Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanessa Hundley.
Vanessa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Music was always a part of my life, especially in my band geek and dance class years, Yet I had never considered being a DJ. My journey began with a chance comment by the DJ that was spinning at Bellbottoms, a Buckhead club where I was bartending. At the time, I was a single mom of a young daughter and most creative professions seemed out of reach. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to be able to express my love of a huge variety of music, and my very first gig at American Pie (which was open 7 days a week; plenty of chances to work) allowed me to do just that, as they had a format that spanned from the 50’s on. They were also one of the early venues to offer video mixing. Learning to incorporate the visual media along with lighting, all to the music I knew and loved and the new music that was always emerging, was something that appealed to me then and still appeals to me today. I continued on to a succession of residencies across Metro Atlanta, each one bringing a new crowd, format and sense of excitement.
I have had several mentors over the years, at venues and through the agencies I worked with. Each DJ, VJ and eventually KJ (Karaoke) taught me not just about music and how to put it together, but how to address the many technical aspects that come along with equipment and software, their best advice on how to address the business aspect, the clients and the multitude of scenarios it’s possible to find one’s self in. And I still learn today from every DJ at every experience level, because we all have different ways of looking at music and introduce each other to new songs and styles all the time.
Those opportunities and individuals introduced to me to a host of creative, professional and philanthropic individuals and organizations with whom I am part of many amazing events and collaborations, including:
The Atlanta 200 Jingle Mingle
Swim Across America – Atlanta
33 Events Red Dress Party
ATL Social Events and Hands Across Atlanta.
I am the owner of Audioprism Entertainment, offering DJ/VJ/KJ/MC talent for events of all sizes. I host a YouTube channel sharing music, events and interviews with artists and performers of all kinds. I also currently spin and host a number of dancing and karaoke events weekly around the city, and my newest endeavor is as a Voice Over talent. And there is still so much left to discover and develop!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Like with most endeavors, no matter how much you think you know going in you are going to learn much more than you could ever imagine. In this business you work with many kinds of people, and after 14 years I have worked in pretty in most scenarios you can imagine and probably a few you wouldn’t think of. There have been great venue owners, some not so great. Wonderful organizers and promoters, then some that proved to be less than savory. Then there was the fact that early on there just weren’t as many mainstream female DJ’s. I had a lot of supporters, but there were some negative people at times too.
Then there were periods when I had to face personal and family struggles. When your living is based in entertainment, you put on your game face and go when you have to. I have performed after a loss, after a car accident and while ill. Those are the moments you step into the music and let it carry you away.
Then there’s the practical side. I’ve DJ’d in intense heat, had equipment fail, been rained on, showed up to clubs that closed overnight, dealt with aggressive customers… it’s another experience on the path, and the show always goes on. Barring catastrophic electrical failure. That has happened too.
Audioprism Entertainment – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I developed Audioprism Entertainment over several years. Originally it started as an umbrella when I first started booking private gigs. The economic collapse spurred me to really work to establish it further so that I could have more control and freedom in my career as I knew I loved it and wanted to continue but there just wasn’t as much venue work for a while. I added and upgraded equipment, always looking for quality and efficiency in the sound, lighting and video options. I learned more music genres. And I made it a point to treat my clients with the attention and care I would want for my event. All of the entertainers I work show the same level of respect and commitment. A special event should be special and we recognize that.
Every event, small and large, is different and unique because I work with the organizers to really get a feel for the energy, pacing and music they want surrounding them. Music is such a huge part of any event, and I don’t just listen to it but constantly study it, looking at its origins and for other selections that compliment it. My years of experience working with club owners, promoters and party organizers (plus several years in the service industry) gives me a 360 degree view of events, allowing me to assess not just the what music to play but when and how. Timing is one of the keys to creating a successful experience.
Philanthropy is one of my cornerstones. I do believe in giving back and work with several nonprofits around the city. I have a passion for people, and love seeing smiling faces. If we can do something to help others, even just with our time, it helps make things a little better for everyone.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is measured in increments. There are so many varying degrees of success, but they are all important. Speaking personally, raising a healthy, intelligent, happy, artistic daughter, finding a career I have true passion for, really connecting with my closest family, finding love, continually learning about the world and all it has to offer – those are all successes, The markers always change for those, but it’s what keeps you moving forward and growing.
Professionally. that first successful audition, the bigger success of branching out and getting a second club gig, my first private party, my first large scale social event, my first race… those are all successes.
Successes in conquering fear, trying something new, meeting and putting myself in front of different groups of people. Future success is becoming better, or trying a new avenue of interest. This year I am on the board of the inaugural No Strings Attached E-News Online International Film Festival, a success I didn’t expect but I have been loving every second of, Financial success is something I can appreciate, of course, but I don’t measure my own success solely with numbers. Numbers, too, are subject to change.
- Website: www.audioprisment.com
- Phone: 6788513497
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @djaudioprism
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/djaudioprism/
- Twitter: @djaudioprism
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/c/audioprismentertainmentshow