We had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Blakely and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Leah, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?

After attending many local karaoke shows in DFW, my partner and I decided we wanted to start up our own karaoke business to address some of the things we disliked about other shows. One of the major problems with karaoke is the fact that the host often plays favorites, or doesn’t manage a fair singing rotation. I’ve been to shows where I arrived before the host, and signed up to sing immediately, and still had to wait over an hour to sing because he lets all his friends, or people who pay money, jump to the front of the line. We also have a policy where if there are more than 9 people singing, the host does not sing. Over the last 13 years, our fans enjoy our style of karaoke, and we have a very loyal following. Our main motivation for starting our own business was fairness to our customers, and providing the best karaoke experience we can.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

I left the corporate world back in 2008 and started my own business. After constantly hearing “when are you getting a real job?” for years, the success of my business spoke for itself. Our philosophy of making the singer come first, and total fairness for all singers made us a few enemies along the way. Other karaoke hosts were spreading rumors and lies about our company and employees, but our loyal customers love what we do and they are the reason we have been so successful. Our goal is to have the best equipment, the best sound, the best selection of music, the fairest karaoke experience, and the happiest clients!  Our newest venture is Speed Trivia. We are currently hosting trivia on Monday nights, with the hope of adding more to our schedule. We also do private karaoke parties & trivia parties as well.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

Dallas World Aquarium Ft. Worth Stockyards
Hard 8 BBQ
Perot Museum and / or Museum of Illusions
6th floor Museum
Seaquest Ft. Worth
Party on Lower Greenville

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I give my shoutout to Kerry Shatzer & Robert Foley of Off-Key Karaoke! I discovered karaoke completely by accident, and sang my very first songs with them back in 2005. Eventually, they taught me the basics and my own karaoke career started shortly after that!

Website: www.totallytwistedkaraoke.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TTKaraoke

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