Posted in Djing, Life decisions, Performing, poetry, Thoughts

1st hump day

Happy New Year and welcome to the first hump day of 2019. Wow! same planet, different time. So, I am starting a journey as a independent freelancer and business owner. I have a least 2 events each week in January.
I have several talents: Poetry, DJ/music, and Podcasts. Each share a different category in my business and I am, definitely, going to be tested with a several gigs this month. Making money doing gigs is going to be an interesting feat everyday.

Here’s what is going in January:

First, I am the new monthly monday host for Monday Poetry reading at Sacramento Poetry Center. The show is great. Plus, it has an open mic part that I enjoy. (I am taken over for Wendy Williams. She definitely believe in me and I appreciate it. Thank you, Wendy.) My first show will be the 7th at 7:30pm. My feature is Khalypso, a profound poet who was just appointed Sacramento youth poet Laureate.

Next, I am still the resident DJ of Comedy Burger at Momo’s and Sac Poetry Slam at Luna’s Cafe. I am grateful for both shows But I do have to sell my show tickets to live. Plus, I have new events: I am the DJ for Erica Ambrin at Holy Divers on the 13th and a feature poet for Brandon’s new poetry show: Spittin at Channel Brewing in Stockton on the 25th.

Advertising needs to be active. I have several places where I perform. I entertain a lot more than serve. So, I need to advertise heavy because I need to monetize each gig. Marketing has become my new obstacle. I have never needed to do it because most of my jobs never expected me too. But now, I need it to make money for my business. I am not afraid to talk to people but I never wanted to become a salesman: Never see people as new targets. My life mission is bigger than that.

Finally, I need to expand into the podcast community. I have produced a few shows and work on Fat chicks on top podcast currently. I will record my Monday Poetry readings for future use. I have a few ideas that seem lucrative. But, it all comes down to active engagement with the community.

Well, my month is going to be busy. If you want to check me out and you live near or in the Sacramento area, then go to my website and check my events listed with my social media platforms.

If you want to hire me for DJing your event, recording your song, creating your podcast, hosting your show, or performing poetry; then go to A Serious Production or call 707-867-1411.

Posted in Life decisions, Poems, poetry, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Change in Scenery (day 12)

I moved from Stockton to Sacramento. I have been living in a 4 bedroom house in south Sacramento for 2 1/2 years. I rented a child size room with 2 windows. The house had several problems. It was definitely a project home. It was not welcoming. People could see that I was unhappy with my living situation but, I maintain and kept myself busy doing open mics and going to work. Then one day, my friend knew a gentleman who had a room to rent. I checked it out and liked one Few days later, he gave me an offer and I accept it. I was excited but skeptical.

All the drama in downtown Sacramento continued and I did not want to be caught in that. Yet, I spend a lot of time downtown and know most of the area. So the opportunity was right. I have giving my rent check with deposit. Couple days later, I was downtown waiting for the start time of a poetry show. So, I went to the new apartment and sat relaxed. So relaxed, I almost missed the show. My soul needed this move and I am glad it happened.

Tree in dry ground wilts
Rain clouds come and rain soaks the soil
Moist soil happy tree.

Posted in poetry

Podcast: Meet the Host ft. Grace Loescher

In May issue (Volume 1, Issue 2), Iambic’s CharRon has a discussion with Grace Loescher, One of Host of Sacramento Speak Out, an Open Mic Show at Shine Cafe in Sacramento.

Grace is a DC native who moved to California after her university graduation in Florida.  She became a program director of Waking the Village, a non-profit organization devoted to ending youth homelessness.

She became host, accidently, after Midtown Outloud host shutdown the open mic show at Shine CafĂ© in November 2016. She and 2 other host (Matt Walsh and HK Poet) banded together and open a new open mic show called Sacramento Speak Out.  The open mic show has a strong LGBTQA following that still continues to thrive in Sacramento.

An spoken word artist herself, she collaborated with Singer-songwriter Jordan Moore on their new EP, Some call it holy. The EP is available on ITunes.  They also just completed a mini tour in Downtown Sacramento.

We discuss being a new host and being a poet, something that she did not go to college for(Grace has degrees in Studio Art and Theater Art). Plus, Being a solo host and working with others. For more information about Grace and her endeavors, check out her website: http://www.gracemakesstuff.com