Meet Ken Cooper. He and his wife live in Citrus Park. He is the Founder of Multi-Vision Productions. It was established in 2001 to offer professional video production services and dynamic 3D motion graphics for corporate, commercial, and entertainment throughout the U.S.
He is an experienced Network Television Producer and Director, and former anchor of the Q105 Cooper & Ritter Morning Show.
Talking to him, you will realize that he is someone who has a big heart in helping other people not only here but also other countries.
Thank you, Ken, for your kindness and love for North Tampa!
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: When I was about 13, I was really interested in radio and I wanted to be a disc jockey. I was a disc jockey for about 25-28 years. I did morning shows, and while I was there in Los Angeles, I was on 2 Dick Clark TV shows. And when I was on TV shows, I got interested in video production and I got really closed to the producer of one of the shows. He was a former disc jockey and after he quit, he became a video producer. Since we became really good friends, I’ve got interested in video production as well. My Father in law asked me one time what does a 50-year-old disc jockey do? I answered, for me, I just opened up a video production company.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in North Tampa, and what do you love there?
Q: How long have you lived or worked in North Tampa?
A: Since 1996.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in North Tampa?
A: Ms. Marcia Hall, she is the owner and the creator of Mr. Bubblez. She works full time at the Metropolitan Ministries and Mr. Bubblez goes around and she does mobile showers for the homeless.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: My wife and I would go to Italy. My wife wants to see the topography or stuff like that but I would like to see Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. I’m a car aficionado, we have 3 TV shows about muscle cars on Speed Channel.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A: The movie that I really remember when I was a kid and left an impact to me was Doctor Zhivago. I think I was like 12 or 14 when it first came out and it was such an epic and fascinating movie. As for my favorite movie, I love Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga movie, A Star is Born, it was a great movie and I’ve watched 4-5 times.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Stop thinking about yourself and look around because around you everyday are people living lives of quiet desperation.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: Linda and I would like to travel the world but we would really like to build water wells and stuff for people in other countries that are having trouble eating, having food and having clean water.
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: One of my favorite band is Pink Floyd.
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about North Tampa?
A: North Tampa has changed tremendously. Gunn highway used to be two little lanes, it was like an old farm, big fields country. It is so beautiful now.
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative with whom would you love to have lunch? Why and where would you have lunch?
A: There’s a couple of Pastors that I would like to have lunch with. Either between T.D Jakes, he’s a Pastor in Dallas and Keith Moore, he has a big church in Sarasota. They’re brilliant, wise men and truly good men.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about North Tampa?
A: I love the old Carrollwood. It is so beautiful and the lake in the middle of it is spectacular.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I love what I do. Keep working in my video production company. But, Linda and I want to travel a lot and do things out of the country. We want to help people not only in America but also in other countries. We want to do things that makes other people lives better. There is so much suffering. We want to make a difference with children and families. I want to take charities that really need high end videos and photos then not charge them! But be able to be self-funded and bless great organizations that are making a difference for FREE.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I love horses. When I was 12, I would walk a couple of miles to ride this one big red horse that everybody said was crazy. Nobody else would ride him and I would have to run around a huge field and it took 45 minutes just to catch him. I would have to corner him, get him back to the barn, then he would bite me in the back when I tried to put on the saddle him. When I would ride he would try to scrape me off on the fence or take me through low hanging trees. But I Loved that horse, we ended up having great fun.
I still really love horses and dogs.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Love, Tenderness and Together.
Q: If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: A Chef that could fed me the right stuff so I won’t be short cutting and eating a bunch of garbage.
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: I really like Bradley Cooper. I think, he’s great and he did a really good movie titled, Limitless.