Last year was the first year for the Faces of Beauty annual charity fundraiser to help raise funds for Faces of Beauty Foundation. Ponch Cosmetics is the host of this spectacular event in which we raise funds to help support programs that aid victims of domestic violence.
Brandis Jamerson was the emcee last year and she did such a phenomenal job that we decided to bring her back again. I recently caught up with Brandis J and here is what she had to say about the event:
Ponch: You emceed the event last year? What led you to do this event again?
Brandis: After the event last year, I received so much encouragement from friends and associates that were at the show. I even received one of the hottest shoutouts in Facebook history from an old classmate. So when the opportunity presented itself I was slightly nervous… But after I thought about the fun we had last year… I just began thinking of how to bring it again this year!
Ponch: Was this your first time emceeing an event:
Brandis: Yes, it was my first time emceeing and I was a nervous wreck! There is a big difference between doing the welcome at the 3 o’clock service and emceeing a large event.
Ponch: Did you ever get stage fright? What happened?
Brandis: When the time came for me to get the show started all I can remember were seeing all those faces just looking at me and it was definitely intimidating! I just remember my voice shaking and me ready to run back off the stage… After I came back and the crowd begin to engage, it got easier.
Ponch: You participated at rehearsal last month. You looked like you were having a good time. Can we expect some of that foolery at the event this year?
Brandis: Of course! Anytime I’m in the midst of good company I will be an advocate for a good time! Again, it goes back to the crowd and their participation. The models that are participating this year have great personalities, attitudes, and it was easy to come in and cut up with them! So as long as the attendees get into the show, we have no choice but to GO UP ON A TUESDAY!
Ponch: This is a Bachelor/Bachelorette auction. Do you think this is a battle of the sexes?
Brandis: There is no battle when there’s a woman involved… We always win. Lol
Ponch: Who do you think is going to win?
Brandis: It’s hard to call it because there are so many different flavors for bidders to pick from, and who knows? There are some sneaky ballers out there that may like the shy type or may like their men light skinded… lol I’m thinking I may get the largest amount on the silent auction tho!
Ponch: Do you think this is a good idea for singles looking for love or to just have fun?
Brandis: Folks need to come to the event with the mind frame of having fun! If a love story comes out of it then we will give them a shout out at the next show… But one of my disclaimers for the event will be to not expect a relationship as an outcome to your bid… Now what they do with their opportunity is up to them… *sips tea*
Ponch: What do you consider sexy about a guy?
Brandis: What’s physically sexy to me will always include tattoos… I’ve always been a fan of good art work…. What’s mentally sexy is a man’s ability to show compassion towards me… Unfortunately that combination has been hard to find.
Ponch: Well, we do have a few studs with A LOT of tattoos! So, if you could build a guy, what would he look like and how would he be?
Brandis: This is a loaded question…
Ponch: Since you’re funny, how important is finding a guy who is funny, too?
Brandis: Any prospect of mine would HAVE to have a sense of humor or we are going to run out of things to talk about real quick.
Ponch: Would you ever ask a guy out?
Brandis: At this point in my life I wouldn’t ask a guy out because that sets a precedent that the man doesn’t have to take on a leadership role within the relationship. I need a man that’s not afraid to open his mouth!
Ponch: Who is your celebrity crush?
Brandis: Zac Efron
Ponch: If you were a guy, would you bid on any of the ladies in the auction?
Brandis: Heeelllll Yeeahhhh!!! Lol All of em thick wit it! They’re very beautiful ladies.
Ponch: If you could go back to last year’s event, what would you do differently?
Brandis: I would have spent more time with the models before the show so I can get a better understanding of that makes them tick. That would make it easier to promote their personalities and make them more appealing to the bidders.
Ponch: Do all your comedic moments spring from the truth?
Brandis: Yes, 9 times out of 10 I find laughter out of the truth and what has become reality! And if you were to meet some of my family members it would be evident that DNA definitely plays a large part as well! 45
Ponch: Which person in the auction will make your job easy? (This person just makes you think of funny ish)
Brandis: DJ Demarcus Sharp is a natural fool and I am so excited about working with him! My other classmate Brian Davis is an inspiration also! They tend to think outside the box!
Ponch: Who are your favorite female comedians? Why?
Brandis: Sommore has always been a favorite for so many reasons! Not only is she representing for the thicker chicks, but her delivery is what makes her comedy stand out. She is blunt, but not abrasive… That is an art form these days.
Ponch: How important is crowd engagement when you’re emceeing?
Brandis: As I mentioned earlier, the crowd’s enthusiasm is so important and is necessary for a successful event! They have got to come ready to participate in this positive movement.
Ponch: What song gets you excited and ready to go off?
Brandis: Too many songs to count! Lol It ranges from Taylor Swift to Z-Ro. I love music and if the beat is on point then I’m enjoying it!
Ponch: How important is music when doing an event such as this?
Brandis: Music sets the tone… The music can make the crowd remember a time or moment… or it may awaken their ratchet side… either way it helps creates a mood and I know that DJ Demarcus will be able to assess his crowd and give them something to groove to.
Ponch: What’s your educational background? Have you ever thought of a career in broadcasting?
Brandis: I graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration. I have a passion for the hospitality industry, and I love the idea of traveling. I did attempt, while attending SFA, to become a radio personality with a local station here in Longview. Long story short, being behind a microphone and speaking between songs is not as easy as one might imagine… It takes practice to become an effective radio personality.
Ponch: What are your thoughts on the issue of domestic violence?
Brandis: Domestic Violence is an issue that is becoming too common in our communities. Recently I have had the opportunity to be educated on how domestic violence not only affects the person who is being physically and /or mentally abused, but it also affects the friends and family that are around them during this difficult time. In a lot of cases the idea of leaving is not as easy as some try to make it out to be. There is an uncertainty of how the person will survive without their abuser, sometimes there are children involved and the abused doesn’t want to disturb their children’s home environment. There are so many reasons that can deter an abused person to get the help that they need. As a society, and especially as a community, we need to work together to be a form of assistance to those who have been in these violent situations to get out safely. I’ve experienced domestic violence personally, and I was blessed to get out of that situation before it was too late. So I have a soft spot for those who are facing this on a daily basis and living in fear of the next attack. That’s why I plan to give my all on that stage December 20th! I want to play my role in this effort to raise money for the victims of this horrible crime.
Ponch: What’s next for Brandis J?
Brandis: Hopefully a nap… I’m tired!
What’s next for me is continuing to work with the members of the women’s organization “We’re S.A.S.S.I.” to be a present entity in the Longview Community. We want to provide an environment for the personal growth of women of all races and ages! Please be on the lookout beginning in January 2015. We have some great ideas on the horizon, and we look forward to empowering the women of East Texas through group activity and volunteer efforts!
You can catch snippets of what is to come for this event on Youtube at http://youtu.be/wdeIAyS4R-Y.
To get tickets to this event go to www.facesofbeauty2.eventbrite.com
To learn more about Faces of Beauty Foundation go to www.facesofbeautyfoundation.wordpress.com.