we are asking a few of our previous competitors their thoughts on the subject.
This episode brings you Left Coast Money
(or if you're street like we are, LC$) aka Ben Heiney.
Pictured below in a specially stickered ice cream hat
to go with his specially rockin' "Ice Cream Man" routine.
What the picture doesn't show is that most of the crowd AND judges got to wear their own matching hats gifted by Left Coast's air groupies...
Now THAT is SO money.
I’m from the west and I’m so money, so I just came up with the name. It’s not the traditional play on words of most air guitar names but it pays homage to my region. I’ve been playing air guitar my entire life and I watched the movie Air Guitar Nation with my wife and told her that I could win that thing. The next year a regional came to Portland and I signed up.
What is it about air guitar that makes you want to do it competitively year after year?
When I first started competing I really wanted to win and was disappointed with my results. My friends and family have been huge supporters and it’s now become a big event on our social calendar. It’s a huge rush for me to compete. I’m not worried about the results any longer; I choose my song and performance based on what I want to do now rather than focusing on the scoring outcome.
Is there a difference between your air persona and your real-life persona? If so, please describe.
The LC$ persona is completely different than what I project on a regular basis. Most people are shocked when they discover that I have competed (multiple times) in air guitar. Once you get to know me however, the LC$ persona becomes very apparent.
Do you have any advice to anyone who is thinking about competing, if so what would it be?
Disregard any shyness or inhibitions and go for it. Don’t focus on the scores or the judges. Develop a song and routine that you like, own the stage and have fun. The crowd will be overwhelmingly supportive.
If you only had one word to describe the feeling you get right before you start your competitive routine, what would that word be?