Episode 345 THE NEXT LEVEL: LIVE EVENTS COALITION – The Latest Efforts

Today’s episode with various members of the LEC, which stands for Live Event Coalition, in order to discuss the mission of the organization, what’s in the latest relief bill, what is being worked on for the upcoming May recovery bill, what the organization advocates for, and how we can support it.

Guests include:
Dwayne Thomas – Chairperson for Government Affairs, Live Events Coalition and President Live Events Industry of Oregon and his company is Greenlight Creative.

John Garberson – Creative Director of Backstage  and President of the AZ Chapter of the Live Event Coalition.
Kelsey Morgan Rausch – Handles marketing for the AZ chapter of the LEC and is co-owner of Honeybee Events.

-Check out site of the LEC and of our guests:

LEC can be found at liveeventscoalition.org 
Dwayne Thomas’s company is Greenlight Creative, which you can find at greenlight-creative.com
John Garberson’s company is Creative Backstage which you can find at creativebackstage.com
Kelsey Rausch’s is Honeybee EVents found at myhoneybeeevent.com

Episode 344 TARA FAY & BRUCE RUSSELL – Staying Positive, Looking Forward and Giving Back

Listen as Andy and his guests, Tara Fay and Bruce Russell, discuss how they have handled the past year both personally and professionally, what they see happening in 2021, and the new online business they launched, plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Tara is the owner of Tara Fay Events, based in Dublin, Ireland. She has produced some of the most high-profile events and weddings in Ireland, Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean. Tara has won several event industry awards, was previously voted Ireland’s Premier Wedding Planner by Social and Personal Magazine, and is a sought-after speaker at wedding events and lectures students on wedding and event planning. Tara was the co-star of RTE Ireland’s TV production of My Big Day: Home or Away, along with Bruce Russell. 

Bruce is the owner and managing director of By Bruce Russell, based in London. He is a planner, designer and coordinates wedding parties and other events around the globe. He was awarded Best Wedding Planner by Belle International Bridal Awards and has been featured in numerous International Publications. His TV appearances include his co-star role with Tara in RTE Ireland’s production of My Big Day: Home or Away.

Bruce and Tara discuss what they learned through the pandemic about themselves and their businesses and the changes they hope to carry over post-pandemic. They share the new business they started and why they took the year to refine their offering to make sure it was the best it could be before launching it. They also speak about the time they took to give back to the industry and give couples advice and tips on planning their dream wedding. 

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

 

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Show Highlights:

[03:13] Welcome back to the show, Tara and Bruce!

[04:02] Bruce shares how they are doing personally after this last year of the pandemic.

[05:43] Tara speaks about learning a lot about herself during the past year and that she has to stay busy.

[08:45] Bruce discusses where he is in his business right now and how the future looks.

[11:11] Tara talks about being open and honest with her clients and letting them know she would be by their side.

[14:03] Did either of you pivot or transition anything in your businesses?

[15:39] Tara shares what she will do differently as we advance post-pandemic.

[17:50] Bruce talks about refining the new business they had been discussing.

[19:15] They wanted to remain positive and give back to the industry.

[20:06] Tara discusses what she believes will happen in the industry in the future.

[21:08] Bruce speaks about what is happening with their TV show, Bruce and Tara live, and the other things they have in the works.

[22:34] Tara shares the series of videos, books, and templates for couples with checklists to help them plan their weddings.

[24:49] Thank you both for being on the show!

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Tara:

Tara Fay

Tara Fay episode 226 on The Wedding Biz

@tarafayevents

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Find Bruce:

Bruce Russell

Bruce Russell episode 224 on The Wedding Biz

@bybrucerussell

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YouTube

 

Find Tara & Bruce Together:

Bruce and Tara Live

@bruceandtaralive

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Episode 343 THE NEXT LEVEL: Sean Low Discusses BENTLEY MEEKER – Lighting Design That Speaks on a Physiological and Spiritual Level

“Light creates the environment, the environment creates the mood, and the mood creates the experience.” – Bentley Meeker
Today’s guest co-host, to discuss Bentley Meeker’s interview from Monday, is Sean Low. Sean’s consulting firm, The Business of Being Creative is focused on providing practical advice to those in the business of being creative. Sean’s client list includes the who’s who of the wedding industry and design community. And Sean has a podcast on The Wedding Biz Network, called The Business of Being Creative  as well as a wonderful blog at thebusinessofbeingcreative.com

Bentley is a New York City-based contemporary artist and lighting designer. He is the President of his own company Bentley Meeker Lighting and Staging Inc., specializing in lighting, audio-video staging, and rigging. A brief listing of his notable clients includes White House State Dinners, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Claudia Schiffer, Eddie Murphy, Heidi Klum, Martha Stewart, and the Sex in the City cast. Some musical acts he’s worked with include Beyonce, Jay Z, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, and many more.

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RESOURCES

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Sean Low, Founder and President of The Business of Being Creative LLC.

Sean Low Episode 41 on The Wedding Biz

Sean Low Episode 248 on The Wedding Biz

The Business of Being Creative LLC

Email Sean: sean@thebusinessofbeingcreative.com

Sean:@seanlow1

Twitter | Instagram 

 

Find Bentley:

Bentley Meeker

@bentleymeeker

Instagram

@bentley.meeker

Facebook

 

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Episode 342 BENTLEY MEEKER – Lighting Design That Speaks on a Physiological and Spiritual Level

“Light creates the environment, the environment creates the mood, and the mood creates the experience.” Listen as Andy and his guest Bentley Meeker have a discussion about light that Andy guarantees you have never heard before, plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Bentley is a New York City-based contemporary artist and lighting designer. He is the President of his own company Bentley Meeker Lighting and Staging Inc., specializing in lighting, audio-video staging, and rigging. A brief listing of his notable clients includes White House State Dinners, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Claudia Schiffer, Eddie Murphy, Heidi Klum, Martha Stewart, and the Sex in the City cast. Some musical acts he’s worked with include Beyonce, Jay Z, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, and many more.  

Bentley shares why he is trying to get people to realize how underutilized light is in life and shares the different types of light available and what he prefers to work with. Bentley speaks about the kinds of lighting he has in his home and why and why he will never put someone under LED or fluorescent lights.

Bentley discusses his cardinal rule that if anyone is going to be sitting in a space for more than twenty minutes, he will always use incandescent light. Bentley believes that light affects us on the physiological and spiritual level, and the lighting in the room affects the day a person is having and how they feel.

Listen as Bentley speaks about the relationship between lighting and audio and why they decided to start doing video. Bentley also shares his journey from getting kicked out of high school at age fourteen to where he is today and everything that happened to him along the way.

Bentley says that his vision going forward is to find an effective way to get this conversation about light into the public discourse in a uniform way. He believes that light is the very essence of who we are and that it has its own language. Bentley is kicking around the idea of writing a book but isn’t sure what that looks like right now.

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

 

SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ

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Show Highlights:

[02:42] Welcome to the show, Bentley!

[03:02] Bentley shares they are trying to get people to realize how underutilized light is in life.

[05:22] Bentley discusses the different light types and how people look at the most economic lighting, not the best-looking ones.

[07:56] Bentley speaks about how light has affected us since the beginning of time.

[09:40] Bentley shares different light on the spectrum.

[10:46] You don’t connect to fluorescent light the way you connect to fire light and day light.

[12:53] Bentley talks about the light in his house and why he has it that way.

[14:00] Bentley shares going to Burning Man and being asked to design the Temple’s lighting, which is the highlight of the festivities every year.

[15:46] People react differently to the different types of light they see.

[17:43] Bentley talks about why he will put no one in LED light.

[18:44] His cardinal rule is that if anyone is going to be sitting in a space for more than twenty minutes, they will use incandescent light because they will feel better.

[19:35] Bentley says that light affects us at the physiological and spiritual levels.

[19:58] What is your process for events you design lighting for?

[22:23] Bentley talks about all the stuff they do on the fly during an event.

[23:15] Bentley discusses the relationship between lighting and audio.

[24:30] They got into video because they didn’t have control over the ambient light reflecting from screens and LED screens.

[27:03] Bentley shares working with celebrities at concerts, in conjunction with events.

[30:21] Bentley speaks about being kicked out of high school when he was fourteen and his journey from there.

[33:45] He went into a theatre to collect his thoughts and found a job with their lighting techs.

[35:20] One of his earliest jobs was at the Palladium nightclub where Andy Warhol was directing.

[37:05] What is the hardest part of what you do?

[39:25] Bentley believes that the very essence of who we are is light.

[42:10] Bentley shares examples of how he believes light affects people.

[45:00] Lighting is its own language.

[46:08] Bentley discusses his vision for going forward as finding an effective way to get this conversation about light into the public discourse in a uniform way.

[49:02] Bentley talks about writing a book to get his word about light out.

[51:00] Thank you for being on the show!

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Bentley:

Bentley Meeker

@bentleymeeker

Instagram

@bentley.meeker

Facebook

 

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Mentioned:

David Monn Episode 308 on The Wedding Biz

David Monn Episode 309 on the Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 66 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 88 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 265 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 321 on The Wedding Biz

 

Episode 341 THE NEXT LEVEL: Kurt Macher discusses RICHARD EAGLETON/McQueens Flowers – Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste

Richard is the CEO of McQueens Flowers, the internationally renowned luxury floral design brand and flower school. Founded in London’s east end in 2001 with customers in Mexico, the United States, Japan, France, Korea, Kuwait, Singapore, Hong Kong, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Spain, and Australia. They have provided flowers for Vanity Fair’s Oscars afterparty for the last twenty-five years and were the floral design partner for the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s Wimbledon Champions Ball and the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Kurt Macher is our guest co-host and is the General Manager of the absolutely stunning Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London.

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