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Agents of Showbiz – Arthur

by Jazzy Lazzie

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”47240″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”“I also believe to “be a merchant of wow,” to make your craft a superstar, to go the extra mile”” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Bitter%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]How long have you been an emcee for?

9 years as to date. I run an online business during the day.

What was your first emcee gig like? 

My first ever paid gig was an outdoor family carnival, which required me to speak from 9am until 9pm. It was a rain or shine event and yes; I was drenched at the end. Though I was only paid RM20 per hour I’ve enjoyed every moment and that was how I knew emceeing was something to pursue.

What do you enjoy about emceeing?

The joy of being able to entertain and making people laugh, watching them enjoy themselves and most essentially, the ability to set the right mood to ensure an unforgettable event.

Describe a normal day in your life as an emcee.

It can be pretty hectic at times and a mad rush when the itinerary changes hours prior to the event. Sometimes, it can be very stressful when changes are made minutes before the event. There’s a saying, “an event will not be a successful one without a series of chaos behind the scenes.” Nonetheless, they teach me to to stay calm regardless how heavy the storm.

What is a common misconception about emcees?

To be a great emcee, preparation is substantial, from picking the right attire to heavy research, to carefully curating the ideal presentation and speech style. To me, emceeing is an art, choosing the right tone of mood with a proper selection choice of words

What are the challenges you face as an emcee?

To name a few, pronouncing unfamiliar, complex names, when the power goes off in between the national anthem and I need to take the lead singing, and ending up laughing at my own spontaneous jokes.

Besides good looks and personality, what else do you need to in order to be a prominent emcee?

Personality is really the key. Always be humble and respectful to people, from the event floor manager to the sound and lighting team. Just because you are up on the stage with the mic, doesn’t take you any superior than others whom are sitting in front of you and the back end guys who make the event to go as smoothly as possible. I also believe to “be a merchant of wow,” to make your craft a superstar, to go the extra mile for my clients.

What are your grooming and fitness rituals to look in tip top shape?

I personally believe it is important to dress right according to the theme, not to overdress or underdress. Fitness wise, when there’s an event coming up, just work out harder and eat lesser carbs!

What’s your ultimate goal as an emcee?

When I first started, it was to emcee in front of 10,000 people. Now that I’ve achieve emceeing to a crowd of 10,000, I would like to host an international live show, sort of like the Miss Universe type. That will give me butterflies in the stomache.

How much longer do you see yourself doing emcee gigs in future?

As long I still have a mouth to talk and make a living with.

What’s your advice to aspiring emcees and presenters?

Stay humble, never do it because of the fame and glamour. Strive to make the past event be jealous of the present one![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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