Page 7 - Fall 2013 Issue
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   “I continually check in with who I am, what I am, and why I’m doing what I’m doing and I make a conscious choice to live my dreams and accept that each trial (which is sometimes very tough) is ultimately a blessing, sometimes in disguise and sometimes apparent.”
HMM: What was life like growing up for you? What kind of family did you grow up in?
BTV: I’m one of nine children and so I grew up in large family and was pre- dominantly raised by my beloved grandmother, who was strict in all the right ways and offered a wealth of support to my siblings, my mother and I. My Mum and Grandmother at one stage lived within 3 minutes of each so my siblings and I would get a choice of which house we were sleeping in for the night, weekend or week. Both my Grandmother and Mother were quiet women who kept themselves to themselves but please do not be mistaken in thinking that either woman was a pushover quite the contrary in fact, run for cover if they ever had the cause to let off ‘real steam’ cause the velocity could cut ice. My childhood was playful, but at times incredibly lonely even with such a large family however this was to become one of my greatest assets because it propelled me into higher levels of self-development, contemplation and a honing of my creative art-form.
HMM: How old were you when you knew this was your calling and what you were going to do for the rest of
BSV: I knew singing/music was my calling from within my Mama’s womb, literally!! It is that deep and as a child I was very specific about what my career path would be and so as well as fulfilling my academia I grafted at my creative talents relishing in the freedom I gained from such creative pursuits, from writing poetry and songs, to taking part in musicals and drama productions.
HMM: What made you decide to be what you have chosen as a profession today? Who were some of your earliest influences?
BTV: In all honesty music chose me from the melody in my heart to the prose in my song to e rhythm in my soul. It all was divinely connected before I joined this earthly plane and I’m merely bringing to life an aspect of the blueprint of my destiny not confined to people, places or things but rather multi-dimensional, boundless and sacred.
 My Grandmother has been the greatest influence in my life. She taught me discipline, integrity, grace and the ethic to work hard (which I later revised to working smart!) She provided me with love and support even when her ‘cup’ was empty and showed me all the Dme the importance of the liEle things that formed the greatest of my foundaDons.

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