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Actress Kaki Hunter Instills Virtues and Philosophies

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.”

6 comments on “Actress Kaki Hunter Instills Virtues and Philosophies

  1. Kirsten
    September 4, 2012

    I feel like my experience could be a perfect testimony for the focus of this article. I’ve changed my major sveral times; starting as biomedical sciences, then to business administration, then to political science, and to mass communications. So far mass communications is my favorite and I can really see myself making it my career. However I did think I was going to be a doctor for the longest time. I really think that all students there first semester should go in to college undecided on a major and take different classes on all sorts of subjects. Afterall, college is supposed to be about broadening your horizons and you may find that you like creative writing a lot more than your dream job of being an accountant.

  2. Dee
    February 25, 2013

    I agree with keeping your options open when starting college, especially straight out of high school. I am a returning student and have been in the corporate environment for over a decade now. In my case, I’m a bit more knowledgeable about what it is I want to be when I grow up. However, I feel differently about my daughter who will be starting college in two years. I will definitely be telling her to keep her options open.

  3. tommyeliason
    February 26, 2013

    This article is brilliant, it appeals to a broad audience, college students should definitely read this to get some advice on their career/major choices. College should be a place where people go to learn more, and what the ultimately want to end up doing in life. It’s a relief for students to know that it isn’t uncommon to be indecisive on one’s major choosing and the anecdote about Kaki Hunter proves that even successful people have changed directions in life.

  4. alyssambillups
    February 28, 2013

    I love this piece because its encouraging to all the students who just don’t know what they want to do! I too, chose the wrong major when I first entered college and I definitely paid the price for it. I feel like 18 is such a young age to pin point what you want to do for the rest of your life. Students who aren’t completely sure should be directed towards the undeclared major until they decide.

  5. David Green
    March 29, 2013

    I changed my major a few times. Some of the majors sounded good, but once I figured what the actual job entailed, I was no longer interested. Some of them were going to required to much work. And some were just out of my aptitude. I still think about changing my major and I am 2 years from my B.A. I guess you could say I have kept an open mind. I do believe your heart needs to be in whatever you do, but not everything your heart is in, is the right thing to do. Time and experience will help you navigate through this process.

  6. Leslie Deloriant Garrido
    May 13, 2013

    I like your article, especially since I am in the situation of changing my major for the first time from Mass Communications to Public Health. I was reluctant at first since my plan has always been to major in Mass Comm, however, your article gave me solace that I am not the only one to change my mind.

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