Ever wondered how a trivia host get their start in the wide world of hosting? It isn't actually a career many people even know is an option, right? The entertainment industry as a whole often feels like this mysterious world that other people move around in, but not like something normal everyday people can just do, right?
Well, here to shed a little light on all of that mystery is one of our Fat City Entertainment hosts, Ryan Henderson. Get your peek into the entertainment industry with Ryan!
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
Although I live in Charlotte now, I'm actually a native of Philadelphia, and I attended Rowan University in South Jersey where I obtained a BA in Communication (Radio, TV, Film). I interned at NBC 10 and ABC 6 in Philadelphia, did some freelance work, and I also taught TV Production at Glassboro High School in New Jersey.
What initially drew you to the entertainment industry?
I love to entertain a crowd. Seeing people laughing and smiling and just having a good time makes me feel great, and it’s contagious!
What skills do you think are most important to being a good trivia host?
The ability to know your audience is key to any public event, and that is a skill you cannot really teach.
What is the craziest thing that has ever happened at a hosting gig?
Once, a gentleman tried to pay me in whisky to give him the answers to the trivia questions.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out or even just considering hosting as an option?
You need to have a thick skin, and you can't be afraid to interact with your audience. You have to make them (the audience) feel like you are one of them.
Tell us one random fact about you.
I once held the juggling record for Rowan University. The record was 30 minutes.
Where can we see you in action?
I am hosting the Tuesday night music bingo show at Duckworth's Taphouse on Tryon Uptown.
Well, there you have it! If you are in Charlotte, make sure to go hang with Ryan and Duckworth's and win some sweet Music dobOFF prizes!