Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Here's the Dinner Group:
If you have been following my blog, you probably recognize Ray Thompson of Images by Lighting (on the right). On the Left is Pheadra, then Marney. These ladies are SOOO great and have become two very good friends of mine! Marney is a football fan from Texas and both of them LOVE country music, ohhh and we all share a bond of Starbucks too. The are busy ladies working at the lighting company as well as cheerleading sponsors at the local high school in their town. You may recognize them too from the HBO Post Emmy Party pictures. It's always a good time with these two!
CHEERS for me being Images' First Intern!!!!
The first part of October was extremely busy. My internship ended when September was over. I had a day break then...
2-6 I traveled east to Pittsburgh for an event with AOO Events
The event ran on the 6th, but I was on a plane after rehearsal to LA, to work an event the 7 & 8 for TFS Studio.
The rest of the month was unknown :) Stay tuned to see the FABULOUS events that I worked on and how I enjoyed my time in LA!!!!
Corporate Events: Design and Production = AOO EVENTS http://www.aooevents.com
Event Lighting Designers: Ray Thompson + Curt Stahl = IMAGES BY LIGHTING http://www.imagesbylighting.com
Social Events and Floral = TFS STUDIO + The Flower Shop http://www.tfsstudio.com
Of Course : ) Bet you wouldn't figure that out. However, I also met many vendors over the course of my internship, that offered me various advice. They include....
Justin Howard- Flaming Flowers
Gai Class- Gai Class Productions
Colin Cowie Lifestyle
Linda Howard- Linda Howard Productions
Stacey Poras- Stacey Poras Productions
Yifat Oren and Associates
Sarah Lowy (who's a Kappa from UCLA by the way)- Jowy Productions
Mindy Weiss - Mindy Weiss Party Consultants
My favorite on-site meeting: located in the President's Office of West Coast Music looking over Los Angeles.
First Event On-site: A famous TALL Basketball players residence : )
Favorite Memories: Every single day- at least one was made!!! Seriously, I'm telling the truth!
A few venues I worked at over August and September included:
Many residence's homes
Beverly Hills Hotel
Los Angeles Convention Center
Hillcrest Country Club
Four Seasons- Los Angeles
The London Hotel
Pelican Hill Resort
Every meeting, venue, person I met, I learned from! The internship absolutely met the purpose I started with: to get my "feet wet" in the industry. Trust me, I achieved that purpose far beyond my expectation, thanks to the companies I learned from!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Let's just say that I am a HUGE-HUGE-HUGE fan of shared internships after August and September. Those two months are two that I will treasure and remember FOREVER! I am still amazed I had the opportunity to do half the things I actually did! It was a "first" for all three of the companies to share an intern, hopefully I made a good impression.
Here is an overview of my Internship with AOO Events owned by David Merrell, Images By Lighting owned by Ray Thompson, and TFS Studio owned by Clifford Miller.
Over of 400+ Hours (412.5 to be exact, not that I kept up with it lol ) of administrative, on-site, and marketing experience with three industry leaders. This includes pretty much everything from hands-on activities including: making floral arrangements and boutonnieres, "gelling" par 46 uplights around a ballroom, making table arrangements come to life, cutting & tearing linens to make table runners, and sooo much more! Other tasks included: marketing promotions, assisting in RFPs, office projects, running errands, and helping out wherever was needed. In the event industry every day is different, which I absolutely love!!!
I got to witness first hand how three companies, all in the same industry but very different, are run. I was able to shadow owners to client meetings, vendor meetings, and corporate meetings all the while meeting professionals in the industry. A shared internship was a "no-brainier" for me to accept. I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to learn SOOOOO much from these companies.
The main ingredient in a shared internship program is flexibility. I was lucky that all 3 of the owners were friends and agreed to be flexible with every one's time. I in turn had to be extremely flexible, but for my own benefit. I had direct contacts at each company (Mark, Pheadra, and Brandon) who worked with me and my schedule. They wanted me gain the most from my internship therefore switched days around depending on certain events (Ex. Prime time Emmy Gov. Ball Press Preview). They all had my best interest at heart-which meant the world to me. Thank you all so much for everything you did!!!
Through work and events, I saw tons of sites and meet lots of people. My next post will talk about a few of them....
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Here is a picture of Mark Sheldon and I. Mark is the VP of Operations at AOO and was the "ring-leader" in getting my internship planned! He is such a great person! Thank you for everything Mark!
Pictured here is Dave Merrell, President and Founder of AOO events with me. Dave is a tremendous leader in the event industry and I enjoyed getting to know him better while we were in Pittsburgh, PA (more to come on that later). He is a busy guy with designing events and attending speaking engagements across the country, so I was thrilled he was in the office on my last "intern" day! Always a pleasure working with you Dave!
Where's Nick? He didn't make any pictures but he is another favorite at AOO! (Hi Lover.. if you're reading this)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I even got these for free...
Lol... Oh and by the end of the night me and the security guard= Best friends! I know who to call if I need protection : )
Monday, October 19, 2009
Such a fun night out on the town! A great dinner at Wabi Sabi followed by Happy Days!
This post is one that is not related to my internship but one I felt important to write. My lovely grandmother, Meemaw, sent me a card and a newspaper clipping the other day. The newspaper article was one that I felt everyone should read. It simply stated: How to Fail.
This article was written by James Jackowski. You can read the entire article at http://www.vivaconsulting.com/counselling/howtofail.html
"You will fail if you are inconsiderate of others. So many people think the world was created just for them, and they disregard the feelings of others. We must share the space on this planet with each other.
You will fail if you think anybody owes you anything because of your education. The only ones who are owed anything are those whose victories and defeats paved the way for all the opportunities available to you now. Among those might be your grandparents and great grandparents now living in nursing homes.
You will fail if you start your business life looking for a job that suits you. You must suit the job. Applying for any kind of work in a T-shirt and jeans will further enhance your chance for failure.
You will fail if you climb a corporate ladder by stepping on people. As the saying goes, “You will meet the same people when you are on your way down.”You will fail if you are intolerant of individuals with strange-sounding names and different-couloured skin. Remember, you are just as different to them.
You will fail if you do not try to right a wrong whenever possible. You will fail if you see abuse and do not speak out against it. You will fail if you see corruption and do not fight it. You will fail if you suffer bad politicians and yet do not vote.
You will experience the biggest failure of all if you believe the romantic notion that “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”. Anyone who has lived long enough to retire will tell you that love means just the opposite. Love means being able to say you are sorry and mean it."
This article is SO true and has many life lessons attached. Hope you enjoyed this post...more about the last days of my internship are coming your way!!
Here is the rooftop at the London Hotel in Hollywood...The view was amazing.... The glass shield didn't really work well with my camera (sorry). This is a view towards Beverly Hills...then below is a view of central Los Angeles. A little FYI: The Blue and Green buildings is the PDC (Pacific Design Center) where the HBO Party(see past posts) was held!!!
Hope Everyone has a wonderful week!!!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Curt and I at the HBO party!!! Thank you AGAIN, I had an absolute blast!!!
Sunday Recap: This day definitely topped one of the most exciting days of my life!!! It was so funny on my way home from this party I was thinking "who in a million years thought I would attend events with all of the winners of the Emmy's, and some of my favorite actresses and actors...Not I!" I was so honored to be able to attend and work (yes I did work most of the day) with Images By Lighting. The lighting was fantastic at both parties! Check out there website http://www.imagesbylighting.com to learn more about them! They work at events all across the country! LOVE THEM!!!
Friday, October 16, 2009
The "red" lights that were painted just for this event!!!! Of course to blend in with the red tent and all....Behind the scenes...The middle "stage area's" main platform lowered and raised each time the band switched...
Lights go down on the red carpet VIP entrance.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
After set-up was complete, all of the lighting crew changed and got ready for the event to start. Here is Ray and I in front of the main stage. A closer look at the stage, with some amazing lighting if I do say so myself : ) View of the stage from the tech. booth!
It really was so much fun seeing this event come to life. I stayed at the Governors Ball until about 10pm then headed to another event by Images By Lighting. Check in tomorrow to hear all about the HBO Post Emmy Party!!! Once again, I might just go into depression once my internship is over. lol
Such a fun "First" Dodger game to go to! I'm sure I will make it to some more : ) Ohh and YES I did have a "Dodger Dog!"