Have you ever gone through the trouble of looking for entertainment for a party or event? How about looking for suitable entertainment for a company party? Trust me, it’s something that’s hard to do and it can `become a headache to do. Kristopher Jones and Damon Wayans Jr. have created an app to help you with all your entertainment needs. Kristopher Jones is a world renowned app builder and was featured on Apple’s Planet of the Apps especially on episode 4. Damon Wayans Jr. is the son of the legendary actor and comedian, Damon Wayans from the great Wayans Family. When you combine one of the best app builders with entertainment royalty, you get Special Guest. What exactly does the Special Guest app can do for you and how does it work?
Damon Wayans Jr. Explains
The talents will build their own profiles to explain their talents. They will upload their bio, which will also have pictures and videos of their act. If you’re wanting to know more about the act, connect with them on Twitter and Instagram. If you’re seriously considering the performer, you can communicate with them to let them know what your expectations are. To check out their previous work, check out the ratings from other people left on their profile. With the Special Guest app, you can do all of that and even make payment for services also. The service isn’t relegated to comedians, but also musicians and special acts like fire blowers or magicians. The Special Guest app features the world’s best Obama impersonator in Reggie Brown from Chicago. For parents with little kids, you can find people to do their parties and do stuff like face painting.
Honestly, there’s a lot of great, undiscovered talent that just hasn’t been discovered. We also have a lot of talent that has been discovered, but you have to go through their agents. When you have to deal with agents, that means you’re going to be paying more money. Special Guest App allows anyone to hire talent as well as giving newcomers a shot at scoring gigs. Last year, the app raised more than $1.5 million in venture capital, with plans to open in Atlanta, Austin and Nashville in upcoming months. Many entertainers are out there grinding and doing gigs for free with the hopes of getting their big break. Special Guest have already added many talents that appeared on American Idol.
Are you someone that have a challenging time looking for talent for gigs? What are your thoughts about the Special Guest app? Leave a comment below. Check out these five questions that I had to ask CEO Kristopher Jones and he was kind enough to respond.
1. How long did it take to create the app?
The first iteration of the app took about 6 months, but in truth we’ve never stopped building the app. The way we do it is we continually get feedback from our talent and talent buyers (like bars, restaurants, clubs) and incorporate that feedback into development of the app.
2. Will you be creating another app similar to Special Guest?
No plans to build another app like Special Guest. We’ve spent well over $1,000,000 building Special Guest so it’s best that we stay focused on making it the best it can be.
3. Are there any other apps we should be on the lookout from you in the future?
I have several popular apps, such as iFart, ReferLocal, and French Girls App. I also build mobile apps via APPEK Mobile Apps and market them through LSEO.com! So I have my hands full!
4. What was it like working with Damon Wayans Jr?
Damon and I have become great friends! He’s very committed to building Special Guest into the World’s largest marketplace to book LIVE talent and he’s always pushing out team to be the best they can be. Damon is always full of laughs. For instance, when we were both taping Apple’s Planet of the Apps he had Will.i.am and I laughing all the time. I remember once we were all meeting up in Will’s studio and as Damon and I were leaving he fake fell on the ground and had both of us LOL’ing.
5. For those interested in building apps, what advice do you have for them?
So there’s a big difference between building an app (requires you to learn how to code) and having someone build an app for you. In terms of becoming a mobile app developer there’s a lot of books one can read, but ultimately the best way to learn how to build an app is to learn how to code and just start practicing. If you simply want to build an app (i.e. take an idea and bring it to reality) there are dozens of app agencies around the country. My app company provides a free app calculator so you can see how much an app costs.