There is no doubt that the entertainment industry is physically and emotionally demanding. Long days and nights of work yet there is hardly any time to rest. As such, many personalities in the industry turn to alcohol, smoking, and drugs to deal with the pressure.
One of those that have battled the problem silently is Diana Deedan Muyira, an events MC and radio personality, popularly known as Miss Deedan. Speaking to youth at the Rotaract Club of Kampala South last Thursday, Deedan said she had a long battle with smoking, which she successfully quit last year.
Deedan narrated that she took up smoking after she slipped into a depression.
“One night out with friends at a certain bar, I passed out and fell flat in the midst of many important people. It is then that I began to rethink my life and began to slowly let go of the habit,” she said.
She added that addiction is real in the entertainment industry and that many of her colleagues are struggling with the same.
“The events world is full of competition, people competing among themselves instead of working together which would be a good way to grow the industry,” she said.
But as popular orators say, setbacks are only challenges in disguise. Deedan has used her setbacks as an opportunity to get back up on her feet.
She spoke about her journey in the events world as a whole, inspiring the audience with notes on being professional in their business or side hustles by keeping time, being open, learning from the mistakes and keeping an open mind and loving what they do.
“I got to the industry late, 6 years ago, but that when you get that opportunity just start running immediately and don’t stop.”
Deedan has been the official host for Blankets and Wine since its inception in 2014. She has expanded her portfolio to events such as Tokosa Food festival, Kampala Restaurant Awards, among others. She is also a talk show host at Radio City