Life in a Word



Kevin naturally found himself observing life and having a word come to mind, but if he expressed his thoughts, other people gave him an odd look. Yes, he understood seeing a lovely picture and calling it “beautiful” or seeing two people laughing and labeling it “joy.” But something was still missing for him. Kevin was seeking a larger appreciation of words and the spirit of their meaning in the context of life.


One day, he was laughing at his sister while she tried to swat a fly in the house. BAM! He found his answer in a common housefly, the only quick flying creature that sees human activity from both inside and outside...virtually everywhere. Suddenly, Kevin began to live his life and view it as if he were the ‘fly on the wall.’ Today, Kevin passes his perspective on to others in what he likes to call Kevin’s Dictionary.


“A picture is worth a 1,000 words, but sometimes a word ... can be seen as a whole new picture!” — Kevin E. West

Life in a Word

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  • About the Author

     Kevin E. West was born in Phoenix, Arizona, grew up in rural Nashville, Tennessee, and eventually migrated to Hollywood, California. He briefly played collegiate golf, has run four Los Angeles marathons, and also played in six Men’s Senior Baseball World Series tournaments. As a veteran television actor, his Guest Star credits include Aquarius, Criminal Minds, Bones, Castle, Touch, CSI: Miami, Justified, Leverage, Lost, 24, Desperate Housewives, NCIS, Alias, CSI, and dozens more, as well as being a stand-up comic and Improv performer. Kevin is recognized as the top expert speaker and opinion leader on the ‘business of show business, having founded the award-winning organization, The Actors’ Network in 1991, as well as being the author of 7 Deadly Sins – The Actor Overcomes. Kevin is the co-author of the two-hour audio CD, The Actor’s Guide to GETTING THE JOB, and the creator of the showbiz interview series, Kevin has spoken all across the United States, including the Writers Guild of America, the SAG LifeRaft Foundation and internationally at the Swedish Film Institute. As a philanthropist, Kevin also executive produced, Together We Can, Together We Will, in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and the teen runaway benefit, Runnin’ on Empty, which starred Jason Alexander. For 10 years, Kevin produced the Hack n’ Smack Kerry Daveline Memorial Celebrity Golf Classic for melanoma cancer research, which Southland Golf Magazine voted into its top 10 celebrity golf events at the time.

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