Signing at NRG radio within weeks is a far cry from his experience starting out in the media industry. When he was starting out in 2014- 2016, the presenter had to work on probation for over a year before being officially inducted on Television as a host. King Panda, as he calls himself, is a man who has been at zero and isn't afraid of it.
Crysto Panda signs NRG radio contract: How to do it like Panda
Media personality Crysto Panda has officially joined the NRG radio family after a few weeks of being on air with DJ Alisha. He posted the inauguration on his Instagram expressing his gratitude to his mentor "I love this man @radiomaninafrica thank you for sharing your radio experience & knowledge with me 👏🏽 officially part of the @nrgradiouganda family ✍️👏🏽📻Letsss goooooo." In many ways, Crysto Panda's journey in the media is a mentorship program that can offer inspiration and motivation.
Recently at his charity dubbed "Panda Turn Up" the presenter reported that he has seen growth in his event organisation going to 1,000 attendees from zero at his event last year in August. "You won't wake up one day and people show up in big numbers... it takes time...," he said.
Panda has curved out an audience for himself through different entertainment niches. He is a television presenter, a master of ceremonies, a musical artist, an event planner, and a radio presenter. He has built a youthful fanbase with tunes that inspire dancing and memorable catchphrases.
At only 28 years old, Panda has built his brand in the industry and the public eye while maintaining a calm demeanour and optimistic outlook on life. He also carries his personality and life mantra in his name. Crysto is an acronym for "Chances Are Yet Supposed To Be Opened" while he adopted Panda from the song "Panda" by American rapper Desiigner because of its vibe and energy.
Some quotes from Crysto Panda for inspiration and motivation
"It's all about love and confidence in yourself, so I didn't join TV to become famous. "Not many people can be on probation for a year without paying."
"People made fun of me at my first shows, but it wasn't long before they stopped. My only plan was to just go about my business and do my thing, so people would get used to me."
"One of the producers called me late at night and asked me to fill in on The Beat. I asked Abbas Kaijuka, who is my stylist, for a good outfit. I was scared, so I did what I always do before going on air: I got down on my knees and said a little prayer. "Jesus, you know where I came from and where I'm going, so if this is where you want me to be, please make me put on a good show,"
"Since most people know me from TV, I won't quit TV for music, but I will make more music because you can't have a concert with only two songs,"
Handling challenges and tough times
"This competition is great for everyone."
"I call myself the king of the mic, but that doesn't mean (name removed) isn't a king, too. I'm a king in my own way, and he is, too, in his."
"I've been criticized for being the host of the show, but I want people to know that presenting isn't about how old you are, but how well you fit in."
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For those finding a niche
"My life will still be about schools, so I will continue to plan school events and proms and post them on my YouTube channel."
While Nike tells you to "Just Do It", and most times you just have to, it certainly wouldn't hurt to do it like Panda.
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