Nightlife

Mickey Avalon | Concert at On Broadway

Sitting here on the holiday break, watching countless reruns of "Quantum Leap" really puts things into perspective for me. I used to watch this show when I was a kid; my brother and I loved it. Dr. Samuel Beckett would jump from one life in need to another, each jump was different and he always had to play it off the cuff. The theme song was a little too 80's ish, and somewhat misplaced... but I still loved it. Thinking about how busy I get and stressed out I make myself I can't help but see a small resemblance between me and the main character of Quantum Leap. My day job as a sales cowboy at a growing online marketing firm means that I need to be distinctly shrewd and direct in managing my time and prospect and Always Be Closing (ABC).

Everything is calculated and deals often close by sheer luck or by outright force - conversely,  my ventures in starting a business in photography and trying to get my name out there into the big world means that the contrast between my daily responsibilities in sales and all of the free time and weekends that I spend with photography is a welcomed dichotomy. I love being able to work hard during the day and either shoot bands like Mickey Avalon, LMFAO and Busta Rhymes or bounce between San Diego and Los Angeles in doing different engagement shoots for new couples. Its a welcomed balance between creativity and hard nosed business tactics. My only regret is that the last 2 years have gone by entirely too fast.

My last update featured Wanderlei Silva, of Pride FC and UFC fame, a man known as the axe murderer. Now, jump to this update.... We have Mr. Right - Mickey Avalon. Some of you my know the backstory on Mickey Avalon, before international fame and stardom. Before his was spitting rhymes with Andre Legacy and Dirt Nasty - He worked in a big city as a male escort. Talk about 2 different characters.

Almost like beauty and the beast. At least you'll be surprised by my next update.

MrMickeyAvalon-15 Stayed tuned, and keep supporting me. All you need to do is show, and be you. xoxo

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The Unknown Rapper | Hardrock Hotel

bestrapper-1051 Out on my regular Thursday shooting routine shooting nightclubs, the Hardrock Hotel and Encore really stepped it up during the summer of 2009. Daniel and IAG Entertainment booked one big name after another. Which meant I got to shoot some great talent almost every week. Mickey Avalon, LMFAO, Busta Rhymes and others. Also, be ready for some of the big names on the red carpet....

Check it out!

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Stingaree Night Club in San Diego | Encore Entertainment

[gallery] I've been working with the promoter Encore Entertainment since their inception and have really grown to enjoy working with Daniel Krieg and the crew. We started as a small promotion company and have grown into one of the most recognized nightlife companies in San Diego, and have expanded our reach into Los Angeles and Miami.

11.13.2009; Friday was another typical night for us. Prepping for the shoot is not too difficult... making sure my batteries are charged and stuffing several hundred encore cards into my back pocket is pretty much it. Parking in downtown is the biggest hassle, but there are a few tricks of the trade. Park It On Market is always the best bet, and for 7 bucks, you really can't beat it. Often times the parking lot will be at capacity, but by parking your car at the gate on 6th Ave in front of the closed gate will always prompt the attendant to let you pass.

Getting in is usually not a hassle, just showing up at the front door and saying hi to the VIP hosts will do the trick. Introducing your self and telling them you're shooting the event with the promoter shows them you're legit.

Snapped off 120 photos and several Jägerbombs later and I'm done. Back home, at the Batcave ready for hang upside down and get ready for another day.

James Law