I never met a microphone that I wouldn’t speak into. I can’t help it. I love being a Host/MC. It’s a craft, an art. Anyone can stand in front of a room and talk in a microphone but a HOST/MC is one that can control the room. It takes skill and more importantly: Charisma.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be an entertainer and in that I wanted to be a music/entertainment executive like Sean “Diddy” Combs, a radio personality and a Host/MC. I hate nothing more than going to an event and not seeing a good MC. You have to be engaging, your delivery needs to be on point. If you’re a comedian, you have to know when to plug in your jokes and when to keep it moving. If you’re not a comedian (like myself), rely on your natural wit and determine when you can slide comments in to get a laugh.
I remember it like it was yesterday. March 25, 2007. As one of the members of the promoter faction Metro Muzik: The Union, we were getting ready to present “Metro Muzik: The Union presents: The Music Scene Exposed Seminar – March 2007”. I had been a part of Metro Muzik: The Union for over a year and had never hosted. I always had the ambition to do it but never asked. Then as we were about to start, my mentor Kuwn-Dalini gave me a microphone and told me get the show started. JUST like that. He never told me why he did it but right on spot, he was giving me an opportunity to do what I wanted to do. I was nervous, REALLY nervous but I sucked it up, came out from behind the curtains and ran with it. I did “okay” that night. The Feedback wasn’t horrible. I knew what I had to work on and I did.
Fast Forward until today, I think it’s safe to say that I’ve become well rounded as a Host/MC. Today, I’ve been the Host of 159 events in North Texas, not just Dallas but NORTH TEXAS. It’s surreal to get paid to do something you love. Every show I host isn’t produced correctly and I thank those promoters that let me adlib and let me guide the event. I’ve been a part of some events that I had to “save”… on spot during the show. I, by no means, want that to come across as arrogant because that isn’t the intention. There are times that I’m booked by rookie promoters that think they know how they want the event to go and then I have to used my experience to help guide it the night of. The greatest Hosts/MCs can attest.
In closing I want to thank the guests that helped mold me in the Host/MC today. Salute to my mentor Kuwn-Dalini, King The MC, Comedian D. Ellis, Comedian Quenton “Q” Coleman, Donald “Cuzin Junebug” Cofer & Charles “City” Gbadebo. I studied their styles, watched how they rocked a crowd yet I still created my own lane. I feel blessed to be/have been in company with those guys.
With that said, I’ll let everyone get back to their Father’s Day. Salute to the Dads. It’s a tough job.