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Meet Teri Gamble of VIP Karaoke & Events

Today we’d like to introduce you to Teri Gamble.

Teri, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I don’t remember a time that I didn’t love music. I have been obsessed with karaoke since the days of Laser Disc & tape cassette decks. My first real karaoke machine came with one tape – it had Hound Dog, Ice Ice Baby & Wind Beneath My Wings on it and I wore that tape out.

Flash forward years later after a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Theater, a Masters in Business and an MFA in theater living from coast to coast – England & Russia and back again. I landed right back on the east side of Los Angeles to continue to pursue my lifelong dream of acting and hosting.

As an LA artistic/actor person, I work many gigs – as a “gig economy goddess” I know that one job will often beget the next! So while working as a beer sales lady for a craft brewery I forged a great connection with Thom Sigsby of Hi Ho Karaoke and the Old Chalet. I told him I have been obsessed with karaoke my entire life that if he ever needed someone to host – to please keep me in mind! Many beers and a couple of years later he hit me up and I was off an running.

After honing my skills with Hi Ho Karaoke – running shows in dive bars to Vanity Fair parties – I was ready to branch out on my own. In March, I officially launched my own company – VIP Karaoke & Events! It has been a blast getting to share the joy of music with people.

I believe that life is short, we gotta sing while we have the chance & I abide by my company motto: “The only thing better than good karaoke is bad karaoke.” I strive to create an ego-free zone where people can express themselves freely – no matter their skill level. Music is therapy. Music is life. Music is healing!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
If you had told me as a child that I would get paid to play pretend, talk about scary movies, play tabletop games and run karaoke for people I would not have believed you.

I think the hardest part about landing where I am today was letting go of the expectations of what I thought a “grown up” life would look like. My parents both have their masters degrees in education and my big brother is a very well-know educational psychologist – and I spent so many years trying to prove to them that I’m a grown up, too.

But the beauty of my work is that I get to reconnect people to their joy – which is connected to our purest childlike essence. My grown up life is living my best childhood dreams come true.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about VIP Karaoke & Events – what should we know?
VIP Karaoke & Events is L.A.’s premiere KJ & Hosting company. From intimate parties to major events, we offer a full-service experience that will leave your guests happy & make your night a guaranteed success. We can bring fun & excitement to any party or draw crowds to your bar or club.

We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to ensure that the atmosphere is authentic and fun. Our KJ’s are your biggest fans – we are cheering for you in the front row like you’re our favorite rockstar. The tambourine will be rocking in time and we want to feature you on our Insta Stories!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think it comes down to remembering what Maya Angelou said – “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I strive to create an environment and modulate the room for celebration of life. All of our singers are coming from different places that day – some from a space of mourning – breakups, losses, heartache – while others are in the same room to celebrate -a birthday, promotion or new love. We want everyone to get to a space of celebration of life. It is all one. It is a miracle that we all get to share the joy of singing in one room together for the night.

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