Thursday, December 7, 2017

Bever-leigh Banfield: 'Creating is my jam...maybe characters are transforming me as much as I'm creating them'

Bever-leigh Banfield, M.F.A. is a writer, actress, voice over artist, host and speaker. She has penned numerous celebrity interviews, one of which, published in Essence magazine, won the American Diabetes Association National Media Award for journalism. As an actress, Bever-leigh has performed in television shows, movies, Broadway and off-Broadway theater and national commercials. Her voice has been heard in TV and radio ads, as an ABC network announcer, in animated films and cartoons, and as narrator of planetarium space shows at landmark Griffith Observatory in Hollywood. Ms. Banfield holds an M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Drama and a B.A. from Stanford University. She has lived in Europe and the Caribbean, and traveled in Africa, South America, and across the United States. She has been gifted with psychic perception since childhood, and as an intuitive, has experienced a vision of world peace. Creating is her joy. Her debut non-fiction book You Can Change The World is about helping you be who you are meant to be, and do what you are meant to do – live your dreams, and change the world for the better!

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1.) What inspired you to write You Can Change the World?
                 
I wrote You Can Change The World because of a confluence of things that all seemed to coalesce for me after the holidays at the end of 2015. So much had changed for me and around me in months and recent years, as well as for friends, acquaintances and co-workers on different projects. I noticed a few people thrived on changes and used them as springboards to retool their lives. Most others caught up in circumstances or situations new to them seemed to be languishing, gripped by fear and unhappiness due to their lifestyles being different, even though they had much to be thankful for and
tons to give because they’re great personalities and spirits. I was interested in the difference, because, though my husband of many years had recently passed away, and that was a heartrending blow for sure, I thought about how blessed I’d been with the love of my life for such a long time and how he was my angel now. I worked to not diminish that with victimhood or allow myself to trip and fall or lose my way. I was still alive. It was my time for a makeover, really. It was an opportunity to grow, if only I saw it that way, believed there was someone I could be that I wasn’t at that point. I was meant to do something.

Of course, this was amped up by the presidential election cycle in gear at the time and all of the issues it magnified. So many people everywhere had compassion for others in dire straits but felt they were helpless to bring about change for themselves, far less for other folks. But we know that’s just an illusion. Every person is empowered to make a change. We change things around us all the time with our thoughts, words and deeds, don’t we? And yet we don’t always take responsibility for that.

And then something really miraculous happened. I had a vision. Not my first, but one of the most profound. I saw masses of people before me gathered together as one single entity. It was intense and it touched my heart. I could see them and hear them and smell them and I had the sense of the throng stretched around the globe, to every living soul and creature. People were cheering and cheerful and loving and peaceful and had a vibration so strong and uplifting, it nearly levitated me right off my feet. I experienced  total unity. Well, I have a third eye, a sixth sense, that I have had since childhood, and I knew that this vision would someday come to be. I understood I could contribute to it. Not just change, but change for the better. These thoughts were swirling in my head.

So I took pen to paper – actually, fingers to keyboard – to tell the story and spread the good news to anyone who’d listen that we each could make change from the inside out. And that when we each change, we change the world. That is how You Can Change The World came to be the book you see today.

2.) Do you have a favorite place to write?
Oh yes, in my home office. I wish everyone could have a space with all of the goodies
they want, to create whatever innovations come to their minds. I personally love to create with some kind of view, and I’ve always been able to. From the small background at my parents’ home in New York, to a penthouse view in Manhattan, to the waters of St. Thomas in the Caribbean, to a Florida lake, to the mountainside view of my current home. I love nature, and since it’s a merry-go-round of constant creation, beauty and inspiration, I write in the midst of it. 

3.) How do you come up with the characters?
My current book is non-fiction, so the characters moving its plot are you and me and all its readers. I imagined my reader friends all around me, hearing the words I was writing and being inspired to change the world Now, when I write fiction – I have a mystery-thriller titled 12 Stories High that’s coming next – the characters seem to pop up out of nowhere and come to me full-blown. They just enter a scene and poof! get born. It’s because I’m an actress, I guess. I’ve played so many characters on TV and in films and on stage that have lives of their own, I suppose characters know I’m an easy channel and they come pouring through. From there, I just watch what they say and do, and bam! here comes a story. Something from what wasn’t there before. Creating is my jam. Maybe characters are transforming me as much as I’m creating them.

4.) Do you have any new projects coming up and if so can you tell us about it?
My next book 12 Stories High will be published in early 2018. It’s a collection of twelve short stories I hope will keep you on the edge of your seat. And since You Can Change The World is my debut nonfiction book, I’m mulling groundwork for its sequel. So much is changing internationally, in politics, culture, media, lifestyle, medicine, tech, education, finances, interpersonal relationships and almost everything else we experience, I want to help others work for change and make change work for them.

5.) Do you have any advice to give to new aspiring authors? 
I would say for authors – and anyone, really – rather than worrying about fitting in, be happy to stand out. There are so many other things in my book for writers to grasp onto too. Writers are great communicators, and why would one work to communicate clearly, poetically and effectively if they didn’t have something profound to say. So, know what you want to convey with your work. Stand for something. Be honest. Have fun. Decide what you write will make change somehow, if only a change in your readers’ mind or attitude or feelings. Pinpoint what you want to change to make the world a better place. Dream a humongous ginormous dream that can elevate people around the globe, and form a plan to act on it. Brainstorm the steps you need to take to make your writing viable. Jot down ideas and keep your mind on the business of writing as well. You may only be able to see your first step when you start, but keep writing and let it bring you joy. Have faith in yourself and determine the tasks to perform to complete your books and get them on the market. Set priorities. Do what’s important first. Inspire a team to help you. Persevere no matter what. Be flexible and inventive. Learn everything you need to know, be nimble, progress steadily, and persist until your dream comes true. I believe in you and I am rooting for you. You can change the world!


Title: YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD: BE A CHANGE WIZARD AND GET IT LIKE YOU LIKE IT
Author: Bever-leigh Banfield
Publisher: Twinkle Entertainment
Pages: 366
Genre: Nonfiction
BOOK BLURB:
You have an ultimate magic within you, capable of transforming yourself, your life and everything that exists. You needn’t fear change, leave it to others, or get stuck with whatever happens next. You can pull heaven right out of your hat with the alchemy of your heart and mind. You just have to know how to use your abracadabra presto change-o. You can make things disappear or pop up because you are the change you crave. Your dream is a reality somewhere, ready for you to experience it by making change your BFF. Tap into who you’re meant to be, and the special thing you’re meant to do – with this book about your mission in life, and how you can have it materialize to be happier, healthier, wealthier, wiser, and make the world a better place.

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