I found my calling during college. While touring the campus for orientation I went to meet people in this ‘office’. There was a disco ball hanging from the ceiling, a giant inflatable Godzilla and movie posters covering the walls. They talked about hosting bands and lectures and Comedy Nights. They talked about a carnival called Spring Fling held on the baseball field.
I knew I had found my people.
I started as the Advertising Assistant, using large rolls paper and paints with foam brushes. I put flyers on the windshields of cars in the parking lot. I dressed up as Debbie Gibson for the Halloween Mixer, drank the equivalent of a six pack of beer (something I have no desire or need to do since) and smacked my head on the towel dispenser in the ladies room.
I graduated to the Advertising Chair, then the Treasurer and finally the Chairman I mean…woman...person. And then I went off into the real world where events are more like meetings but still seemed like fun.
There are things I really love about my chosen profession. I love the organization of it – that things have a beginning, middle and an end. When an event or meeting is over I move on to something new. I can see the finished product right in front of my eyes, happening in real time. It’s not some leather bound presentation or balance sheet. It’s living and breathing and I love it.
I traveled some great places because of work, to places like Argentina and Costa Rica, Lisbon and Hawaii. I helped plan a party for 300 kids with a Willy Wonka theme. I planned almost 80 proms in the span of two months.
I love things like place settings and linens, draping and lighting. I notice details like font on a menu or how many bartenders you should really have for a party with 200 people.
I am a nightmare wedding guest.
Right now I’m doing a lot of Virtual Meetings – and though lighting and draping still come into play it’s much more administrative and not nearly as exciting or creative. I still wish I could plan things for someplace like The Food Network but I know the headaches that come with that.
I’ll still dream of planning the Governor’s Ball at the Oscars but I’ll live. :)
Yesterday I spent the day in Event Planner heaven – better known as BizBash.
I was surrounded by place settings and unique venues and Lady Gaga.
You would think a Lady Gaga impersonator would be the weirdest thing you’d see. But you’d be wrong. There was this guy…
And a walking table….
A butterfly blowing bubbles…
And a woman playing a violin in one.
I don’t know who would ever want this but there you go. :)
Here are some yummy bites and pretty pictures from the conference.
Some fun stuff…
Pretty furniture for rent and some fantastic table settings…
Makes you want to go to a party right??? Me too but guess what? The planner never has as good a time as any of the guests. :)
I’m about to go get on a bus and party at trivia.
See you in a bit!