: Betty, paranormal is not my thing. I prefer light to dark. It is fascinating to record sounds, voices and observe sightings, but it is not my specialty. But since you asked, yes, I have seen ghosts and I’ll relate a few experiences for you: I had been on TV for a local show in Los Angeles called “9 on the Town” which is not on anymore. I was asked to visit the Queen Mary in Long Beach to identify all the haunted areas on the ship. In the show, you see me on tour with a staff member of the ship and I accurately identify the spirits, ghosts and locations of deaths on the docked Queen Mary.

Another incident: In 1992, a rock star passed away. He attended my high school, although I had never met him. He began channeling through me three days after his death. I have had messages from him for several years and effectively bring him through on the Ouija board. Yes, Betty, there are ways to effectively communicate with spirits safely with the Ouija board…and it can also be very dangerous. Anyway, on two occasions, he made himself present in my homes. The first time I saw him, he was standing in the doorway of my bedroom and hallway of an apartment in 1993. I was not scared; I was comforted, actually. The second apparition occurred when I rented a small home in the canyons. I had a fire going in the fireplace and he was sitting on the ledge of the fireplace. I just stared at him and he stared right back.

I’ve also seen shadows of my deceased animals walk by. I have not seen my mom who passed last March, 2009, but my father saw her in his new condo recently… Spirits and ghosts are real.

I felt spirits in a haunted hotel once and in a cemetery, I literally could hear voices of the deceased speaking to me in a certain row, yelling, screaming and requesting that I take them with me, get them out of there, release them from the grave, etc. I thought I was nuts but then I remembered what I do, who I am, why I was there, and I’d be ok. Two rows over, it was quiet. Go figure… Yes, spirits are alive in the graveyard too.

Betty Dravis: I might be a big sissy, Linda, but that gives me the creeps, but then I love horror movies, so go figure that oxymoron.

Now what do you think of Sylvia Brown, the psychic that TV personality Montel Williams presents on his show so frequently? And John Edward (McGee), famous for his TV show Crossing Over… Do you believe his claims of communicating with the spirits of the audience members’ deceased relatives?

Dr. Linda Salvin: In 1994, prior to the earthquake, I was given Sylvia Brown’s book My Guide, My Self. It is the only one of her books I have ever read. She has “ghost’ writers,” of course, speaking of ghosts. (laughs) Her book was fascinating and I related to it. I will not condone or condemn her work. I known that no psychic is one-hundred percent accurate and I do not believe any psychic should charge $750.00 for thirty minutes. There was a time when I received many of her clients, as well as James von Praagh’s… As for John, I really do not know his work. I know people who have been to his seminars and simply adore him. I am sure he is extremely talented as a medium.

Betty Dravis: On the lighter side–and I do have a lighter side, Linda (laughs)—what is the best advice you ever received from your mother? Your father?

Linda's Parents Honored at Anti-Defamation League Dinner.1996

Dr. Linda Salvin: My mom used to say, “Always finish what you start.” God knows, there are projects left undone, paths yet to be traveled. She would warn me not to get involved with certain guys, so of course I did. And, I paid the price later.

My dad would say, “Don’t worry what others think, worry about yourself,” but I was too insecure to understand for a long time. He would always want me to “give it the ol’ college try” when I was down. When I complained that the good guys are either married or gay, he’d say two things: “They broke the mold when I was born,” and “Linda, there’s an ass for every chair that’s built.” My parents’ advice served me well, but the one thing my dad said that is most helpful in my business is: “Get it in writing.”

That’s my dad! Just so you know, my parents built a company when I was young that was number fifty-eight on the NASDAQ. It went international and they travelled more than any rock band ever did. They were married fifty-eight and a-fourth years when my mother died. It was a soul-mate love affair. They were very happy and great parents. I still have my dad, thankfully.

Betty Dravis: I’m sorry to learn of your mother passing; belated condolences. But I’m glad you still have your father and it’s wonderful to hear of successful marriages. I never tire of soul-mate stories. You were blessed to have such warm, loving parents. Even though they didn’t understand your gifts, at least they raised you properly and gave you a great start in life; truths to fall back on.

But you can breathe a sigh of relief soon, Linda… I’m nearing the end of your grilling, but first I want to put you on the spot. Since you do telephone readings and answer on-air questions from your many followers–even on an international level–have you been able to “read” me through our Facebook and email correspondence. Please share what you have “picked up” about me…but be gentle. (laughs) I don’t want to be a fair-weather friend, always seeking free answers and taking advantage of you, so I promise this will be a one-time thing…for the sake of the story.

Dr. Linda Salvin: OK, here goes, Betty… I feel you are jovial, fun, light-hearted and have a zest for life. You take each day as it comes, but with the strife we all do. You were brave in your day and are even braver and more carefree today. You are in excellent health, love your family, are down to earth and have three to five more publications still unwritten and yet to be published. Another contract is offered this summer/early fall for you. You also have a trip coming up this summer. October appears to be significant with publishing and family, so we will see what that brings. People love you and you love people, but you are selective as to who really gets to know you. You do have your boundaries… The person who crosses you will be sorry. You have a legend to leave the planet down the road. Country and nature are very important to you.

How’s that for starters?

Betty Dravis: That’s a fine start, Linda, and it intrigues me. It’s odd to hear anyone tell me about my future. Since it is all positive, of course I love it, especially the part about my publishing and a new contract offer. There is, actually, something in the works; I’ll let you know how and when it works out. And you are spot on: I do love people and am selective about who really gets to know me. I certainly hope no one crosses me because I truly don’t want to make anyone sorry. (laughs)

But speaking of love, your love of people comes across in your on-air delivery and on your various internet sites. It has been said of you: “Her love of people is a beacon in the darkness.” That description reminds me of a lighthouse, a fitting metaphor for you, IMO. You are warm, cozy and light the path…

I haven’t seen you on TV, but your dear friend and client, actress Katherin Kovin Pacino, tells me that you positively shine on camera—and I believe it! Even your internet personality is endearing. You glow…

Before ending this interview, is there anything else in your immediate future… in addition to the fantastic news about your show being syndicated and going national and that your music may soon be produced?

Linda Salvin looking glam

Dr. Linda Salvin: I’m most excited about the new Dr. Linda Salvin Psychic & Astrology Network, of course. We discussed that above, but going national is a dream come true! As for other projects, in addition to the TV shows I mentioned above, I have a resume of shows on my website, but another exciting thing is that I recently did a pilot for a new psychic show. If it is picked up, I will be featured in thirteen episodes. I also have a few treatments and a script for a sitcom, talk show and movie, but so far have had no luck in selling them; all are based on my experiences as a psychic. And I’m also working on my autobiography.

Also, I would like to mention that I’m published in a book called Chopped Liver for the Family Spirit that consists of stories of overcoming adversity with people like Peter Marshall, Shelley Berman and the late Lloyd Thaxson.

Betty Dravis: That is certainly a full plate, Linda. I wish you the best of luck with all your projects. Now, if you will, please share three things that you couldn’t live without.

Dr. Linda Salvin: Betty, I have to mention four things I couldn’t live without: First are my father and friends. And it’s obvious that I couldn’t live without being able to help people, so my abilities are extremely important to me. I also love to travel and have been through most of the US, Europe, Japan, Thailand, parts of Mexico and Canada. And last but not least, I need my music in my life. I am beginning to return to music again. I’m playing guitar and re-writing songs. I have met new collaborators. Where I had once given up, doors seem to be opening.

Betty Dravis: I’m so happy for you, Linda. You are already a star in the LA area, but with your show going national, I hope you will soon be a household name…recognized by everyone. I wish you much success with your new show. That’s awesome! I think we’ve established that you, Dr. Linda Salvin, are a dynamo…a regular whirlwind of energy who finds great satisfaction in helping others reach their goals and dreams…to live happier, healthier, more productive lives. And that’s why we selected you to be in our Dream Reachers book: because you are a phenomenal Dream Reacher!

Before departing, Linda, please share with us how interested parties can reach you. A list of your internet links, radio call letters, phone numbers, etc. will be very helpful. Of course, you don’t have to repeat the ones mentioned above.

Dr. Linda Salvin: People interested in a private, paid consultation for a reading, healing, channeling session or to purchase Wicks of Wisdom can call my office at 818-788-6077 direct or leave a message at 888-509-1077. The website is www.lindasalvin.com which also has my internet radio station. I play several pre-recorded radio shows 24/7 as well as do a live show on Saturdays at eleven am PDT, which you have called in and spoken with me. I will be returning to KABC and that show will be syndicated. There will be astrology spots on sixty-five stations nationally soon. People will soon hear about the Dr Linda Salvin Psychic & Astrology Network where they can call fabulous readers for spiritual and psychic advice.

Betty Dravis: Thanks so much for sharing your goals and dreams with us today, Linda. I truly enjoyed visiting with you. Keep us posted on your future achievements and I’ll let you know when your predictions for me come true.

Dr. Linda Salvin: I would love to continue keeping you posted with future events, phone numbers and releases as I evolve into the next phase of my life. The activities are multi-faceted because I love so many things. Ultimately, though, I hope to find the love of my life and partner with my twin. I feel I recently met him. Let’s see if I’m right…if things turn out the way I hope…

Before I leave, Betty, I forgot to add something about how my faith and trust in the universe helped me overcome all the adversity and somehow it is leading me back to some of my original goals and passions, as well. Therefore, God has a plan and we never know what it is. Everything happens for a reason! There are no accidents. We just have to become willing to surrender and follow His will, which may not be ours.

OK, that’s it! I promise…no more! (laughs) Thanks to you, your co-author Chase Von and the other Dames of Dialogue for letting me express myself so openly. Keep up the great Press and please keep in touch.

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