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Watch Me Live! (lahyv)

Watch Me Live!  (lahyv)

Watch Me Live! (lahyv)

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Moses Carroll wearing an X-Pole T-Shirt
One day, three years ago, right around this time of year, I had an idea, one that would change my life. I decided to start a website about pole dancing and my step-dad, a very kind man, offered to buy a domain for me, unitedpoleartists.com. He helped me build it, design it and taught me how to fill it with content, how to add tags so it would show up in search engines, and how to update it and make changes as I went along. As time passed, and pole dancing progressed, so did I. Before long, I was a wiz blogger. As I lay in bed at night, countless times I found myself thinking about my pole dancing website and how things could be better. All the while, right under my nose, pole was evolving, and fast. I realized time was of the essence and the next idea I had was “Poling Around Town” (PAT). PAT were videos of pole dancers talking about what they love to do best. What a learning experience that was! Not only did I learn about what type of equipment was needed and what types of editing tools were needed, I figured out what look I should be going for for myself, and what structure to use for these new webisodes. This was learned simply by doing and correcting the errors I had made along the way. “Poling Around Town” led to what is now “Pole Dance Life”, which I am very happy about, but am still learning to make better. 😉 Since them, there has been a river of ideas flowing from me, and I pick and choose which ones I am capable of following through with. The latest idea is live streaming pole events. For the longest time, while doing my research, I wouldn’t tell anyone about my idea and wanted to wait until I tried it once. So I waited, tried it and boy did I learn from my mistakes. The first time was at the Miss South Carolina Pole Dance Competition with Moses Carroll. One of the things that was first figured out, was that I bought the wrong computer! I had just spent $1,100.00 on a brand new Mac Notebook, when I should have bought the Mac Book Pro. Now, it was possible to live stream with a Mac Notebook, but the camera capabilities were very low. That’s because I had to use the internal webcam (which I had) or an external webcam (which I did not have). We only had about 100 people tune into that one. Because I had just bought a computer and didn’t want to buy another one so soon, I purchased an external webcam and tried live streaming again. This next time was the weekend of October 24th, 2011 in Atlanta at the Miss Georgia Pole Dance Competition, and it was a success, with minor things to tweak, such as being able to zoom in and out, which can’t be done with the webcam I had. However, the picture quality was excellent and we had almost 1,400 views! Moving on, I realized I had to bite the bullet and buy another Mac, the right one this time. Five days after having the new computer, it was time to live stream again, December 18th, 2011, at A Very Merry Polesque. Sigh, it did not go as planned. I did not have the wire with me that was needed, I left it with my sister, Alex Davies, months ago and am still awaiting it’s arrival. Because of the set up of the venue, I could not put the camera closer to the stage, and as said before, my webcam doesn’t not have zooming capabilities. The lighting was much dimmer than it had been at the Miss Georgia Pole Dance Competition, and because the camera was so far away, we looked very small on stage and it was hard to hear what was being said. The good thing I can say about it is, almost 300 people tuned in. Oh yes, and something new was learned. Next time, I will stand my ground and figure out a better view. Next time, I will definitely have the right computer, the right wire and the right camera. I know exactly what I need now, I know how it should look, I know how to do test runs, and I just may make another mistake and learn from that one as well. Another good thing is, I can honestly say that from all of this there is growth and lessons learned, and there is gratitude for those who support me, my sister (who is my manager) and my company, United Pole Artists. Those of you who have stood by us, it has not gone un-noticed, and we appreciate all of the encouragement. Those that do judge, those who make negative comments, we appreciate you too, because that is sometimes the fuel that drives me to work harder. With out those comments, I would be out of work and bored. If everyone loved us, then I would be done growing, yes? I would be a millionaire by now. But, because that is not the case, I have a job to do everyday, I have things to learn from every event, and I you to thank for helping me grow. There will be more ideas to come, and there will be more mistakes made, just as there are in all of our lives. I can only hope that you will be there to witness it. I plan on making history, making a difference and changing the world. Where will you be when that happens? Watching me live, on-line on unitedpoleartists.com I’m guessing. 🙂 (The picture above is of Moses Carroll wearing an X-Pole T-Shirt)

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