Why did I leave Missouri State?

I left the Missouri State Pageantry system in January 2017. After four years of loyal service, I felt it was time to step away from this system due to a lack of support and compensation. In 2014, I was booked by the system and was not compensated. The following year rolled around, and I was asked to return; I told them no because I had not been compensated from the previous year.

A colleague gave me compensation from 2014, so I decided to return in 2015 and go to the meet and greet. I gave the head of the pageantry system my price, and they gave me my compensation in advance for 2015. I was thrilled and delivered some fantastic work. In 2016, I was asked to return, and I was treated horribly by several system members when I went to get compensated. The leader of the organization ignored my text messages and phone calls.

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I decided enough and told the system I would not be returning for future events. The system members started bashing me on the internet, saying I was a horrible photographer and that I should have been lucky to cover their system. I must have been insulted by at least ten people, and another system fired me because I was not returning due to not being compensated.

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The following week leaders from both organizations would come to my show at a local venue and try to get entertainers not to perform in my show; I can recall having to kick both of them out of our dressing room because they were screaming and yelling at me and the cast backstage. A performer booked House of Chuck Magazine to cover a pageantry system in 2021, this was the first time I had covered a pageant in years, and the moment I arrived, I was verbally insulted by the host for even being there. I was told by a few performers that they were trying to get me kicked out of an event even though an entertainer paid for my entry fee and my booking fee for my services.

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This is how the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community treats its staff; the only thing I wanted to do was get paid for my services; this was the end result of many years of loyal service. It was not long after that I decided that it was time to move House of Chuck Magazine in a different direction. Since then, House of Chuck Magazine has grown into a production company and media outlet that creates groundbreaking productions each year, and we still cover events. I do not think bad on anyone; I would expect a little professionalism considering that I still have not been compensated for my services.

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House of Chuck Magazine hopes that they learn from their mistakes are start taking better care of their people when it comes to compensating their cast and crew. Loyalty is an asset that does not hold its value in St. Louis.

Written by

Editor and Chief 

Chuck Pfoutz

House of Chuck Magazine - WWW.HOCM365.COM

Published on March 18th, 2022

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