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Photo Credit: Terrence Smith @ki4eji

As many of you know, I have traveled to many venues and covered many events. As a Celebrity Blogger, I have been blessed to interview some of your favorite stars as well as worked with some very prestigious platforms and magazines. I have been behind the film production of exclusive interviews as far as the west coast and more.

 

So of course I was excited to finally be able to visit and cover media at an event in my home town for R&B Artist Sammie.

Those who keep up with me, are aware that I am always traveling or connected with clients between Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Birmingham, Tennessee, New Orleans, Florida,  and more to support events and so much more. What can I say, I’m a busy young woman.

When word spread that the #SavageTour which consists of Tank & Sammie was making it’s way through my home town, I was happy to reach out to the manager of Sammie to ask to cover his performance exclusively.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Sammie earlier this year on my Starrdom100 radio show and I felt it was only right to show my love by covering his performance in my birth city.

Check out the interview I had with Sammie earlier this year by hitting the link below.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/starrdom100/2017/04/01/interview-with-rb-artist-sammie-aka-sammieleighbush

This was a productive year and earlier this year I was blessed to receive a “Women’s Empowerment Award”  in Atlanta, GA from one of the top seven Celebrity PR’s in the city. So having gained so much love and respect from other cities, why not bring some attention and love to a city that I was raised in?

Of all the venues I have been to and been welcomed into, sadly my very first experience at Mobile’s popular spot known as The Soul Kitchen was not what I would call friendly.

Let’s start with getting into the venue.

So of course in previous attempts to cover the T.I event at the Soul Kitchen, I learned ahead that the talent’s management team has to put you on their guest list to cover media for the talent.

So Sammie’s management team had placed me on the guest list and as he stated, listed me as “Press” for Sammie.

After they gave me what appeared to be a regular entry wristband, I was told to go enjoy the event. So I informed them who I was and what I was there to do. I was told by one guy that he could not give me access and that it was up to another guy.

Remember, the management team had added me to the guest list and listed me as “Press.”

So the guy who supposedly makes decisions, walks over and says, “Well we don’t have proof that you are here to cover media for him and we can’t just take your word for it”.

So again I state, “I am on the guest list by his management team to cover press for him so I need full access and I’m suppose to be in the back with the artist”.

He gives me this half shoulder shrug and says, “Look I can’t give you access, you will just have to call his manager if you can…to get back there”. Then he walks off.

So by this point I’m in shock because it was the manager who put me on the guest list so obviously I am someone of importance and that is the evidence that I’m not just some random groupie coming in trying to get back to an artist.

So by this point I’m messaging the manager for Sammie and telling him what is going on. He is shocked that this is happening and states that he will personally come to the front to escort me and my photographer to the back. He couldn’t understand why they were giving me problems because he stated, “I told them you were Press”.

So yes, Sammie’s manager had to leave his artist in the back and walk all the way through the crowds to come escort me and my photographer to the back.

Let me also add that I was not alone in the confusion, because another young woman was there serving as press for Tank and she also had to stand to the side with me to wait for his management team to come escort her as well.

So basically in their eyes, I guess we both just put our names on the guest list and decided to pretend to be important that night.

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So finally after looking at the guy who was part of the hold up while walking on to the back as I should have been from the start, we make our way back to where the artist Sammie and some people from his team are seated. By the way the manager went and got me and my photographer our rightful wristbands for All Access.

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Now the name of my blog is Starrdom100 and I wouldn’t be keeping it 100 with any of you if I did not tell the truth.

When I walked in the room that the artist was in, it was extremely hot! I mean it felt as if someone had left the oven door open at 400 degrees in the room. So the artist states, “I would offer you a seat but it’s extremely hot in here”.

So I’m confused as to why an artist performing at your venue is seated in a hot box. Like how is he suppose to prepare to comfortably perform to a building full of people, when his room is extremely heated? The front of the venue was cool and there was a breeze in the hallway so I suggested to him that he should come out of there and catch a breeze in the hallway. There was not even a fan back there or any air conditioning in that room. So I was not able to comfortably join him and ask some questions prior to his performance because of the humidity in the room.

To me that’s just no professional way to accommodate an artist who is here to perform at your venue. I’m sure someone must have known no air conditioning was in that room prior and could have done something about the heat. How bad is that for business to have an artist complaining about how hot it is where you have him seated?

I ended up getting a couple of questions in the hallway after his stage performance and those questions I cut short because he was sweating and the room was not making it easy for him.

So I would advise that if you are planning to bring your artist to perform at the Soul Kitchen here in Mobile, Alabama, then you might want to make sure the air is working in the back room near their kitchen so they don’t get overheated before going on stage. I don’t know if this was the norm or not but it was not cool for my first experience there.

I also would recommend that you prepare to escort any personal media there for your artist because just putting their name on the guest list and listing them as “press” doesn’t seem to be enough evidence for the security there.

I’ve been to a lot of venues and who would have thought that the first time I decide to cover something major for an artist in my birth city that I would have an unfriendly experience.

Hmmm….not a good feeling for an individual in the line of work that I do.

Will I be back? Only if they improve the way they handle Media/Press for an artist, especially if the manager of the artist has clearly placed them on the “Guest List” for the artist and listed them as “Press”.

Also let’s add that you should be very careful about how you treat an individual especially when you do not know the professional status of the person that you are speaking to. Through it all, I’m glad my disappointment was followed by an amazing performance from Sammie and Tank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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