Exclusive interview with Actress, V/O Artist, and Musician Mary Beth Eversole!
Mary Beth Eversole, is an actress, host, voiceover artist, musician, producer, and philanthropist.
Her current projects include producing and hosting the YouTube show Allergy Actress Cooking,
which addresses, in a light hearted and quirky way, the perils of living, performing, and cooking with
severe food allergies. She is a member of the Hilarity Over Therapy sketch comedy troupe, which performs
at venues around Los Angeles several times a month.
Mary Beth has performed on theater stages as an actress since she was very young and more recently in film
and television. She currently is represented by Commercial Talent Agency in Los Angeles for commercial
and voiceover, and Big Fish Agency in Denver for film, commercial, print and voice over. Recent projects
include a guest star role on Lifetime Movie Network’s “My Crazy Ex”, a two time Best Feature Film winner
“Glimpse” directed by Arnon Shorr, two multiple award winning short films directed by Brad Etter, one that
addresses the realities of bulllying called “Morning Announcements”, and one that addresses the need to
listen to your authentic self called “Me + You”. This film was a Cannes Film Festival selection.
Other recent roles include, Vicky in the short film “Dollars of Love” directed by Cristina Piemonte-Semedo
and Gianinni Moreira, and the Musical Theater Teacher in the HUB network’s
“Parents Just Don’t Understand” hosted by Joey Fatone. Mary Beth has been seen in several short film leads such as Amanda in “Over? Over!”, Mrs. Lee in “The Way”, Jennifer in “The Treehouse”, the Mother in “Homeless”, Natasha in “No Soliciting”, and Amy in “All’s Well” a comedic webisode. She also works in animated films, games, audiobooks and industrial voiceover.
Ms. Eversole currently studies at the Aaron Speiser acting studio under the tutelidge of Aaron Speiser. She studied improv at the Masters Level at Mocksides Studios in Denver and just finished the first level of improv at The Groundlings in LA.Voiceover training began at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts with Brian Shae and continued from there with Susan Berkley of The Great Voice Company. Currently Ms. Eversole coaches with celebrity voiceover artist Lori Alan. Mary Beth gets her commercial training from Killian McHugh of Killian’s Commercial Workshop in LA. Her earprompter training is with Paul Rohrer of Rohrering Success and teleprompter training is with David Dalton at Mocksides Studios.
Mary Beth holds a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in vocal performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from Colorado State University. She has performed with many theater companies throughout Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and in Europe including Fort Collins Children’s Theater, Up in Lights Productions, Starlight Theater, Theater in the Park, Musical Theater Heritage, Front Range Music Theatre, The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Fort Collins, Colorado State Opera Theater, The American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, Loveland Opera Theatre, Bethesda Music Festival, Emerald City Opera, and Colorado State Opera Theater. Ms. Eversole also had the pleasure of being an opera apprentice artist with two companies, Opera Fort Collins in 2009-2010 and Emerald City Opera in Summer 2010.
Along with performing on the stage and screen, Ms. Eversole works on many philanthropic endeavors. Mary Beth is passionate about bringing awareness about healthy eating and food allergy acceptance. She is currently in the process of collaborating with several other food awareness groups around the country to promote healthy eating and food allergy safety through her cooking show Allergy Actress Cooking. Ms. Eversole also regularly donates her performing time and lesson packages to charity and silent auction events in LA that raise awareness and
funds for animal rights and the homeless crisis in America. Mary Beth has donated her time and expertise to several charities that help rescue animals, including the No To Dog Meat campaign, She has also created homeless care packages, with donations of supplies given by her hometown church in Kansas City, that she regularly hands out to those in need while she is driving around Los Angeles.
In 2011, she performed for a fundraiser for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and in 2010 she created and performed in a benefit recital, in both Colorado and Kansas City, to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Another recent benefit recital in 2012 raised funds for a doctoral candidate researching hope and positive psychology and their impact in the public education system.
Ms. Eversole maintains a voice and piano studio out of her home and online in addition to her performing career. In her free time, Ms. Eversole enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking, yoga, HIIT training, pilates and running.
Music Artist Gary Burk III
Guest: Gary Burk III
Hailing from Western Pennsylvania, Gary Burk III’s musical journey began at age 9, while riding along with his dad to their family camp. There was a song playing on the radio…some old-time country tune that touched Gary in a way that would change his life forever. Drawing inspiration from his biggest influences, Alabama, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, Gary fronts his 3 piece band of outlaws, performing at events across the region.
Gary’s extensive collection of guitars includes a Custom Built Signature J&B Customs Tele-Style, as well as a Gibson Les Paul Robot Series In Manhattan Blue. He uses a Line 6 M16 module played through an Egnater Tweaker 40 amplifier.
When he’s not touring or recording, Gary enjoys spending time with his twin boys and two daughters.
Gary Burk’s new single, “Friday Night” is being released on MTS Records this spring.
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Music Artist Refocused Spotlight: Durmond Glanton
What or who inspired you to become a gospel artist?
Durmond: John P. Kee made me fall in love with gospel music because of his showmanship and Troy Sneed motivated me to be an artist by constant encouragement and wisdom.
In the Gospel Industry today, what artist would you like to collaborate with and why?
Durmond: There’s a lot of artists I would love to collab with but if I had to choose one, which I can’t (LOL), my top 2 are John P. Kee and The Walls Group. John P. Kee because he is the “Godfather of Gospel”, who wouldn’t want to collab with him. And The Walls Group because they hold a special place in me becoming “Undefeated”.
What advice would you give to one just getting started in gospel music?
Durmond: Keep God first, remain humble and remember, all it takes is one yes.
Where would you like to see yourself in five years?
Durmond: In 5 years I would like to see myself at my full potential and reaching ultimate goals musically, changing the world one song at a time.
Revelation 12:11 “We are overcome by the words of our testimonies.” I have survived 3 strokes, drug addiction, homelessness, beginning stage lung cancer, the loss of a child and literally was minutes away from committing suicide. I refused to be defeated because I knew no matter what my circumstances were that if God was fighting for me, victory was already mine. I am a great example of overcoming all odds and allowing others to see that ONLY through Jesus Christ, we are “Undefeated”.
The “Undefeated” Story of Durmond Glanton
My story begins on Thursday, July 14, 1977, a miracle named Durmond Lavell Glanton was introduced to the world only weighing 4 pounds 2 ounces. However, since the announcement of my arrival, the enemy had plots and schemes to try to eliminate me. At 6 months old the first attempt on my life was halted when the best friend of my mother, accidentally slammed the trunk of her car on my neck so hard, my mother thought my neck was broken. After checking me into the doctor, it was determined that my neck was only “badly” bruised, but I would be just fine. Mission Failed.
At the age of 4, I fell in love with the drums, but because my parents or grandparents couldn’t afford to buy me a drum set, my grandfather was determined to make sure I did. So what he would often do is tear 2 limbs from trees in his backyard, then turnover pots and pans on his kitchen floor, sit me in the middle of them, and allow me to “Bang Away”. It was then, at the age of 4, when I taught myself rhythm, and how to play the drums. I would practice on a real drum set every Sunday playing at the church (Redeem COGIC) right up the road from my grandparent’s house in Willamson, NY. By the time I was 6, I was the church drummer and very skilled at it. Some spectators from visiting churches would be amazed at this “little boy’s” drumming skills at such a young age. For that reason alone, I remained faithful as a drummer to Redeem COGIC.
The second attempt on my life happened when he was 8 years old. I was standing at the bus stop with my older brothers in the freezing cold in Webster, NY. It was snowing hard and I remember it piling up so ridiculously. That’s when a car lost control coming around the corner and struck me going close to 40 mph on an icy road. I remember being strapped to the gurney being asked NOT to move. I was rushed to the hospital and my mother, Evangelist Clara Harrell, was told by the doctor that I had no broken bones, no bumps or bruises, and the snowbank that I landed in HEAD FIRST was the reason for no serious injuries. Mission Failed.
So you may ask, “Durmond, is this really your story sir?” No not at all. These are early testimonies as reminders to me that the Devil ALWAYS had a PLOT, but God ALWAYS had a PLAN! I could really keep going on with testimonies of my life as a teenager and young adult, and i promise when I have the time I will share it with you all, but I really wanted to share the part of my story that really brought my “Undefeated” campaign about.
I served as a musician at church every since I can remember. Even after the Lord saved me and filled me with The Holy Ghost. I also served as an Elder on the ministerial staff at the church. I was called into evangelism and traveled to various churches around the country to preach at conferences and revivals in various states. I was serving the Lord, serving my Godfather Superintendent Henry Prior at my home church, and serving other ministries on the road as an Evangelist. LIFE WAS GOOD. Then all of a sudden, all hell broke loose in my life. (Can I just be transparent and tell the truth?) I started to experience real life struggles at home, at work, EVEN at church. The warfare was REAL Ladies and Gentlemen. It seemed like I was fighting demons EVERYWHERE I went, and honestly, I wanted OUT. So I made myself disappear. I figured if I stopped preaching, singing, and playing (Drums and Organ), and doing the “church” thing, maybe the struggle would stop. It ended up being one of the BIGGEST mistakes I’ve ever made in my entire life. In an instant I lost my job that I had for 13 years, I left a home that I had spiritually established, and found myself walking the streets of Rochester, NY, homeless. Before I knew it, I was selling cocaine, addicted to cocaine, drinking alcohol excessively every day to not only numb the spiritual pain, but to also “Prove” that I’m not that “church boy” that everybody thought they knew. I knew the Saints that knew me were praying for my deliverance, but I really was going through it y’all. It had got so bad, that I was sleeping in shelters, and on park benches, and I really didn’t like the person I had become. I decided on one Thursday night, “I’m going to church this Sunday, get prayer, leave the church and go back to the streets and find a way to end my life.” That was my plan from that moment heading into the weekend, and attending church “One last time”. And let me tell you, that weekend before the final Sunday, I partied like I was a crazy man on Friday and Saturday. I figured since this is it, I might as well go all out. The “friends” I was hanging with had NO idea where my mind was.
So here it is, the final Sunday. I woke up early, shaved myself clean (thinking that when my body is being viewed in my coffin, my head would be nicely shaved). The Devil really had my mind. I got dressed, got picked up by my boy Ced who was the church drummer at the time, and headed out to Redeem-Bethel COGIC one last time. There really isn’t much I can remember about the service that day, but I do remember my GPops along with the rest of the church praying for me at the altar. I remember crying so hard at the altar because I knew by the following Sunday I would be just a memory. After church I hugged just about everyone I could get my hands on to say my goodbyes. As I was leaving the church to go back to the streets, then the shelter, and then death, my Aunt Michelle Odita, who was also the church choir director stopped me and Ced in the parking lot of the church before we pulled off and handed me a blank CD and said “Durmond if you don’t do ANYTHING ELSE, please listen to this song on here”. I told her ok and put the CD in my pocket not even thinking about it. So i got back to Good ol Clinton Ave, called Mother Irene Nowlin for some encouragement, got a few drinks to numb myself, chugged them all, and headed for the shelter to take a bottle of pills and die in my sleep (I’m in tears writing this). As I got to the shelter, I chilled in the lobby area where there were about 8 others there with the boombox playing. I don’t know why, I can’t even explain til this day why I asked the brothers there if i could listen to a CD real quick before going to bed which they agreed to. So I injected the headphones, popped in the CD, and pushed play. Let me tell you!!! I couldn’t stop crying listening to this song. I felt like God Himself was talking DIRECTLY to me. Yes, the song that was on that CD SAVED MY LIFE!!! (For the respect of the artist I won’t tell y’all what song it was) I made up in my mind that I didn’t care how long it took me, I was going to GET UP, and get my life BACK together again. So you know the Devil was mad, right? The very next day, I had a stroke and was hospitalized for 6 days not being able to use my left side. When you are flat on your back like that, there’s not really much to do but pray, and write. And that’s EXACTLY what i did. I promised God that if He gave me another chance, I would do His will and share my story to help others “get through it”. I started writing a poem that i named “Undefeated “. I am a Lefthander, but remember, my left side was out of commission. So what did I do? I wrote it with my right hand (let that sink in). That tells me that even at my weakest moment, I can still do ALL things through Christ that strengthens me (Philippians 4:13), that makes me UNDEFEATED. Mission Failed.
I’m now a skillful Minister of Music at the WOW (Winning Over the World) Church in the Atlanta area. I’m an accomplished songwriter, vocal coach, music teacher, music producer and recording artist. My main goal in Kingdom work and in life, is changing the world “One song at a time”. I plan to give back to less fortunate churches in their music department to help build strong bible based musicians for Ministry. I’m a great example of overcoming all odds, and allowing others to see that ONLY through Jesus Christ, we are “UNDEFEATED”!
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