Let’s start from the beginning. How did you start hosting? *
- Born and raised in the city of Raleigh, North Carolina. I always had a passion for speaking in front of a mass audience. The first time I stepped on the stage was actually in church then that later transitioned into acting. Before one of the shows, my director Beth Honeycutt from The Towne Player asked me to emcee the pre show. That’s the night I KNEW this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my LIFE. Later that year I got booked for my first event. The official birth of CDK on the Mic.
I’m sure your success has not come easily. What challenges have you had to overcome along the way? *
From day one I’ve always had a few people in my ear telling me I wasn’t ready for the spotlight. This only motivated me to continuously put in hours of time and dedication into my craft. Till this day it’s still hard for me to grasp the concept that everyone doesn’t want to see you win.I overcame this by simply LIVING MY TRUTH and SHOWING MY BOTTOM. Everyday isn’t going to be full ups, sunshine and glory! I know it feels like people pray to see your downfall, the moment that you understand that’s just life is the moment you’ll be ready to conquer any obstacle in your life. If you live everyday being who you truly are, people will naturally gravitate towards your genuine spirit. Showing your bottom is equivalent to exposing your lows. can encourage those around you in similar situations to see it through. Chasing the light at the end of the tunnel can sometimes be difficult but if you put in the work you will get the results!
What challenges have you had to overcome along the way? *
- The number one thing I’ve had to overcome was losing my job in radio due to the pandemic. It felt like everything I worked for went to waste at the time. Radio is a form of therapy to me, allowing me the opportunity to provide enjoyment to an audience of listeners that I’ve never met before. What I miss the most is visiting the schools in the area speaking to the kids for career day. There Are so many kids that approach me smiling ear to ear inspired by what I do. Recently I had the opportunity to make my On-Air return through DTLR Radio! I can’t wait to have my own show!
What’s the biggest event you’ve hosted thus far?
- Without a doubt NBA All-Star Weekend. I was only 20 years old at the time just in my second year of hosting. Blessed with the opportunity of hosting for the world’s highest paid athlete…FLOYD MONEY MAYWEATHER. This was a once in a
lifetime opportunity! It made my night when he walked up to me and put his arm around me to cosign me as an entertainer! That was only the first event, the very next day I brought out the Migos. Standing in the same booth as them and Lil Baby on that night showed me the bigger couture to take my brand WORLD WIDE.
Tell us about your time on the radio!
- I started my radio career as an intern in the promotions department at102 Jamz, the Hip Hop station in Greensboro, North Carolina. I took pride in always being the first person to the station and the last to leave. I decided not to work the entire summer to dedicate all my time and energy to this internship. I spent four months in the promotions department until I was offered a job as an On-Air personality! The hard work and pure talent landed me a nomination for “ Radio Personality of the Year ” within just my first year of being in radio.
At what point in your career did you become a nationally recognized host?
- I was named the number one HBCU Host in the nation by HBCU Buzz. They ran a month-long campaign with the top host in america. Once the campaign began I realized I had the support of tens of thousands of people from all over the country. Ending with over 152,000 VOTES. Following the competition I picked up a major internship with Warner Music Group as a College Marketing Representative. Ultimately being the liaison of not only the HBCU community but now generation Z as a whole. While interning at Warner Music Group I obtained another partnership, working as a content curator for Hip Hip DX. Our media outlet reaches an audience of over 5 million. This has led me to become a media mogul interviewing some of the industry’s biggest names.
What’s next for you? *
- Tour life and my own show! Currently I’m working on my HBCU Tour. Throughout this year I plan to continue traveling all over the nation hosting events at colleges showing them the time of their life! Hitting all the major markets expanding my brand. While on tour I plan on landing major in-person interviews perfecting my craft, preparing me for the next stage in my career. The ending goal is to have my own talk show inviting influential guests to have real conversations for the world to see. Until then I want my own radio morning show becoming a trailblazer for the
next generation of media personalities. Pushing limits creates a new path for the ones coming behind me.
Finally, how can people connect with you if they want to learn more? *
- You can visit my website https://www.cdkonthemic.com/ for all booking inquiries. Ready to travel at all times! Follow me on all social media platforms @CDKonthemic.