We had the good fortune of connecting with Davi Crimmins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Davi, how do you think about risk?
I owe everything I have to taking risks. I’ve made it a practice to step out of my comfort zone and take a risk on a weekly basis. I’ve watched anxiety and fears of failure crush the ambition of so many of my artist friends throughout the years. They procrastinate on every creative outlet – never releasing that video, stepping on that stage, or starting that business. Living in constant trepidation, for fear of what people might negatively say about their work.
If you’re always waiting for excellence – you’re never going to gain experience. I work in a competitive industry and waiting around for the ultimate genius idea would certainly leave me in the shadows of every individual more hungry for the opportunity than me. It took years, but I had to leave that inner voice of redundant inadequacies far behind. I had to take risks to get where I am today. I had to be more confident in my skills and talent. I had to challenge myself. I had to accept and understand the unique perspective and humor I can bring to my content, comedy, & business. To embrace a rejection at the end of the day means you tried at something & you’re now stronger and wiser than before. That’s not a “failure” at all… sounds more like prevailing to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My strongest skill on-air is I am an active listener. I listen to my team, then respond either with wit or heart. Some jocks are just waiting for their turn to talk but not actually listening to what’s being said. I think what sets me apart in radio/podcasting specifically with my reactions is that I speak without a sensitivity filter. It’s taken many years to accept that being an opinionated woman in morning radio is going to get me some hateful comments. It’s made it very difficult for me to advance since opinionated women are deemed: loud, crass, obnoxious, know-it-all, bitch, etc. I’ve heard them all! And I’ve developed quite the thick skin over the years to be able to move quickly past these hiccups. At my lower points, I’ve questioned if this was the industry for me a number of times. But I always bring myself back to the pure meditative thought that my VOICE is unique and needed. I’m a passionate, powerful woman. My anger is a gift. Yes, I get vocal. I bring epic laughs and profound thoughts. I’ve got 8-Shots-of-Espresso energy that can’t be contained. If everyone on the show were to agree, then that would be a boring show. I have completely accepted my role as the unpredictable Wildcard on our morning show. And I’m so proud to use my platform to speak out against injustices and bring humorous anecdotes from my personal life to cheer up the listeners in our markets.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d probably start our day with some vinyasas at Goat Yoga Of Georgia. Followed by a filling breakfast with the Comfy Chicken Biscuit at Homegrown. Some thrift shopping in little 5 is essential and stopping by Java Lords for a coffee pick-me-up. Skip on over to Ponce City Market for a sweet treat from Five Daughters Bakery you can enjoy on the rooftop and admire the beautiful view of the city! Then Dinner & drinks & oysters at the spectacular Kimball House before checking out a new play or improv put on by Alliance Theatre, 7 Stages, or Dad’s Garage.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people have advised me along this crazy journey. I could write a book of the kindness of every one of these folks for taking a chance on me! I want to give a Shoutout to:
Director & Producer Tony Reames for including me in your epic film projects & always encouraging my visions for cinema!
Stand Up Comic Dedrick Flynn for your contagious enthusiasm for life & the opportunity to work alongside the funniest person I have ever met!
Voiceover Talents Bob & September Day Carter for sharing their extensive knowledge of the industry & always mentoring those that are eager to learn.
My Broadly Speaking Co-Host, Cassie Young, who is epically talented & I’m lucky enough to be celebrating 5 years laughing to tears together on our podcast.
And last but certainly not least, my husband, Blair Crimmins. He’s been able to make his music dreams become a reality year after year with his band Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, while simultaneously reassuring & amplifying me to be the best ME I can be On-Air everyday. Being his wife gives me heartwarming privileges, like seeing his song ideas go from written on a bar napkin to becoming a full album in a matter of months. I’m constantly in awe of his ambition and inspired by his drive. I am grateful everyday for his unconditional love, collaborations, and support!
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