Why Do They Love Me??
I am the first to admit that I am not the best poet out there. I do my thing and people love my perspective, but more than that, I believe people like that I don’t settle. As a spoken word artist, you are nothing without your audience, so what are you willing to do to cultivate and keep an audience.
I can think of no better example of my commitment to my audience than my Members Only erotica show. Members Only has become one of my more popular new events, catering to those wanting a night of uninhibited sexual energy. I have to admit that this is one of my favourite events to produce and perform. I now have a ‘cult’ following of ‘Members”, but it’s deeper than that.
Members Only is now going in to its fourth year, the show is over two hours long, features me, with special surprise guests, and I have yet to repeat a poem in the show. What do I mean? Well, every year, I write two hours of material and learn it for one night. When people want to know how I get so many people to come out and support my events, there’s the answer. I have always been willing to do what others won’t. I have always been willing to dig deeper for my audience.
When my book was translated and launched in Belgium, I spent a month learning a poem in French, that I could add to my set while there.
When I was first starting out, I would work part time, leave work, drive to Detroit to hit up an open mic, perform, drive back home, then be at work the next morning. I did what others wouldn’t, and now I reap the benefits.
Every summer when I do my anniversary show, I dig through the crates and relearn poems, or give them makeovers. I’ve never done the same poem twice at When Brothers Speak. I understand that I exist because of the people who support me, so I constantly strive to give them more reasons to support and love me. Ours is a balanced relationship; the more I give, the more they support, and the more they support, the more I give. At the end of the day, they are happy, and I keep growing as an artist. I never limit myself as an artist, because the people who support me want to see me grow, they want to see me try things, experiment, push myself. When I show that commitment to myself and my art, it strengthens their resolve to continue supporting me.
I will never take my supporters for granted, or stop working to make myself a better artist; everything that I do depends on it.
DMTags: arts, culture, Dwayne Morgan, hard work, poetry, poetry slam, toronto