1. Let’s cut straight to the chase – what makes you great at what you do?
I’m very organised, very creative – and I like to think I’m a good relationship builder (!). I’m a bit off the wall which is a must when you work in events – you need to be a moving carpet and find creative solutions to the myriad of unexpected problems that arise.
2. Are there any personality traits you reckon are a must have for someone working in events?
100%. You have to be:
3. Events are stressful, fact. How have you lasted in the industry for 10 years?
Cigarettes, alcohol and a helluva stamina! Seriously though, the only thing that can make you work in this industry is passion. I love what I do. I’ve also been fortunate enough to work with some truly amazing, inspirational people. I’ve had a few mentors along the way who I’ve learned a lot from and will be eternally grateful to.
4. What are your top three tips for de-risking those inevitable last minute hiccups?
1. Always have a plan C, D and E
2. Don’t take anything as gospel first time. Triple-check everything.
3. Accept you sometimes can’t avoid these, you’re just going to have to deal with them and remain positive.
5. How is next week’s The Chance Encounter different from any of the other events you’ve ever worked on?
Firstly, I’ve never produced an event to celebrate the launch of an entirely new way of living – which in turn means it’s one of the most creative and entrepreneurial events that I’ve done to date. It’s also probably one of the most complex events I’ve organised as it there are so many different elements to it, so a lot of ball juggling and liaising with all the different partners.
6. Because of the nature of your job do you find yourself getting asked to organise all your friends’ events?
Absolutely. But I have such a passion for events that I actually quite like it – I’ve organised everything from friend’s hen parties to surprise birthdays to holidays.
7. Where/how do you get your inspiration from when coming up with the creative concept/theme for an event?
Nowhere concrete – I’ll usually just take the brief sit in a room and let my imagination run free. The more events I do and attend the more inspiration I gain and store for the future.
8. In the aftermath of a big event, what do you do to unwind?
Go on holiday or go to a spa. But of course that’s after I’ve gone to bed and slept for three days.
9. Describe your dream holiday in a sentence?
Alone in Bali for a month making the most of the outdoors and those chance encounters, with some spirituality thrown into the mix.
10. One mantra you live by?
Life is a journey, not a destination.