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August 20, 2008

Simba R Hall on Episode 43 – Pageant Soup Podcast Show – Live Thursday 7pm EST

Simba R. Hall - Mr. International 2008
Simba R. Hall – Mr. International 2008
Simba R. Hall started his pageantry career in 2002 on the stage of 708 in Atlanta, GA competing for Mr. Liberty International.  With the crowd silent anticipating what to expect, he has transformed into what his name truly represents; the king of Prideland.  In such a short time, Simba has pioneered his way into the field of pageantry not to be forgotten by the people he touches with his vibrant smile, humble personality, charismatic talents, and eager determination.
Simba was attracted in the field of pageantry because of his desire to have a voice in the community and his love of performing on the stage.  He has shown to be diligent in all systems he has come in contact with.  Conquering Mr. Renaissance was the beginning of Simbaʼs dynamic career.  As Mr. Renaissance, Mr. Hall started the Kingʼs Alliance which united all the mister national titles together giving back to the community.  This cultivated Male Entertainers of National Systems (M.E.N.S.) Night.  All the male systems came together and each king performed one number along with an opening and a closing performed by all the current national kings including three of the top four (Continental, Entertainer of the Year and USA).
Next, Simba was appointed the emeritus of Mr. Global International.  Under his reign, the system grew to have seven competitive boys for the first year and Memphis took credit for hosting its first Male National pageant.  Simba went on to win Mr. Sweetheart International where he is now revered, adored, and serves as an official judge for the Nationals.  During his reign, Simba also went on to conquer the title of Mr. Continental.  Although this was the pentacle of his career, he continued to serve both titles with style and dignity.  Under his Continental reign, the system boasts growth from eight preliminaries to eighteen.
Simba also works outside the community as a professional opera singer.  In this line of study, he has sung in churches and recital halls across the US.  He just recently returned from Europe with the Atlanta Opera chorus where he toured singing Porgy and Bess.  He will return in October for three weeks to finish the tour.
Simba is reigning as Mr. International and continues to make a difference throughout the GBLT community.  While catapulting to new levels in the community, he merges his professional career by planning and working on his solo recital and debut live recording late this winter in Atlanta, GA.  

August 16, 2008

DVD Editing Update #4 – EOY and International Week 2008

You ever have that feeling when you just want to throw your computer out a 5 story building?  There is nothing like pushing the limits of your computer and I have definitely done that with finishing up with International Week.  For those of you who was at the International Week pageant on Saturday, you know that was a lonnnggg night because the Plus competition was also with the prelim competition of the Mr and Miss.  Well I had over 5 1/2 hours on the timeline with 3 cameras and tons of color correction that eats up more hard drive space than termites eat wood.  I never thought I would be saying that 600gb of hard drive space is not enough but I think I would be happy with a couple of terrabytes – but I digress. 

For the news you want to hear….I am one day ahead of schedule and I should be finished with the DVD encoding for Plus competition within a couple of hours today (Saturday).  I have finished prelim of Mr. and Miss so the entire Mr. and Miss competition is now completed.  Later on this evening I will prepare everyone’s order who pre-ordered a copy and it will go in the mail on Monday (sorry no mail delivery on Sunday).  Everything will go by USPS priority mail so you should get it in 2 to 3 days.  We are happy with the look of the video – The Center Stage Theatre is a BEAUTIFUL place to film so the quality of the video in our opinion is excellent – we also are doing some new things with DVD menus and DVD packaging that we think you will like – nothing major but its the little things that we hope make a difference.

EOY is still on schedule for next week so EOY fans hang in there – you are next.

More news to come soon.

Thomas

June 25, 2008

Where have all the guys gone? – Pageant Soup Podcast Show #37

Pageant Soup Podcast Show - Episode Number 37

It’s almost the middle of the year and we have some exciting shows in the future. We know a lot of you are talking about Miss Duval and Sweetheart Newcomer and we will touch on those topics in the coming weeks, BUT this week on the Pageant Soup Podcast Show we welcome guest host Marlowe Rainbow as we tackle “Where have all the guys gone? – Male Pageantry in 2008.” It appears that male pageantry may be on a slow start this year, we talk about the challenges, successes and opportunities that face male pageantry in 2008. We invite all current and former male title holders to get in on the discussion and share with us your opionions and thoughts.

The show airs live tomorrow June 25th at 7pm Eastern Standard Time. Visit our website to listen live or simply subscribe via iTunes and have all of the shows downloaded to you every week for free.

Live call in with 5 phone lines and chat room & email will be open so you can make your comments and ask your questions. Happy listening and thanks for your continued support. We will see you all tomorrow at 7 pm EST. It will be a fun 30 minutes!!

Thomas (Show Producer)

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