Radio Talk Show Host, Mediator, Voice Mapping Practitioner, Story Worker, Owner of Ordinary Miracles
Through a chance meeting, Kramer was hired in 1969 to work on the production crew for Bill Graham's first concert in Los Angeles. It didn't take long for him to observe the schism between the business moguls and the musicians they used to acquire their wealth. At the age of 20, he decided to devote his career to helping musicians succeed as much as possible. From 1970 to 1998, Kramer rose through the jungle of the Los Angeles music scene to become a personal manager, nightclub owner and concert producer. After Graham was run out of town by then Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty, Kramer began working as a lighting and sound technician at Doug Weston's Troubadour in West Hollywood. In 1973, he became the producer the Monday Night Hoot for the Troubadour where such musicians as Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones, Kris Kristofferson and many more legendary artists made their introduction to the Hollywood music scene. Matt Kramer's career changed course in seemingly unrelated ways as he transitioned from profession to profession in his life. However, in hindsight, each transition made sense in the way that it served to help Kramer learn and grow to become the healer he is today. In 1981, he opened his own club, At My Place in Santa Monica, which became the premier showcase club for independent music on the west side of Los Angeles. Among the thousands of wonderful performers who graced his stage over the next eleven years, he remembers a young backup singer named Sheryl Crow calling often to play showcases while she worked to get her own record deal. Other powerful performers included Dianne Reeves, Kenny Rankin, Richard Elliot, The Manhattan Transfer and the effervescent Billy Vera & The Beaters whose #1 hit record, "At This Moment", was significantly helped by Billy's monthly appearances at the club.In 1993, in an effort to salvage a personal relationship, Kramer discovered the field of mediation. While the relationship did not survive, the impact of the mediation process was so significant that he immediately signed up to become trained as a mediator. As a club owner and concert producer, the innate solution oriented work ethic he used with his staff deepened and matured through the training and discipline he received in his study of mediation. At My Place had closed at the end of 1992 in large part due to differences of opinion between Kramer and his former business partner. If Kramer had learned mediation skills a year earlier, maybe the club could have survived. Maybe his second marriage, which ended in 1992, could have benefitted from mediation as well. Either way, we'll never know.As a mediator, Kramer worked for the Los Angeles City Attorney's conflict resolution program and also served on the panel of mediators for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. After he mediated about fifty divorce settlements, he noted patterns in common that contributed to the failures of all those marriages. Using the lessons learned, in 2001 his first book, "Conversations Before a Marriage", was published - a self help text that has helped hundreds of couples either to build stronger, healthier relationships that have a better chance of surviving the challenges of married life, or, after having had the suggested conversations, to realize that they may want to reconsider their commitment.2001 was a significant year in many ways. Kramer married his third wife, Treya Palmer, a naturopath who introduced him to the world of alternative medicine. He began to help her run her practice; in the process, he met Vaughn Cook, the founder and CEO of Zyto Corporation, a biotechnology company that invented and manufactured the equipment that Treya uses to help educate and inform her clients so they can understand the nature of their health challenges.Through Vaughn, Kramer met Calvin Young, the inventor of Voice Mapping. Voice Mapping uses the frequencies in a client's voice in a biofeedback application that helps them to process and release buried memory that contributes to emotional distress in their lives. It turned out that Kramer's background as a mediator was a perfect foundation for his current work as a voice map practitioner. He began his training in 2004 and as soon as the equipment completed beta testing in March of 2005, Kramer received one of the first generation of voice mapping systems and began helping clients release and heal from stress that had been compromising their physical and emotional health all of their lives. Looking back, Kramer can see how his three careers are connected. Music is one of mankind's oldest vehicles for telling and sharing stories. Kramer created club and concert environments in which musicians were treated well and supported to perform at their best. In mediation, he learned to create environments in which parties in conflict felt safe to reveal their stories and, in turn, were encouraged to hear and empathize with the stories and needs of those with whom they were in conflict. At this stage of his life, he began to understand how important it is that people are able to tell their story and hear it be unconditionally accepted by the listeners. In order to be a master of conflict management, one has to also be a story worker - a facilitator who helps people surface and share their critical stories.In a similar way, a voice map practitioner has to be a story worker - directing his or her clients to get in touch with stories that they may have forgotten, or that they use unconsciously to keep themselves trapped in emotional distress. When people surface and release the suppression of these stories, they release the power that the buried emotions have been exerting. Freed from the consequences of the unresolved stress and trauma, people can be more relaxed, more present and exercise their capacity to enjoy life more fully. This works towards Matt Kramer's ultimate goal: to live in a world where everyone has the opportunity and ability to live a live they enjoy.