BRANDING

Brand Awareness: Dave Silva, from Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard

I first “met” Dave in probably the most unconventional way you could meet someone.  In fact, now that I think about it, I didn’t actually meet “Dave Silva”, I actually met a guy that went by the name of “Dirty South Texas”.  He’s pictured below …

DST
Yes, that’s Dave.

Dirty South Texas was a contestant on The Rock’s YouTube Promo Contest, #ROCKTHEPROMO.   Yes, that Rock … The Rock, Dwayne Johnson.  Coincidentally, I was also a contestant on the show, and my character “The Vacation” just so happened to be in the same bracket as this Dirty South Texas (DST) character.   Now I’m not gonna sit here and lie, I was LEGIT convinced after watching DST’s promo that I was destined to face him in the 2nd round.  My brother and I even spent the night looking up clips from his YouTube channel to study the inevitable competition.  Admittedly, I was worried, because this dude had a look, charisma and could cut a pretty ferocious promo with intensity and conviction through the roof.  However …. shockingly enough, when I got the email with the 2nd round breakdown, DST was no where to be found.  He was eliminated.  I was blown away to say the least.

Here’s DST’s promo:

After I was eliminated by the same guy in the 2nd round, I reached out to “DST” just to say what’s up and introduce myself.  It was in that Twitter DM that I met the man behind the afro and raspy voice, Dave Silva. Dave was a super nice guy, which is probably the understatement of the century.  I subscribed to his YouTube Channel instantly and watched some of his stuff.  The guy is a wildly talented entertainer.  He actually portrays a number of characters and puts top notch presentation into all of them.  It’s quite inspiring to be honest.  His work actually inspired me to start pursing some creative outlets myself, hence, working on the side for Barstool Sports’ Wrestling Podcast, From The Top Rope and now, creating my own website.

So it didn’t surprise me when I noticed that Dave was interacting a ton with the hottest growing podcast in the wrestling world, Something To Wrestle With … (pause) … Bruce Prichard.  As it turns out, I believe Dave was doing some sketch and graphics work with their product just for shits and giggles when Bruce and/or Conrad took notice.  From there, Dave became essentially “the 3rd guy”, as his name was routinely mentioned on their podcast week over week.   Dave was also there to film what I believe was their first live show (which I attended) in Orlando during WrestleMania 33 weekend.   I saw Dave after the show and gave him a big hug.  The dude can light up a room.

Despite all his new found success, he’s still the most humble guy you’ll meet.  He’s a family man first and also takes great pride in his real life job of which he describes in his Twitter profile as a “news man”.  I also can say confidently that in the age of “social media celebrities” where everyone is searching for quick fame, Dave Silva is the outlier.  He’s not a guy who chases fame, he’s just a man who loves life,  loves what he does and is passionate about it.  In my opinion, he’s so deserving of the chance to work with guys like Bruce and Conrad.  He deserves everything he’s earned.  He’s an example for anyone out there who has a passion and the work ethic to pursue it, even if the payoff isn’t there immediately.  Luckily for us, Something To Wrestle With has provided us the chance to know who Dave Silva is … but I don’t think it’s done quite enough to showcase one of their secret weapons and because of this, I put together a quick Q&A for everyone to get to know the man behind the Doot! Doot! Doot! and the greatest IDEAL in the history of podcasting.  Without further ado, check out my Q&A with Dave below …

Hey Dave, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions!  The first one I’m going to kick off with is simple, how and when did you develop of love of professional wrestling?

My love for professional wrestling started at a very young age. I remember watching WTBS with my grandparents and being mesmerized by the flamboyant action in the ring.

People would die for the chance to work with Bruce and Conrad, but it seems like you got in at the ground level when Something To Wrestle With just started to pick up steam.  Can you you let us know how you ended up getting noticed?

Conrad gets all the credit for this one. I DM’d him on Twitter with a silly graphic of the Gobbledy Gooker wearing the “Not A Rib” t-shirt (available at bruceprichard.com) and he really liked it. So I started sending him work and before I knew it I was creating graphics for the Ric Flair Show and Something To Wrestle With.

Speaking of Bruce and Conrad, what exactly do you do for them?  The majority of the audience knows you’re the “Graphics” guy, but is there anything else you cover?

Social Media Contributor
Dirty Dozen Coordinator
LIVE Show Advertising Graphic Designer
LIVE Show VIP Experience Coordinator
LIVE Show Videographer
Live Show Audio Operator
Stage Manager/ Prop Master
Merchandise Table Oversight
I might of forgotten something, but you get the gist. 😉

Wow! That’s actually a TON of work, but I can’t say I’m surprised.  From what I’ve seen of you, you’ve always seemed to have a love for creating content.  And not just for other people, but yourself as well, of which I assume helped you get to where you are today.  With that said, do you have any advice for people out there who are content creators and maybe struggling to get their stuff noticed?

1. Stay positive …. no one likes to be around negativity.
2. Be willing to volunteer your talents …. it will be noticed and rewarded
3. Spend a little cash to make your product better.  I started by shooting all my video and creating graphics on my phone. I knew if I wanted to advance my craft I’d need to kick it up some.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done since becoming a part of Something To Wrestle With?

I’ve been able to travel the country, meet tons of great people, and make some memories with two of my best friends.

Do you have a favorite episode and why?

I was a WCW kid growing up, so it will always be our 1st episode on Dusty Rhodes.

Who have you met through this where you took a second and asked yourself “How did I end up here? …. I can’t believe this is my life”

Spending time in a car with Bruce and Jim Cornette was pretty freaking amazing. I can’t remember when I laughed so hard … those two guys together is gold.

Any funny Bruce and Conrad stories/moments you can share?

The time that comes to mind is when Bruce upgraded me to first class. Now this was the first time I had ever been among the elite, so I was giddy! Bruce moved over next to me with his full cup of Diet Coke. I was getting situated and turned to tell him something and spilled that whole cup all over his lap. Needless to say Bruce wasn’t a happy camper. The rest of the flight was a blast…..for me….I had dry pants. Hahahaha

For my last question,  I want to leave the readers with some advice and I feel you’re a great guy to be giving some …

Personally, I think a big part of being successful is finding balance.  Not everyone in life is going to be The Rock, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pursue what makes you happy.  How do you personally find the time and balance to have side projects, a family and a full time job?  What’s your secret?

I know this might come across as sappy, but my secret is always finding the silver lining in every situation. No matter what project I’m involved in I always put my family first. If that means I’m up till 3AM just to turn around and start my real job at 6AM so be it. Giving my wife and kids time, laughter and love is the most important thing I can ever give them, and in turn they allow me the freedom to live my dream.

Thanks, Dave for taking the time.  I really appreciate it!

If you’re not blown away by Dave’s work ethic by now, he also handles the graphics for What Happened When with Tony Schiavone, 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff.  As for upcoming events, he has the Starrcast event coming up on Labor Day weekend in Chicago.  If you have the chance, check it out!

Dave Silva can be found on Twitter @dgsilva1975 

Lastly … doot! doot! doot!…. Make sure to rate, review, download and subscribe to Something To Wrestle With!  I’m pretty sure it’s available everywhere … it’s freaken SUPER OVER!

 

 

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