Attending events as a child, I’d always like to go were I shouldn’t. Wonder around the corridors, peek into ball rooms, feel inferior to other people just visiting. There was something about being a part of something big and important that made me happy. I am also really nerdy about organisation, stationary, details with decor. . . a perfectionist when it comes to doing things for others. Looking back, it makes so much sense to me now that I would work in events.
I remember sitting in interviews for events internships and being asked the same question, why events? The interviewer would be looking at my CV, at my seven years previous experience and qualifications in childcare, and genuinely look puzzled.
At some point through my previous Nanny job I realised that I needed to change careers. Being a Nanny was a wonderful position to hold. It gave me so much more than I could have dreamed of. But, I grew up. I needed more. I started to think what I could do that would tick all the boxes for me, not only financially, but intellectually. I want something I can start early in the morning and finish late at night, and at weekends, and when I’m not being paid, that will make me happy. I want all of that.
In 2018 I had the best year events wise. I went to festivals, holidays, parties and pop ups. And even now, I just remember being at them and being at my happiest. Surrounding myself with life and happiness, and connecting with people on a level I might not have if I hadn’t gone to that particular event. I think that’s what I find addictive about events. It connects people. Family gatherings can be a way for families to come back together after time has made them distant. Baby showers celebrate new life. Festivals break down barriers and let go, offer them a space to be who they may hide in public. Music festivals connect people through memories and deep emotions. Weddings. . . celebrating love and life! I have goosebumps thinking about it all now. Yes a party can just be a party. But it can be so much more if you let it. And that’s what I want to create through the events I produce. You will get unforgettable memories, connection, fun, laughter, love. On a very deep level, I believe that’s all we want, connection. It’s what we crave as human beings.
After completing work experience and a three month internship in August last year, I made the bold decision to go self-employed. Being in London, I am in a the middle of the competitive and fast moving events industry. It is both exciting and overwhelming. I am learning all the time, about everything. I have realised every single person is a networking opportunity. Every advert for a job could be a learning opportunity. I am learning about marketing and business and finances, and very quickly learning how creative I actually am. I always used to say I wasn’t because I couldn’t do art as well as my mum and sisters. . . turns out creativity isn’t just about drawing and making crafts. Who knew?!
Sometimes I feel like an ant in the middle of Trafalgar Square. But if you dress up as an elephant, and walk like one, people will soon start believing you are one. Being confident, even if you don’t know what you’re doing, is a skill I urge you to acquire if you are thinking of starting something new. This applies to anything! You will learn how to do something by trying it again and again. You will not learn, ever, if you try and fail, and then give up. Just start and work it out as you go. Find something that makes your heart sing. Do something that makes it almost so difficult for you to explain, because they’re just aren’t words for how happy it makes you. Try new things and you will not only learn more about who you are, but also about what you are capable of and what gifts you have to offer the world.
So, even after taking the shaky, tentative step to branch out on my own, I can now confidently say, I am well on my way to being the best damn elephant in the zoo.
If you have a feeling inside, a little voice that is calling to you, telling you to try something, you don’t need a reason, you don’t need to explain. Just follow it and see where it can take you.