I HATE: People who ask if their kids should believe in Santa Claus!

Yes, they bloody well should.

Ok, I know, WHO ARE YOU TO TELL ME THEY SHOULD???? people will now hit the comments, but let’s face it, you clicked the link, so you want some clarification, right?

I hate that. Who am I to you? Who am I to give you and your kids advice, they’re your kids. Raise them how you see best.

But, to back up my claim, here’s why they bloody well should believe.

Past:

Santa is believed to be a magical being that flies around the Earth (or across it if you’re a flat-earther. BTW flat-earther has a red squiggly line under it when it is typed, meaning IT IS WRONG!!! – Next blog??).

As I was saying, it is believed that Santa is a magical being that travels around the globe, in one night, delivering presents to all the children of the world. He travels in a sleigh, dragged by magical flying reindeer, carrying a sack full of self-replenishing gifts, or a sack so big it holds all of them. So, like a UPS man?

This, is utter nonsense. Mainly as, a quick google search asking ‘The Science behind Santa Claus’ returns a really good and in-depth blog from Huge Castillo Sanchez of Chalk Dust Magazine explaining all the math behind hit. Www.chalkdustmagazine.com/blog/science-behind-santa-claus/

In fact, my belief stems from the myth behind the man. Again, googling ‘Is Santa Claus Real’ pings back a lovely little phrase saying. No, he isn’t.
The myth is said to be started when a gentleman, who was left some money from his parents, decided to ‘pay it forward’. I’m guessing it was his ‘midlife crisis’ because he gave the money and all his things to less fortunate people, predominantly children. Eventually, he became a priest. The story goes, that each year during winter, he would jump on his cart, pulled by a donkey, and deliver goodies to locals. This varied from food, clothes, coal, and handmade toys. Some tales even state he would lower the money he gave down their chimneys at night, so they’d wake to find a bag left waiting for them.

In anticipation of his visits, children were to leave out food for him and his donkey, to aid in his journey. When he died, this became a tradition, one that is said to be in his honour as thanks from locals.

Present

These can be related too by todays traditions. Toys are usually what is associated with Santa Claus. We have our children leave out milk and cookies for Santa, and carrots for his reindeer.
Now, my personal belief is that cookies and milk came from the same place his red suit did…corporations cashing in on the idea of Santa Claus. I mean, he’s CokeCola red right? Am I the only one who sees this? Nope, a quick google search and TheFact Site explains the backstory of Santa, https://www.thefactsite.com/why-is-santa-red/, and as it also shares similar back story to my previous comments, and explains it was indeed CokeCola that introduced Red Santa. Holidays are coming, and corporations capitalising on a heartfelt story. Milk and cookies…Americanism anyone?

Now, we see Santa as an aged, jolly, generous fat man. A true ‘Saint’. Generous, loving, supporting, inspiring, charitable, happy, positive…

See where I’m going with this. Santa Claus is real!!

Future

I hate people who ask whether their kids should believe. You’re damn right the should.

If you want your children to grow up to believe that we’re in this life together…yes! If you want your kids to know what Christmas really is…yes!
If you want your children to understand what it means to be in the Christmas spirit…then YES!!

Santa Claus is real because he is the embodiment of happiness, during a cold and dark winter at the end of the year.
Santa Claus is real because he represents non-bias, fully inclusive positivity. He maybe named Saint Nicholas, but I guarantee you, the real Saint Nic didn’t care about any of the holdups we have today (race, religion etc). He just didn’t want to see people freeze or starve.

The relatable bit!!!!

Tell your kids this, if you ever doubt it again.
Santa Claus is real, like Spider-man is real. Spider-man was designed to be the perfect hero. Believing, without a doubt, that because he has the power to act, he acts. Because he can save lives, he saves lives. The fact, he/she CAN BE ANYONE. That was always the point. Spider-man was the hero, that anyone could be. Santa Claus is exactly that, the Christmas spirit that ANYONE CAN BE.
And that, my friends, is the real Santa Claus.

And why should you tell your kids Santa is real?

Encouraging kids to believe is TOP MOST IMPORTANT,
Because you can bribe them to do anything if you threaten Santa won’t come.

Merry Christmas!

SxSWales Launch Party: The Review!

Useless Filler Content:

Wednesday 8th May saw the final project of my university journey end with support for my friend, and mentor, Sam Bradshaw.

Four years ago, I wanted to improve me. I wanted to be someone else, something else. My dream of working with children and becoming a teacher, as one was the case, was set in motion when I met Paige. She showed me a place I could meet people and gain the necessary knowledge to move forward.

Fast forward a year, and teaching was gone from my dream pool, and was replaced with nothing. I did not know. Creative Music technology (CMT) appealed to me as it was everything I was. A course that was build or tailored and suit me. A jack of all trades course. This, coupled with Sam and his DJ enlightenment, brought me here. One of the heralds of the SxSWales Festival.

My Role:

It was up to me to hire the best of the best for the launch party. To bring a new and exciting experience to the students of University of South Wales (USW), and launch the SxSWales festival into orbit. Well, into full swing in The Zen Bar.

Knowing the venue usually put on live acts, I decided a DJ night was possibly the best, if not the easiest, to organise. Having me being able to fill the spot as back up should a DJ fail to be found. But I wanted the USW students to enjoy what inspired me into the folds of entertainment. After all, we are all creatives looking for inspiration, right? Enter DJ Sam Tweaks.

The Plan!

Due to university being the pinnacle of the overall event, we (CMT) wanted to ensure it all began at the university. We wanted the Zen Bar. We considered a ticketed event, but due to us wanting more ‘bums on seats’ it was decided the best option was for it to be free.

I was aiming to have an after party for when The Zen Bar was finished. This was originally planned for Porters, but due to cost and timings, timings being ten pm before anyone and costings being that Porters is not a ticketable venue, it was not viable.

The Allergies were consulted and were happy to play the event for us, but would have cost five hundred pounds to hire for the night. This would have been recuperated through sales, at a ticketable venue. This is an event for the future of The Mighty Fozzy Entertainment.

 

 

The Review!

The Good.

People:

Huge thank you to Lloyd George for his support with organising a sound engineer. The engineer was a real gentleman, and a wizard behind the desk. Provided everything the DJ needed, and it sounded great. He seemed to really enjoy the tunes.

The DJ (Sam), came along, played tunes all night and really enjoyed himself. No credit can be taken by me for that as he would have been doing it at home anyway. As he is a friend, h DJ’d the gig for free as a favour to me. This kept the cost of the event to £0. As per his normal performance, we were professional, dance, interactive with the audience. He worked really well with the sound engineer, and did everything that was expected.

The audience was typically that of the venue. Students came for happy hour then left for their assumed night out. The DJ had a set of songs ready for the period of power (term I am using for the part of the party where people are most likely to boogie). These were impactful.

Venue:

I had organised a parking space for the DJ, within the grounds of the university, so that he had easy access. The set-up space was plentiful, the access was great, and the people supportive. I have already mentioned the sound was fantastic, and stayed so throughout the evening. We also fed the DJ and he gratefully enjoyed his burger.

During the first hour, the DJ was playing mainly to people who had been in the venue as we arrived and were readying themselves to leave. Within this first hour, support from CMT came in the form of the Nostalgia team. They were there from the start till finish and I love them and want to say thanks to them for their support from the bottom of my heart. Thank you, guys. A few other classmates supported throughout the evening, but either came late, or left early. We all have lives, it is understandable and no problem at all that they only came for a brief moment. I did not go to any other event due to work commitments, so me being negative in this instance would be heartless.

Throughout the evening we had roughly sixty to seventy people through the door, students came and went. In relation to sales on EventBright, and yes I bought tickets from there for the Launch Party to, we had sixty pre-ticket sales in relation to the amount that came to the event. We have a visit from one of my DJ colleges, who had bought pre-tickets, and also a few friends of our lecturer? He was streaming it live on Facebook, so it was inevitable that his ‘friends’ would come say hi. Again, a huge thanks to Lloyd for being there throughout, and also to Matthew Evans for his support.

The music was great, the sound was great, the audience was expected.

 

 

The Bad.

Promotion:

To be honest, I could have promoted the night much more efficiently, and ‘spread the word a lot more proactively. The other teams put up posters and gave out printed tickets. I could have taken this approach, but due to the venue not really being a public venue, I was a little restricted. Being a NUS venue, I could have avoided this restrictively around the university campuses, included the other universities around Cardiff, and also leant a little more into the faculty members for an audience. Another avenue of audience would have been high school or secondary education lecturers. Given the genre of music, the venue, and how comfortable the Zen Bar is; it would have been a great opportunity to invite teachers to come and see what is on offer at the university as an extra curriculum activity so that when asked by their students looking at their futures, there was a genuine experience that could have been exploited.

Personal:

Being a DJ, I could have performed. I have the experience and ability and could have planned a performance from me. Being my profession, it would have been easy for me to tick this box for my portfolio, and also work as part of my performance assignment. There was missing introduction of the evening, so those members of the university who were there, did not realise who or what was happening. They would have known it was a DJ, obviously, but did not know it was part of the SxSWales Festival. This was my fault. It was my event, I should have at least introduced the DJ at the start, and said thank you at the end. My reason for not doing this is because as an events DJ, I believe the music does the talking. I priced up a banner, large enough to go form a backdrop for the DJ. The room itself could have been light or decorated a little more towards what the event was. Being vinyl, and the DJ having his own tracks, there could have been a merchandise stand for him to sell records. This would have at least given him a little revenue for the event. The live stream was good, but due to my set up, the original stream ended after two hours of streaming and I had to reinstate it. This meant anyone who was watching the event, parents of our students who live quite a few miles away.

 

 

Conclusion

The night was a successful gig and launch into the SxSWales festival. Lloyd looked to have a great time, as did DJ Sam and the minimal audience we had. The luxury of what we did was the live stream. Providing an online access to the gig from any and all portable devices. We had forty plus views throughout the evening. This was a great way for us to support DJ Sam, with a medium for others to view his work, a platform for him to play in an environment he is comfortable, and an easy system that is both affordable and user friendly. Thank you if you were part of this support system, and I hope you have a lovely day.

Foz

Logo Building Project: The Mighty Fozzy Entertainment

Date commissioned: April 2019 Date completed: April 2019 Yes, the one I had in my website for months was a temporary logo. It was always going to be changed. I just lacked the right motivation to do anything about it. I mean, I can do work for others and have no problem at all, but when it comes to me, I suck. So, I got to thinking. A logo needs to represent you. I mean, I logo is the first thing people see, and it should say as much about the company as possible, right? Well, I don’t know how to say all the services I offer assistance with, in one picture. I went with me. Who am I? I’m a brown-haired, ginger beard, blonde eyebrows, pop culture enthusiast. I DJ, I dance along with the crowd, I help others, and I’m always smiling. How do I portray this? I looked back at myself, and found a pattern in me. I thumbs up, and smile, and oh my did I love cartoons as a kid (still do 😉). This made me think about that. A caricature. Of me. Perfect. It wasn’t. It didn’t quite capture…me. Luckily enough, I knew someone who recently acquired a design from a friend of his, and oh my it was good. I knew what I wanted right then. Fig 1: A quick sketch, and I knew exactly what I wanted. I contacted the artist, and started scribbling. Fig 2: this is why I don’t Photoshop! Yep, I said that’s what I want. Fair play to the artist, Mike Devereux Danks, he came back with the best scribble of me that was possible. Fig 3: received_464967304246745.jpeg and there I was, in cartoon form. But, the pose wasn’t quite right. Luckily for Mike, I photo bombed a lot of pictures. Luckily for me, I was able to acquire one… Fig 4: Kelsey, Stacey, and Jordan. Guess what, there is the EXACT pose I wanted…and Mike being the genius he is, made it. Fig 5: received_2108330179254309.jpeg Spot! On! Fig 6: I really shouldn’t Photoshop screenshot_20190415-150321.png Oooo, it’s almost perfect. Mike went away after he sketched the idea, and transferred it to digital. I told him the colour requirements and that I wanted a t-shirt. To which he complied. Then, he said it’s almost complete. Fig 8: received_2311533805792872.jpeg Cue the colour. As you’ll see, the logo on the t-shirt is not me. I. Fact, it is a nod to a friend of mine. I asked if he wouldn’t mind me having his logo on my logo, as a way to say thanks for his support, his teachings, and his friendship over the last five years. Happily, he said yes. DJ Sam Tweaks, you legend. Then, I got to playing with Motion. Not the act, the Apple program I have on my Mac. And, well… Fig 9: Soon to be EVERYWHERE!!!

Logo Building Project: Adventure Dogs Wales.

Date commissioned:

February 2019

Date completed:

 February 2019

Sarah asked if I was able to assist her with her design. She knew what she wanted, but didn’t have the know how to create it. She used another company, one who I don’t know of their name, to complete the final design however they seemed not to understand what she was after.

She wanted a lady, walking a dog, in a circle, with mountain and tree silhouettes. She always wears a hat and wellies when walking, and wanted the do to resemble a large dog.

This is the four designs she was sent back from the other company. All really great, but jot 100% what she wanted.

She listed them, by numbering as seen above, he favourite to least. No matter what she told the other company, they could not get the design quite right.

I was asked to help.

After a few attempts, this was exactly what she wanted…just not yet ready for her needs. It was of poor quality, but the idea was there. After all, I did this using sketch, on my phone.

Now, she had her design. She sent it back to the other company and they completed a few others, but had to use my created lady, as they were unable to recreate the exact look…of a bobble hat and wellies. The hat being an addition to the lady, and the wellies, we cropped feet of the man silhouette.

After receiving my design, the company created this. And Sarah, got exactly what she wanted.

A nice collaboration, some healthy understanding, and free assistance from me. It was a pleasure to help you, Sarah.