We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Kornegay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christian, how do you think about risk?
I think of risk as opportunities to step outside of your comfort zone. I’ve built my brand off risk. The first risk that I took was taking all of the money that I made the summer before college to invest in starting my business. During that time period I worked at Mcdonalds only making $8.25 walking away with biweekly checks of $300 on a good check. I knew college was expensive but I had a dream to follow. I spent money buying equipment with no gigs lined up, well not yet at least!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from every other emcee? Understanding the art of crowd control and reading the room creates an instant connection between myself and the audience. Each event I host I try to think of at least one new way to create a one of a kind experience to leave the folks in attendance in shock of what they have just witnessed. When conducting interviews I focus on making the guest feel like a friend but more importantly a person that cares to hear their story. What separates me from everybody else is living by the motto “ by any means necessary “. Taking advantage of every opportunity thrown my way, making it larger than life. Marketing takes up about 60% of my time when it comes to the brand. I wouldn’t be who I am today if I didn’t go through anything right? Thanking God for putting me in the position to be uncomfortable. Beginning in my childhood I always struggled academically not understanding why until we discovered that I had Attention deficit disorder. I was determined to not let that put a hold on my dreams to become the superstar that I’m destined to be. Knowing this, one of the things I’m most proud of is becoming a first generation College student. Creating that path for my little brother to follow in my footsteps. Moving forward to one of my most recent struggles losing my job in radio due to the pandemic. Literally being forced to change my entire way of living. The radio brought me to a place of peace and happiness, especially the remote portion of it. When that was taken away from me so abruptly it made me reevaluate my entire career. If I could let the world know one thing about my brand… I’d say that i’m the most genuine entertainer that you’ll ever meet. I care about the experience more than anything!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite restaurant without a doubt is Broad Street Oyster Company! I didn’t know of all the ways Lobster could be cooked until visiting there! Before getting a bite to eat we have to walk around Kyoto Gardens. That way we clear our hearts and minds. This is a peaceful place just to get some fresh air! Lastly ending off the night at The Reserve Night Club to catch some drinks and feel the vibes!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I seriously mean that, I ALWAYS give an honor to God without him I am Nothing. The first thing I make sure to do after every gig is pay my tithes & offering. Next without a doubt would have to be my mother and father, Cynthia & Carlton Kornegay. They have equally invested time, effort, and money into my brand. My mom would always find new ways to elevate my gift by putting me in programs to enhance my skills as a public speaker. My dad came through countless times providing knowledge of the business portion of my brand. The last major shout out goes to my teachers from grade school! Mrs. Honeycutt, Ms.Hill, Mr. Scott, Ms. Joyner Ms. Edwards, Mrs.Drew and Ms.McCaslin just to name a few! I love you all so dearly the list is so long but these are teachers I’ve managed to retain a relationship with post graduation and ALWAYS kept it real!
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