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Monday, February 25, 2008

I'm Here Again

I have been a busy man.


Between church- 'yeah, I go'-, radio shows T.V. spots and four to six articles per week, I have found myself in a unique place, at least for me.

I have found myself - in demand?
Even in a small market rust belt like Central New York I still consider my transformation a bit surrealistic.


It all started with my lay-off/firing from The Utica Phoenix. The once mighty monthly newsmagazine was the first place where I was consistently published. Aside from reporting I performed an insane amount of tasks for my editor and chief. In the process I established myself as a fixer of sorts- someone who can get anything done. Sort of like Michael Clayton sans the Mercedes and law degree.
You would be shocked by the number and variety of proposals I am subject to hear on any given day.

Information.

How do I translate my wide ranging connections that cross demographics and universes into a viable living?

Public relations perhaps.

In a lot of ways my freelancing is a very inexpensive(free) form of publicity. I am pitched stories daily

People have began to look for my writing.

I used to struggle to find stuff to write about now I have found myself literally sifting through subject matter.

What is news?

I write for an entertainment weekly with an eye on political,and cultural awareness. A new and emerging voice in our community. I can't help but feel I am a part of that. We picked up where the Utica Phoenix left off. The Utica Phoenix had a simliar upsurge in interest when I started writing for them.

Now that I, along with a few others, have left. That interest has died.

It is not me- it is what I represent.
The appetite for real biting commentary in a digestable language is in demand.

The best thing that I ever heard that has helped me the most is: "David I love your writing but you use too many big words"
I want everyone to understand me. Everyone from the Penthouse to the gutter should know where I am coming from.

I have submited some of my more controversial blog posts-they ran them...The Whistle Blower Blues, 911 truth, My ode to family reunions.

My editor Ken Polisse was courageous- he weathered all the phone calls and said 'give me more'.
The publisher, P.A.- he's a bad-ass. He knows the advertising for that particular publication has increased- they are one aggressive push away from demographic dominance in this market.

The paper is locally relevant.

Ken took a gamble with me his startegy worked, he just made a vertical career leap. That can only help my resume because he never changed my copy accept for one article.

No wait a minute - a few articles, but there was only one change that actually bothered me.

Kudos Ken.




I know am the first guy in the area to submit a story with a decidely Gay subject matter HOW SHOCKING.
Margaret ho er'- I mean Cho- is not revolutionary but around here, in this corner of America, she is.
Ken has moved on but my new editor Leeanne Root is off to a good start.

The online edition of the paper has a video feed- that is her inaugaural gesture. She brought something new right away.

Yeah I am kissing a little ass but she deserves it.

It is a win win situation. I am self employed, unburdened by anything but myself. They (The Life and Times of Utica- google em') are extremely flexible and have an appetite for insightful reporting- believe me I have competition. Once people found out I was just submitting work they tried.
It ain't as easy as I make it look.

I was born to do what I am doing right now.
You are probably wondering how I ended up on radio and T.V..
I am too
The radio spot was on a small market show in a small market which makes it the equivalent of highschool radio- but it wasn't It was WHCL Hamilton College's radio I was invited for a Black History month interview.

I waxed poetic for three hours, it was marathon radio, I was immediately addicted. People called in and I was able to demonstrate my encyclopaedic knowledge of popular culture past and present.
I , for a moment, was a pundit.
I felt like a car salesman who could drop to a dollar and still get paid for a million.
So that was the radio spot- I know...you're thinking - big deal.
To me, it was.
So later in the same week I go to my community meeting, pen and pad in hand, to see what they got going. They appoint me the spokesperson for The Cornhill Neighborhood Association.
"Dave your well spoken"
"He's perfect"
I pretended to reluctantly accept, but inside I was flattered and honored.
The next week they schedule me for the WKTV Evening News
I would be on Newstalk sandwiched between the snowmobile report and weekend weather.
From what I am told I did great.

All I did was speak clearly, gesture with my hands a lot and smile.
It was a six minute interview and I was able to vocalize a lot of things I write about now.
It was a message of alignment. I felt like unifying spirit who snuck on the airwaves.


I will be doing another radio show on February the 29th . This time it will be WTLB which is a local newsradio station.

The conversation gets serious now.
But I am ready.
No matter what happens freelancing is still working.
In fact, it is time for me start to really write

4 comments:

Spartacus said...

We missed you dude! I'm glad to hear that you're in demand and that this is a "paying" gig.

So what should we call you now? Radio Dave? LOL!

Way OT now, but I've been meaning to ask you something. Do you have a relative from New York City named Tyrone Dancy. My apologies if I am asking a stupid or inappropriate question, but I need to know.

David B. Dancy said...

Thank you Spartacus.

What can I say?

As for Tyrone he's my cousin...just kiddin.

Aysha W. said...

Dave,Dave,Dave...How about we use "Dancy" as the radio alias? =]
Can I call you Dancy now? Lol

So I like...I like everything that you're doing right now, for both yourself && the community. Go Dave! Leave all that bad business behind, as I AM SURE YOU HAVE. But I'm just throwing that out there... =]

Well umm since you all BIG && all now you know I'm going to be trying to mooch of our umm..."mentorship"...so what do I get out of this deal?...Something? Anything?

--stands && claps-- Yeah, you're doing it big enough for me to applaud.

Oh, and me && my best friend decided that the line.
"I felt like a car salesman who could drop to a dollar and still get paid for a million." <-- DOPE.

Sweeetttt.

=]

David B. Dancy said...

Aysha you are soooo sweeeeetthank you
I was told it is important to be able to accept a compliment with grace.
I tip my hat to you.
Aysha I a flattered that you would cpnsider me Big 'M' material.
You ae not made of china. In fact you are a tough girl, mentally, spiritually and - I'm not sure about physically. But you get what I mean.
When you walk into a crowded room understand the unique place you own within this universe. Remember it is no accident that you are where you are.
Now- write on sista, write on.