A Hillsborough Community College Student Publication since 1978.
Actress Kaki Hunter Instills Virtues and Philosophies
by Kenneth Kelly
High school graduates have a variety of plans when starting college. Some go to school for civil engineering or accounting while others join the police academy to become police officers. However, people can decide too early what profession to enter, and many begin to regret their choice of major.
In these kinds of situations, many people decide to make career changes. Students making changes in the beginning stages of their courses have room for flexibility. However, people too deep into a major won’t always be able to carry over what they’ve learned. Furthermore, all the money and time invested by students will be lost. Therefore, college should be used as a way to explore a multitude of one’s interests.
According to Dr. Randall S. Hansen of Walden University, students in all colleges and universities change their majors at least once and others twice, or three times. However, those who weren’t focused on any one goal and decided their major later were found more likely to graduate. One woman who knows well of this desire to change her career is Kaki Hunter.
Hunter is known to some for her acting roles as Wendy Williams in the “Porky’s” trilogy and for starring alongside Meatloaf as Lola in “Roadie.” Acting from a young age, Hunter earned roles in various shows and films and was quickly on her way to major stardom. However, this knock out actress chose to leave her career on film behind her to partake in a journey finding her own inner calling.
Now living in Moab, Utah, Hunter runs her own construction company, “OKOKOK Productions,” alongside her husband Doni Kiffmeyer. Together, they specialize in a style of building that is eco-friendly and cost efficient, which uses far less energy and money than traditional construction using wood. However, she hasn’t forgotten about her career as an actress.
Recently, Hunter has directed a performance of her very first musical “Vipassana,” which she wrote after taking part in a 10-day silent meditation course. She plans to create more local theater and film productions and hopes to stay active in the community. Combining the physical nature of her work with theater and film is something Hunter loves and will continue.
When attending college, students must keep their options open and prevent themselves from making hasty career choices. Doing so can cause many to miss out on their true calling. Hunter says that a fulfilling career should not be relied upon as a profession alone; there should be a love behind anything someone does. “Let your heart be your guide.” Hunter said, “If your heart isn’t in it, it will destroy you. If you try to force something, it eats away at your spirit and health.”