I spend a lot of time being downright silly on this blog. I also spend a lot of time tooting the hell out of my own horn. Both are fun and that is why I do them. Every once in a while things need to get serious though. Fear not! There will be no lecturing or preaching. The Tyche Szondi soap-box is out away neatly under the bed, with the dust bunnies and the random odd sock. Things are about to get serious in the best way possible and you are going to like it!
You probably know her as the “hello” that greets you when you land at After Dark. The backside that you slap to get your pixels shaking. The woman that kisses, hugs, spanks and on occasion snugglehumps as a thank you for tips to the venue. She is all of those things but she is also so much more! There are so many facets to this woman that if I did now know her personally I would think those pixels were made up of more than one person.
Owning a venue probably seems pretty glamorous, and it certainly is at times. Getting to see your club that you work so hard for full of people enjoying themselves and grooving along with you to music you love is an amazing thing. But there is a lot of hard work that goes into it and that hard work is often overlooked and rarely applauded. Meegan deserves to be applauded and I know damn well she will not toot her own horn so I am going to do it for her!
One of the most difficult and rewarding things that Meegan deal with as a live music venue owner is musicians. Have you ever heard the phrase “Working with musicians is like herding cats”? There is so much truth in that statement! While that is true, they are also the reason that Meegan does what she does. They are the love that makes her put so much labor into running a fantastic club. Meegan works tirelessly at putting together After Dark’s schedule of musicians, finding places to showcase new talent on the grid, filling last minute cancellations, dealing with any issues that may arise, be they personal or business.
Then there is that motely crew of a staff that she has to wrangle! Being part of that crew, I can attest to the fact that while we are a damn amazing group of people, we are not free of our “princess moments”. To be completely honest, it is very hard for me to be objective on this being one of the crew, and I cannot speak for the rest of the staff, but I know that I am not always the easiest person to work with and Meegan has had to talk me down from a ledge over silliness more than once!
Then there are the million of little things that Meegan deals with while hosting shows. Complaints from patrons, sometimes legitimate, other times things that are not within Meegan’s control. Either way, she deals with them with grace. Her goal is for people to have a great time while at After Dark and she will do anything that she is able to (within reason…don’t get carried away!) to ensure that it happens. In an evening of live music she is likely to field a load of IMs from patrons, questions, complaints, people looking for bookings, people just wanting to chit chat. And she fields all of those IMs while greeting every person that lands at After Dark, thanking for every tip and enjoying the heck out of herself!
After Dark is not the only passion that Meegan indulges in while in SL. (Minds…gutter…you know the drill! Stop it!) She dances for Guerilla Burlesque as a soloist and she has acted as a director for the troupe at times. This is a damned involved process. The soloist has to choose a song, develop a concept, build a set and choreograph a dance. It consumes a huge amount of time and in the end she has 3-5 minutes on stage in which she blows away the audience. Much like owning a venue, it is very much a labor of love and one that Meegan has a distinct talent for.
I would also like to point out that Meegan does all of the above while balancing her RL along the way. She takes care of her family, works an (often more than) full time job, and still finds time to do the things that she loves in SL. She is a owner, a friend, a therapist, a warden, a dancer and most importantly a damn good time. TOOT TOOT TOOT!!! Hear that? I am tooting the hell out of her horn, because she deserves it!
You want to know the best part of this post? Meegan has no idea what I am writing this week. I normally let her know, at least give her an overview, but I didn’t this time. She probably would have told me not to write this. She is too damn modest and I am not going to take that crap anymore! If your friends cannot give you a hearty pat on the back then who the hell can? Am I right?
In closing, Meegs, you are so loved and your hard work does not go unnoticed!