Wednesday, October 13, 2010
"VA Unity"...Is it possible?
Day 13...I know. Yesterday's post was basically a Twitter update. I ain't shit for that one. Let's move on...
I was talking with my nephew, my DJ that I host for, and another DJ from our local radio station, last night. My nephew wants to do something big for his birthday, in March. The premise is that we would have a bunch of DJ's, hosts, and any other local "personalities" in the same place, promoting the idea of unity, in the entertainment field.
I gotta say, I'm not too optimistic that this will be a big success. I told them that, last night. My nephew seems to think that the divisiveness is directly attributed to money. Some of it may be. But, the biggest thing causing all the hate in the 757, is fear. This fear breeds jealousy. Subsequently, jealousy breeds hate.
People afraid of getting their "shine" taken around here. I've ranted about it on many occasions, on Twitter. Bottom line, if you are good at what you do, no one can outshine you by a whole lot, if any. For example, I can host at an event, and share the mic with anyone. I don't worry about my co-host making me look bad, or irrelevant. One simple reason: it can't be done.
Conversely, I've handed the mic to a "co-host", only to have them not want to pass it back, the remainder of the event. I said "Fuck it, son. Do you. You need the shine, more than me." Damn, if I'm gonna sit there & argue over mic time. Still, not too many people know that "host's" name.
There was another time I was asked to host at a place I hadn't worked before. There were 2 DJ's, including mine. The other DJ had his own host. I was cool with that. Again, I can work with damn near anyone that has their shit straight. Me, being the "visiting team", I played my position and chilled. When my DJ started spinning, I expected the other host to throw to me. Shit didn't happen. I asked my DJ why I was asked to be there. He got the situation straight. The promoters were great, too.
So, I did what it is I do. Had the crowd going, and shouted out BOTH DJ's, and the other hosts. After all, it's about the EVENT. Not the hosts, as a lot of "hosts" like to believe. That's like Ryan Seacrest coming out on "American Idol" and singing. A host enhances the event. They don't try to be THE star.
I'm digressing. Anyhow, I take a breath and a swig of beer. One of the other hosts actually comes up from behind me, and snatches the mic out of my hand. I figure she has an important announcement, or something. Nope. She just starts singing along with the song that's being played. A lot of "hosts" do that as well. WTF???
At that point, I was like "Fuck it. I got paid up-front. I don't play those games. Especially with people that aren't anywhere near my level". I simply told my DJ, "I hope you know you paid me to be here & just drink beer, right? If you're good with that, so am I. Easiest money I'll ever make."
Bottom line is, where I'm from (New Jersey), DJ's and hosts were like one big ass fraternity/sorority. It was all love and we'd even do guest appearances for each other. We could do that because we were all secure in our abilities, and what we brought to the table.
Here, in the 757 area of Southeastern Virginia, I've seen people try to "snake" gigs from people, there's not a lot of love, and actually...it's pretty cutthroat. Makes it to where the business side takes over. That detracts from the shows. The DJ and the host appearing to have fun, feeds the crowd.
I don't know how it's going to happen. But, until people get over that insecurity and fear, unity is going to continue to be a rare commodity in the 757.
Me? I'll always be good. I host for fun and some change, here & there. I'm good at it. Dare say I'm one of the best in this area. I have the voice, and something that a lot of hosts need, but don't have...innate charisma. My personality has a huge dick. I don't make this shit up. Every DJ I work with loves me. Customers at the venues constantly tell me they like what I do. The venues themselves love what I do. This is because I know "the rules", and I do it like no one else. I've tried to help other hosts that struggle. Of course, they don't want to hear it.
This is why I'm not confident about VA Unity. You can't unite those who don't want to be united. I'll continue to support the cause. I can only hope that one day it happens...