Getting to know E. Ross, the man behind the scenes

By: Keidra Ponder

On one of my recent assignments as a Production Assistant, I bumped into E. Ross on the set for the film, “Da Story B4 Da Glory”. With him being the Production Sound Mixer, he and I had a chance to chop it up and explore each others alternative creative lifestyles. Being apart of the crew is only one element of his formulated equation, E. Ross also runs a small production company based out of Atlanta called E. Ross Films.

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We produce music videos, documentaries and short films. Throughout the past 10 years I’ve shot over 45 music videos for various Mississippi artist and over 14 street documentary DVD’s called, “Ridin Dirty” and “Sipp Ridin”. The documentaries are geared towards the car fanatics who enjoy nice whips. Between the music videos and the DVD’s I have gotten over 1 million views to date. My latest project is “Whips-of-Atlanta”, which show cases some of the hottest whips in the streets of Atlanta.

 

img_0787E. Ross’ goal for “Whips-of-Atlanta” is to become a platform where companies can market and advertise cars and rims on his social media sites. This his way of sharing content and connecting like minded individuals who enjoy nice rides. Follow him on Facebook  at Whips-of-Atlanta, on Twitter at @e_ross1969 and view his videos on youtube at E.Ross. Click E. Ross “Whips-of-Atlanta” to view these whips we keep talking about.

#ViewsFromDaBooth: Emails and Intros.

What’s going on wit it? By now some of you are moving smarter in this music industry and some of y’all are now getting paid to perform. That’s wazzam. That means you are listening, maybe we can work together one day. This week we are going to cover something so simple, but often forgotten, how to send an email to a DJ. Let’s get into it.

First off, do you know how to send an email? No you don’t, stop lying! I receive probably more than 15 emails a day from artists, managers, promoters, anybody with a homeboy that raps. How do I choose which songs to check out when I am busy? Well. To keep it honest, I prefer the JUST the music. But if you must, a short 2-3 sentence bio, and the artwork for the song. I HATE, and I really do mean HATE, when an artist sends an email with a link in bio to click on their song. Make it easy on ah DJ, attach the song as an MP3! I’m not a fan that you need to be worried about getting an extra view on your song. Not at all, not at all. I am a DJ with very limited time. Not sure bout most DJs, but I love to check out new music while driving. And it’s easier for me to listen to an MP3 attachment than to click a link, scroll down, press play, stop the pop up add, blah blah blah, deleted.

If you know the DJ, include a short thank you note for him or her taking the time to listen. If you have never made contact with the DJ, please send an email asking if it is ok to send music. Or send an introductory email at least. I prefer communication directly from the artist or manager. This shows me that you took the time and consideration to reach out to me. OH! Real quick, why do you artists send one email to multiple DJS? I hate that. That’s a number one sign that you are a lazy artist that does not care to make a personal connection with DJs. When I see that, I instantly lose interest. Back to the point. Make sure that your email is short and quickly moves the DJ to listen to the song.

Before pressing send, make sure your email introduces both you and the record. We don’t care who else is playing it or how the club turns up when they hear it. Include the artwork, a picture is worth a thousand words. If the artwork is clean, gives a description of the song title, and looks like you spent money on it, we will definitely listen to the song. Lastly, just attach one song, clean and dirty version, as an MP3. It’s simple, to the point, and gives us the option to include it in radio and club mixes.

That’s all folks!

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DJ 3000

#ViewsFromDaBooth is a biweekly article from the south’s newest record breaker, DJ 3000. DJ 3000 is creator of mixtape series Off Da Brick, Finesse Game Strong, Private Party Kush, and DJ or Die Tryin’. He currently DJs at various night clubs in the Atlanta area. Follow him on Instagram @3000_da_DJ.

 

Sitting Pretty with Nail Artist Crissy

Introduce yourself to the readers let them know where your from and somethings about your career.

screenshot_2016-08-10-11-54-16-1.pngHi My name is Crissy! I’m from California, I live in San Diego. I moved here 4 years ago as a navy wife, I have a 6 year old son who I am working so hard for! 

How long have you been a nail technician seriously?

I have been a nail tech for 4 months.

What type of girl where you growing up girly girl or tom boy? Who are some of your influences?

I wasn’t real girly but wasn’t a tom boy. I loved make up and nails. But never really wore heels or shorts/dresses, I’m just me. Lol I honestly never had a person I wanted to be like or that wowed me, I just always wanted to be better person than I was after each day. 

How was it for you growing up? Is this what you always wanted to do? what career did you see yourself having when you were growing up?

Growing was typical no father in the house, but I would always talk to him, I knew who my father was. My mom never talked bad about him, she was a hard working, very strong woman. I never knew what I wanted to do as a career I loved hair also so I started selling it 7 years ago. But I never knew my career choice until actually this year! My husband said to me one day, “why don’t you do nails!?” I’m like OMG right lol and I signed up two days later! I never seen myself has a nail tech because the Asian have it on lock. But this is what I love and I wish I had done it sooner! I’m in love with nails. 

What have you been working on?

Right now I’m just sending out samples of nail supplies I sale to popular YouTube  vloggers

What other talents do you have?

I do a little make up, which is like my second love!

 If you weren’t doing nails what would you be doing?

Probably selling hair still and planning to opening a salon or store.

Have you done any services for anyone famous?

 Nails, no not yet I’m hoping to one day. I have sent hair to Diamond from Crime Mob and Lil Mo in exchange for promo. 

What designs are your specialties?

I love glitter encapsulation.

Do you have any competition in the nail world?

No. I don’t compete with anyone but myself I don’t worry about what others are doing.

Anyone you look to for inspiration in the nail world?

I like Naja from La hair I follow her Instagram. She is so nice and humble and always helping others in the nail industry. 

For you to feel successful what are some goals you would like to accomplish?

 

I want to be the best person I can be so people continue to love my spirit. I want to booked and not overlooked! I want continue to stay healthy. Last but not least stay strong and be the best mother to my son i want to raise him right. 

  What level of success would you have to reach to feel as if you made it?

I want to be the talk of the town for being the sweetest person anyone has ever met! I want to be able to give others joy when they are having a bad day. In this industry, us nail techs sometimes have close relationships with our clients, we are their therapist. We hear so many stories and sometimes we’re able to give helpful advice. So it’s important I stay humble and show courtesy at all times. I will not be happy if a client leaves my chair unhappy with my work but more importantly with my attitude. 

What would you like to be remembered for when its all said and done and the lights go out?

That my smile lit the room up! 

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Do you have any shout outs?

I want to thank you guys for this opportunity! This is so amazing! I appreciate this! 

Any words of wisdom?

Be humble, because you can go out of style. 

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To book an appointment call: 619-730-7404

Follow Crissy on Instagram at @crystalNailz_

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