Doughnut detour didn’t keep him from his true self

Kaitlyn Carr | PNN Contributor

In 2015, Garrett Freeman was just another name on an employee tag at Krispy Kreme.

But that wasn’t who he wanted to be.

Garret was 21 years old and living a comfortable lifestyle. A job that paid all his bills. A job with set hours from 2 a.m. to 12 p.m. But that wasn’t what he wanted.

Garret bought his first DJ controller from a guy off Craigslist. After coming home from work, he would shower and then spend up to eight hours practicing.

When he finally started getting gigs at parties, he would practice, then play at a party from 10 p.m. until he had work at 2 a.m. He changed clothes in the store’s bathroom.

Garret decided that was no longer good enough for him. He decided to quit his job at Krispy Kreme, take a leap of faith, and chase his dream of becoming a DJ.

Initially, doing any gig for free allowed him to prove and make a name for himself.

And now, Garret is known across Eastern North Carolina as DJ Born Finesser.

He’s now who he wants to be.

But on the road to finding himself, there were sacrifices made and consequences paid. Sometimes he didn’t if he could finish paying rent. There were nights without power.

The man now known as Finesser said that making those sacrifices so young is what allows him to be so humble and appreciative today.

He said the amount of energy and effort people put into things makes all the difference in the world. “What you put in is what you’re going to get out. It takes a certain amount of sacrifice to reach a certain amount of reward,” he said.

Finesser salutes Greenville as the birthplace of his success. It is here that doors opened for him to work as a DJ on the ECU campus and at other events.

With his success come higher expectations, but Finesser said it’s all about the experience. Whether he DJs for 30 people or 300, he strives to exceed standards.

He’s now on the path to who and what he wants to be. It’s led, he said, to “The Finesser Effect.” It’s the idea that “there’s always room for improvement,” he said,

“You’re never better than anything you’re perfecting. You may be great but you’ll never be as great as you can be if you stop working,” he said. “It’s even about mastering, but consistently working, seeing and reaching the end goal and then setting another one.”

It’s not just about the DJ’ing, he said: “I wake up knowing that the vision is bigger than me.”

Carr produced this story for her fall 2017 Media Writing & Reporting class.