Today we had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Sanjay Potdar – An Anchor, Emcee, Team Building Expert & A Motivational Speaker. Sanjay Potdar is an Engineering Graduate who has been successfully following his passion as an Anchor and has enthralled audiences from over 800+ Shows with his gigs and yet believes this is just the beginning. Lets Begin
Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I was happily working 9-5 job in IT as software engineer. I used to travel by bus to office and while coming back home it used to take 2 hours due to heavy traffic. During this time I started watching YouTube videos in bus and I went through some videos of various established anchors. Then our office outing and annual days I saw many anchors. I found this somehow challenging as one individual rocking and commanding thousands of Audience at given time. I was attracted to this. I thought I should try it. I did my first event which was birthday party where I googled some typical games and it was just a raw effort still audience enjoyed it and that gave me lot of confidence.
Then we had party of our cricket club where I hold mic when my friends said you have good voice and you should try it. This really made me to think let’s give a try. At initial stage for 1 year I hosted birthday parties only. I was looking for a break in corporates but no one was ready to give opportunity as I was new and with just 1 year of experience. However Fidato Events showed trust and banked on me and gave me opportunity to host corporate cricket tournament. As I had played cricket from 3 states it was my USP, I banged on it and it was one of the best event and this is how my Journey started and now I left my job and enjoying my Anchoring journey.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
I was hosting big Annual Day for a US Chocolate brand at Pune, My entry on stage was in just 15 seconds, My headmic , Sound check was all done. Entry song started and I entered in style. Crowd gave a warm welcome with loads of cheers and noise. I welcomed everyone and the moment I went center stage and when I saw the covered area behind the audience at the bar counter. I was freezed for 20 seconds, literally freezed. No one knew what happened. Event manager, DJ , Coordinators started talking on walkie talkie about this incidence. Everyone was shocked. During these 20 seconds I went back in flashback of 2012 when I was working as Software engineer in Cognizant and we had our Annual day at the same venue. I had nothing to do with what was happening on stage, Artist and all. I was at Bar counter. The distance of bar counter to stage was 600 m but it took me 6 years to be on stage at the same venue, to be an Artist from Employee. I recovered in 20 sec from flashback and trust me I gave my 200% and the client was very happy. This was the most interesting story which I will never forget.
Which is your best event experience till date?
For me it’s tough to choose any one as each event gives new learning and new experience. But definitely I want to mention one event, It was MATA Women’s Bike Rally organized by Maharashtra times. There were 5000+ girls in Maharashtrian navwari dress with Feta and Glares on riding on Bullet. All girls were so crazy that if you play Generator sound also they would have danced like anything.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
It was not a mistake but slight miscommunication. Normally I ask client and Event manager, they want to keep it formal or full energetic. I was asked to make it full energetic. But I realized that it was dealers meet and all crowd is old so being energetic will not work. I instantly changed my Gears and event was amazing.
What I learnt from is you should be able to sense your audience. Audience in Nabz pakadni ani chahiye.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them?
- First of all day believe yourself that you are the best and you are going to rule. You have been given this opportunity so just rock it.
- Doing homework before the show is very important. I have seen many emcee’s directly come to venue and then ask event managers about briefing and inputs. No, you should do all this stuff one day prior.
- Start working on yourself, innovate yourself, come with new entertaining ideas how you can enthrall your audience.
- Guru mantra is connecting and engaging with your Audience.
- Your audience will reciprocate you, so be active, well dressed and fully energetic so that you get similar response from your audience.
- Remember you can copy other emcee but you can’t copy his style. So be your own, create your own style so that world should follow you.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
”सपने वो नहीं होते जो आप सोने के बाद देखते हैं, सपने वो होते हैं जो आपको सोने नहीं देते”
It has happened with me and still happens that if I have show tomorrow I am not able to sleep previous night in the excitement of thinking how to make it memorable and exciting. This is something which drives me crazy. It ignites me so much that i keep thinking all the time about it.
Best example is once I was not well, I had fever and bad throat still I hosted contninous Nonstop 5 shows in 2 days and the Energy level which was in the first show it was same in the 5th show, The only reason is I am passionate about it.Once I am on stage i forget everything, its a moment which i Live and Love most.
What services do you provide?
I have Expertise in
Anchor | Emcee
Team Building Expert
Emcee for Corporate Events
Emcee for Marathons
Emcee for Dealers meet
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Facebook – Anchor MC Sanjay Potdar
Instagram – emceesanjay
Twitter – Sanjayppotdar
Linkedin – Anchor Sanjay Potdar
YouTube Channel – Anchor Emcee Sanjay Potdar