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Congratulations Heather & Bryan, another great one!! 26 May 2012

I knew Heather and Bryan were a good fit for me the moment I met them.
They were a very easy couple to get along with, and I couldn’t wait to be part of their day!

The reception was held at The Georgetown Centre in the South Hills (Pittsburgh), and I always have a pleasant experience working with their staff.
I had a really fantastic guest response, and everyone came ready to party. Heather’s dad hammed it up, and was pretty hilarious. I think he was definitely the highlight of my evening!
One of the most important things a couple can tell me, is how comfortable I made them feel, and their having the most confidence in my performing beyond their expectations. That is something I do for all my wedding couples, but still really nice to hear 🙂 I had the opportunity to work with photographer Matt Gaydos, and it is always nice to work with someone with a great personality 🙂

My really awesome feel good moment, was running into Heather and Bryan over the July 4th holiday, and they still couldn’t thank me enough! Well if I may politely correct you, I can’t thank YOU enough for making me part of your day.

All the best you Heather and Bryan!

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Ashley and JD… Unique couple, unique venue – 19 Nov 2011

This is one I should have written a really long time ago!

Ashley and I had been acquainted for some time before she asked me to be the entertainment at her wedding, so accepting this event was a no brainer for me 🙂

Ashley (or AY as her close friends call her), has a really energetic and bubbly personality, and JD was definitely more laid back when I met him. As a couple, they were very creative and lots of fun! When presented with the venue, I was a bit skeptical about how it would work in a theater setting, but I was in no way disappointed when I got the opportunity to perform at The New Hazlett Theater. Manager, Alex Bard, was very accommodating, and a pleasure to work with.

This reception was quite a challenge for me and my interactive style, since I work alone, and where I was placed was in an elevated position, but I was able to make adjustments!
Since the venue was a theater, of course the theme was theatrical. The creativity that went into the decor was really great, romantic movie poster replicas (featuring AY and JD of course), a realistic movie set for the ceremony, and the Smurfy cake!

Some of the highlights that were pretty memorable to me, the Grand Entrance, when everyone was introduced, they stayed in the balconies for a really cool interpretative dance routine before dinner, a hilarious cake cutting routine, and Ashley breaking out into a mock flash mob with her friends partway through the evening. I had the pleasure of working with photographer, Tressa McCune, and event planner, Veronica Stewart, of Exquisite Events
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I really enjoyed working at such a unique venue, and would be more than happy to endorse The New Hazlett Theater to anyone looking for a really different place to party!

Thank you so much Ashley and JD, for such a unique experience!


Wrap up of 2011

This is a couple of weeks late, but I am still a work in progress when it comes to blogging!

I first want to graciously thank everyone that made 2011 a fantastic year for me! I’ve had the opportunity to be part of some of the most heart touching events I’ve ever seen (to date!)

There have been some new experiences and unique ideas for future events, which I look forward to implementing, thanks to my client’s forward thinking :-). I’ve had the opportunity to finally work with Joanne Bartone and Karen Wainwright of Joanne Bartone Photography, and also Leeann Marie Golish of Leeann Marie Photography. Both whom I really admire. This year has also given me the pleasure of working with David and Sara Frye of Magic Your Way Weddings, whom I hope to work with again! They did a fantastic write up of me in their blog, I really appreciate that. I cannot forget the other entertainers that have sent me referrals, namely Kelli Burns, and Jonathan Mihellis, they have sent me countless client referrals, with no reservations about my commitment and ability to perform well. And not asking for anything but reciprocation in return, that is gold to me.

Of the many venues I’ve worked this year, 3 stand out as my favorites. Simply because they didn’t treat me as just another guy passing through. Suzi Hawkins of the Mayernik Center, Tony Lee of the Renaissance Pittsburgh, and Tawnya Rockwell of the Youghiogheny Country Club. It always makes my day to know when I am working with someone that takes just a little time to be attentive and respectful, thank you all!! Not at all least, one of my favorite people on the planet, Erin Calvimontes of Divine Celebrations , planner extraordinaire, always a pleasure to work with you!

And finally to my Nameless family, whom there are too many to mention:
You have brought me into your lives, if but for a moment, to be part of some of your most memorable events. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for allowing me to do what I love, I cannot describe how awesome that makes me feel…. BRING ON 2012!!

~A~


A bad experience too hard to title

After 20 years of entertaining, I have never really run into a fellow service provider that I hate to work with. I mean, there are always some with questionable work ethics, and maybe kind of sloppy, but no one I absolutely flat out refuse to work with (well, there is a certain caterer too). Until now…..

Professional courtesy prevents me from publicly naming this particular individual, but soon enough, when any of my future prospective clients have already booked him, I will turn down the job.

This man is a great photographer, but unfortunately, is as crude as any imaginable caveman would be. He is insulting, he drinks at all his events, he call people by the wrong name (and I mean brides and grooms!) he hits on bridesmaids, and he is a perverted jerk. That all seems forgivable, because clients love his finished product, and really has nothing to do with me.
Where it gets ugly, he has referred me a few times in the past, and I have booked less than 50% of the names he has given me, but most were solid clients, and actually have ended up liking me, more than him. We had a standing agreement, that I would offer a discount for my services, as a good faith gesture for the referral. The last couple times we’ve worked together, he had mentioned the fact that I have not given him anything, and I kindly replied, “I don’t work that way, you don’t have to refer me anymore”. This most recent time, he went on to actually name other entertainers, that have given kickback, ranging between $50-$100. I once again replied “you did not have to refer me”.
It baffles me, I give your clients a discount, and then you ask me for money, I lose twice, not exactly a fair deal. What am I supposed to do, quote a higher price, pretend to give a discount, and then kick back to you?!?!?

The last nail came on 30 September 2011. He walks into the room, and the first thing he says is “are you gonna thank me for getting you this job?” First of all, you gave me a referral, I got myself the job. Second, I called and thanked you, when I booked, how soon we forget! He next went on about how other guys have given him money, where’s mine? He next mentioned how much weight I’ve gained, which I have not, besides, I have a scale, a mirror, and a doctor to tell me I’m fat, but thanks for pointing that out 😉 Now he has done that on more than one occasion, and I’ve put my pride on a shelf, because it may or not have been good business. Where his COMPLETE lack of professional courtesy comes in, he interrupts me in the middle of my welcome speech to the wedding guests, to plug his company!! I believe photographers are really important, but to blatantly sidetrack the emcee, while he’s addressing the crowd, diminishes, and undermines the sense that I have direction of the event. He has done it before, but has at least waited until I’ve finished my welcome speech. I was able to recover, and directed ALL the attention to him, and seemingly joked with the guests, that he needed recognition. But I’m sure the damage was done, and the guests questioned my control of the event.

So, for the first time in my career, I have a DO NOT CALL list, and if anyone mentions this photographer, I will respectfully decline the event. I would hope he learns his lesson, but unfortunately, he is one of the top photographers in Pittsburgh, and he’s close to retirement, so his actions will likely go unnoticed, and unpunished.


The usefulness of vendor reviews – Do you find them useful?

As you embark on the daunting task of planning one of the most important events of your life, a question comes to mind: Where can I find the most useful information to make an informed decision? (other subjects to follow)

One of many places you may seek, is a chat-board, or review site, populated by recently married brides.

The question I have, as a vendor myself, How much of your decision to hire someone, depends on the opinions of what others said? How openly do you evaluate each post, do you look for multiple reviews, and do you feel you can trust the opinions of others to point you in the right direction?

From honest experience (and this will be the last time I mention my self) I’ve had many positive reviews, one mediocre, and one from someone whose event I didn’t even do. So I have mixed feelings about this subject, and asking for reviews is like pulling teeth from a wild boar!

So you’ve found a vendor you like, you’ve met them in person, but before you make the jump, there is some last minute checking you’d like to do. Here is the tricky part 1) You cannot find anything, or very little about this vendor. 2) You find loads of reviews, but a high percentage are negative. 3) The potential vendor has nothing but shining reviews, and you are seemingly impressed. Which would have the most influence on you, and which the least?

The unfortunate truth about reviews is pretty much the same as anything else. A harmful review can be written by someone who found, or experienced something wrong with everyone, except the vendor you like, but being caught in the crossfire of anger, they found the smallest mistake and exploited it. A good piece of advice would be, don’t write a review while you are in a bad mood. Other instances may have included another vendor disguised as a recent bride, or worse yet, an individual with a strong dislike for a vendor they’ve never used. These harmful reviews could sabotage the outcome of your chosen vendor’s success.
Some vendors are not completely innocent. They will sometimes pose as clients on different chat-boards, and boost themselves with overwhelming reviews.

There is a definite positive side to reviews, and although very helpful at times, like any amount of research, you must trust your own judgment.
Other ways that review sites can be of better use to you, is having the reviewer’s basic contact information available, so that you may gain some insight, by speaking with them about their event experience with your chosen vendor.
If you’ve found a review to be helpful, it would be reciprocally helpful to others, to write one yourself, and also make yourself available for inquiries about your experience. You have a great deal of power to express what may potentially influence someone’s decision, just as you were influenced by what you’ve read…..

Was that helpful? I hope it was!


WOW!! It’s been over a year!

Well,
I guess I didn’t have the time I thought I would have to update the blog!

A short note for people who haven’t been following Nameless Entertainment on Facebook, things are going well, they could always get better, but that nature of progression.
2010 was a vast improvement over the previous year, and the bookings for 2011 came pretty quickly. 2010 also brought about joining Twitter, still learning the ropes, and significance of it…. I’ll let you know how that works out!! If you’re interested @DJNamelessPGH

2011 is also a landmark year, Nameless Entertainment celebrates 10 years in business! I’m pretty excited about that, and I’m forever grateful to all the former clients, and friends that have supported me throughout the years.
I’ll wrap it up, and I really hope I will have more content to add to the blog this year…… Until later…..

~A~


Busy Busy Busy (sorry I stayed away so long!)

Well, things are looking up for Nameless Entertainment, and I would like to thank all my past and future clients for making it happen for me 😀
2010 has been a great year of recovery, after an admittedly dismal 2009, and the future is very bright! Look for new features offered by Nameless Entertainment, I’m pretty excited about them myself.

I would also like to thank my fan-base on Facebook for their support, I really appreciate that!!

I will make a greater effort to be more diligent, and keep up with the blog. I have a lot of interesting subjects to address, and I am really looking forward to writing about them.
Until then….