CN Starz Entertainment’s Connie Spicer Interview For Thumbtack

We recently joined a new service and I was fascinated by the questions posed.  As a DJ, it is so important to be looking out for our clients and to provide the very best we can. Here is part of our interview with them: 

T: Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

C: We treat our clients and potential clients as if they are our best friends, but we do all we can to show them value and professionalism in all we do for them. We work with them from day one to make sure questions are answered, that we know the playlists, that we have everything in place to meet your needs and to back up our promises to you.

T: If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

C: Thinking back to before I was into this business, I would ask what was the worst thing to happen to the DJ’s I came in contact with.  Most of them answered the same as I will: when people overimbibe, they do careless things, say mean things or can put you in difficult situations.  That carelessness can cost money, so it’s very important to have the appropriate insurance in place to be able to care properly for all your equipment.  The rest of it, you just have to try to maintain, or get the client to take matters into hand to protect you.

T: Do you have a favorite story from your work?

C: We did a really amazing 50th wedding anniversary several years ago.  The people were  so sweet and wound up keeping us all day.  It was a long drive, but they took good care of us, and we did the same for them.  Their granddaughters were our “starz” and we worked with them to create a little series of performances for their grandparents after dinner.  It was so much fun, and the kids were adorable!

T: What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

C: I wish customers were aware of all the pre-work we do to bring them an event that will be memorable.  When they fail to plan, they put their event in a precarious position because we don’t know your tastes unless you tell us.  We don’t know if there is something special, something that speaks to you, that you want included unless you tell us.  We are excellent at what we do.  We will go far beyond exceeding your expectations when you help us even the smallest bit with your special event planning.

T: Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

C: We are largely self-taught, but that doesn’t mean we are lacking in skills or knowledge.  We are always learning new technology. For example, we don’t just work with wifi subscription services, we can also play from your iPod or other system.  Of course, we still can, and do, play our full disc library!  There is nothing wrong with kicking it old school.  We are firmly commited to learning the best and newest techniques and technologies, and in working with our own equipment–what it can or can’t do, and how to achieve the best sounds possible in the environments in which we find ourselves and now in working with the streaming technologies and what it can do for our clients.

T: What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

C: I believe that streaming and podcasting are going to be the next big thing.  For weddings/receptions and more where guests can’t afford to attend or that have a scheduling conflict that prevents them from attending in person, Livestreaming and podcasting makes the event spectacular in a brand new way.  Podcasting the event creates a new nostalgia that a couple can use — along with their event photographs and video from streaming — to bring back the joy and happiness of that occasion.  I think we will see more and more of this, with multiple streams in different locations at a reception.  We’ll see more Facetime and Skyping at events; it’s not just for teleconferencing any more, it’s for everyone.

To see the rest of the interview, please check us out on Thumbtack.  If you have used our services before and you would like to offer a review of us on Thumbtack, please click this link: Thumbtack: CN Starz

Karaoke Experiences: Please Share

In and around our business, we run into issues and answers of all kinds, and we like to hear from you too.  So, I’d like to start with an easy question, one everyone who sings karaoke has at least one answer for, and that is: What are some of your best and worst karaoke experiences?

In the more than 20 years that I’ve been singing karaoke, I’ve seen a lot.  I’ve seen club owners stiff KJ’s (and been one of those stiffed slobs back in the day), I’ve seen people butcher music and fall over equipment because they couldn’t hold their beer in their hands, let alone keep it in their bodies any longer.  We’ve seen Karaoke Jocks who can’t or don’t do their job well, who give those of us who work hard a tough row to hoe because they aren’t professional. We’ve seen folks help other folks overcome a fear of performance and learn to enjoy being in front of a microphone, whether or not they sing well – at least they are having a good time, and have accomplished something they might never have before: to perform in front of others.

Frankly, we do it because we love it.  And we love the vast majority of those out there who perform, who are gentlemen and ladies about it all.  We love those who need a pick-up to get up on stage (hey, it’s tough for many-and you really have to have some stone to get up there), and we love it when someone who has never before gotten up to sing, does so and knocks it out of the park (along with those who can’t carry a tune and STILL knock it out, their own way!)

So, take a minute, fill us in, and tell us: What is the best and the worst experience you have had at karaoke?  It’s OK, you aren’t on stage here.  Smile

Videos From CN Starz Events

Videos From CN Starz Events

Watch live streaming video from cnstarz at livestream.com

We will be adding videos and montages from our events, tourist localities and featured businesses.  Please stop in and visit! We’ll let you know when we get the channel up and running. As always, thanks for visiting!

 

Video produced and edited by Connie Spicer

Choosing A DJ For Your Wedding…

What do you see happening at your special event?  Do you expect people to sit at tables, quietly chatting while music plays subtly in the background?  Do you want people to jump up, yelling, to go run and dance to the song that just came on?  Are you hoping to find a DJ that knows how to perform or just a body to play what you tell them, when you tell them?

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I don’t think there are too many who want a body sitting at a table-and while every crowd has it’s own peculiarities–you’ll know, probably better than anyone else, the basic kind of music your family and friends will want to listen to and enjoy.  That’s where we come in.  I want to pick your brain beforehand, so that I know what ages will be in attendance, what your expectations are, how rowdy or how demure you want your event to be.

Wedding music?  Of course.  And dinner music, dance music and even wind-em down a bit music.  You want the special stuff, like Aunt Mabel’s favorite song from when she was a little girl, or your Dad’s all-time gotta-have-it song from his college days.  Give us enough notice and we’ll guarantee it.  Give us a little notice and the likelihood is that we’ll be able to find it. Oftentimes, as long as we have an internet connection, we can get it on the spot, on request.

What are the traditions you want at your wedding?  You want all the wedding party announced when you come in, of course…  Mom and Dad haven’t been together for a while?  That’s OK, we can work on it.  Dollar dance is fine!  How about a special dance for the  bridesmaids, and something a bit different for the groomsmen.  Cutting the cake music, Garter Toss, Bouquet Toss.  Your DJ should have your song selections from you well in advance to get an effective playlist together.  They should always work with the photographer and the wedding planner to stay on track and keep on track through your reception or special event.

If any wedding actually went off without a hitch I would be surprised but there are things you can do to make sure it runs smoothly and that is, simply, to help the DJ get prepared.  If they aren’t calling you ahead of time or communicating by email, maybe you want to rethink this choice.  Are they going to play “Baby Got Back”, even though you know it will offend your grandparents?  Maybe you don’t want the Hokey Pokey or the Chicken Dance (although why that would be I have no idea!  It’s one the older folks can usually get into…)

Also, don’t forget to discuss clothing. Weddings can be casual or black tie and your DJ should be dressed accordingly. If you’re ok with black dress slacks and a white shirt, that’s fine, but if you expect formalwear, you need to let them know that also.

The main thing is communication and confidence.  If you feel that your DJ is doing right by you, they probably are.  Leaving it up to chance when you have a pretty good idea about what is going to work and what won’t is not the best plan. You will get what you pay for.  And in this economy, you can get a serious professional at very reasonable rates.  Don’t be shy about saying so!

Connie and David Spicer
email us at: info@cnstarzentertainment.com


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Decades: 1940’s Through 2011

To give you a taste of our current music library, we wanted to offer a demo, showing a taste from our “decades” of music. Whether 1940’s dance music to the most current sound, we have it available. So, grab your favorite adult beverage (it’s ok, this is a G rated podcast), turn your speakers on, click on the title below and have a listen to our latest Mixcloud podcast…

Enjoy Our Podcast

These are just a few of our songs. We hope you enjoy them! Please note: We have something for everyone, and can find pretty much any song you may want. Some restrictions may apply, but with notice, we usually do pretty well!

Let us know what you’re looking for. We’ll do our very best to provide you quality customer service and an event people are sure to enjoy.

Over time, we’ll be adding to our selections here, so feel free to put in your special request now!

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CN Starz* Entertainment – Our Mission and Promise to You

Our Mission

CN Starz* Entertainment’s mission is to provide services over and above the rest.  We want your event or your business message to shine.   With a bit of help and planning with you, that can happen.

“We Play Your Way” is more than a catch phrase for us, it’s what we want for each of our clients and our customers to know — that we have what you want and need for your event, that we’ll play it and that it will be a fun and memorable event for all.  We don’t want to cut cookies — we all know just how easy that is to do.

 

What is our mission? What do YOU want?

So, what do you want from a DJ?  You want an event to go smoothly, for the music to fit the occasion, for the requests to be available as much as possible and for your guests to be enjoying every moment.  You want “YOUR” song.

Our business clients want a message that pops, one that strikes a chord with their customers, one that says, “You need to come to us”.  They want their message to reach their prospective clients and they want it to educate their potential customers about why they need to use our client’s services or products.

That is our mission, and our promise, to you.

Please email us for more information at info@cnstarzentertainment.com or call our voice mail service at (772) 226-0266 and for more information, visit our regular webpage at CN Starz* Entertainment! Thanks for stopping by.

DJ Availability and FAQs

Answering key questions helps determine how your event will unfold.  You ask the questions and we’ll give you up-front answers.  We know everyone is busy these days, so please be sure to give us as much information as you can to help us provide you with the best quote and service information possible.  Not sure what it is that you want or need?

Start by telling us about your event:  When will it be held?  Where are you holding it?  Do you want or need special music?  How long will you need us?  Do we have to move our equipment more than once?  Are you having it inside or outside?  Do you need additional cover to protect the area?  Each of these questions and more is where we will start when we work with you.

For our business partner prospects: What image do you want to project?  Do you already have specific images for the event or video?  Will you have special performances, public speakers or is it a more open forum? Do you want us to prepare the scripting and edits or would you prefer we take a more limited approach?

For those wanting a family history interview: Do you have some basic questions you want answered or do you want us to provide scripted questions?  Have you already done some of the homework to provide information, photographs and any other product for us to include in your family “documentary”?  Do you have a special location chosen for the interview to be held?

For a full list of available services and packages available, please see our “Services Offered” page.

We will do our very best to answer your questions promptly and honestly and to offer you ethical and on-time services. Let us know what you need! We play YOUR way.

David and Connie Spicer
info@cnstarzentertainment.com
772-321-3597
772-501-3836

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