Episode 270 MICHAEL UNCAPHER discusses LISA VORCE- The Intangible Soul Of An Event

 

Listen as Andy Kushner and Michael Uncapher discuss Lisa’s winding road to the event industry, how she taps into the “intangible soul” for an event, how important she feels lighting is to any event, plus much more on this episode of The Next Level.

Michael is the Co-Owner and Managing Director with Mark’s Garden out of Los Angeles. Mark’s Garden has crafted floral designs for the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball for the past twenty-six years, plus television Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, top-level civic events and a long list of celebrity weddings including Pink, Gwen Stefani, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Simpson to name a few. 

Lisa is a world-renown celebrity event planner, receiving accolades from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Brides, BizBash, Martha Stewart, and many more. She planned events for Kobe Bryant and produced some of the most iconic celebrations, including the weddings of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, and Kate Upton and Justin Verlander. 

Listen, as Andy and Michael chat about Lisa’s unique perspective on finding the intangible soul of an event, how important lighting is for an event, and Lisa’s preference for natural light. Michael shares how important Instagram is for showcasing your work and why he sometimes takes the unique approach of taking a picture with his phone at an event to see how his creations will look on Instagram, what a great idea!

Also, Andy has launched a new podcast network called The Wedding Biz Network, in which he produces podcasts for other people in the event industry, with Sean Low being its first member. Sean’s show, The Business Of Being Creative, comes out every Tuesday and stay tuned for more new show announcements coming soon.

 

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Show Highlights:

Show Highlights:

  • [01:22] Welcome back to the show, Michael!
  • [03:20] Michael shares his background and how he got into the event industry.
  • [04:39] Michael speaks about how hard it can be for a florist to find the “intangible soul” as Lisa does.
  • [06:50] Michael agrees with Lisa on how important lighting is for an event.
  • [08:03] Natural light, which looks most like candlelight, is the look Lisa likes most.
  • [09:07] Have you ever had an instance when you have shown up to an event, and the lighting wasn’t what you would have wanted for your floral designs?
  • [11:04] Michael speaks about how important it is to use Instagram to showcase your designs.
  • [13:00] Michael discusses the fact that Lisa designs websites for her clients’ destination weddings.
  • [14:09] Lisa and her team feel like they know the guests before they get there because they are interacting with them through the website.
  • [15:41] Michael, thank you so much for being on the show! 

 

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Lisa Vorce

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Episode 269 LISA VORCE – The Intangible Soul Of An Event

“My proudest moments aren’t only about design. They are about how my clients feel when they see and experience the design.” Listen as Andy and his guest Lisa Vorce discuss Lisa’s love of celebrations, what inspired her to leave corporate America to launch her own business and much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Lisa is a world-renown celebrity event planner, receiving accolades from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Brides, BizBash, and Martha Stewart, to name a few. She planned several events for Kobe Bryant and produced some of the most iconic celebrations, including the weddings of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen and Kate Upton and Justin Verlander. Lisa is a speaker and headliner at conferences worldwide, including WPPI, Engage, and DWP.

Lisa shares that the first event she worked at was a birthday party for George Clooney’s mom, how the referrals from the first wedding she planned led her down the destination wedding path, and the process she follows for each client. Lisa also shares the roles each of her treasured team members play in the events they produce.

Listen as Lisa describes an event she did recently, how she helps her clients choose a venue for their wedding and why each client is set up with a website and email address so they can communicate not only with Lisa’s team but so that the team can communicate with the guests that are attending the wedding.

Also, Andy has launched a new podcast network called The Wedding Biz Network, in which he produces podcasts for other people in the event industry, with Sean Low being its first member. Sean’s show now comes out every Tuesday and stay tuned for more new show announcements coming soon.

 

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Show Highlights:

[02:24] Welcome to the show, Lisa!

[03:12] Lisa shares what she means by wanting to design something that resonates with someone’s soul.

[05:30] Lisa speaks about her family and the mixed heritage she grew up around.

[07:02] Was there any place outside your family experience that you were exposed to celebrations like you do today?

[08:38] Lisa speaks about working at IBM in the coding department and meeting her husband during a blizzard in Colorado.

[10:13] Lisa shares that one of the first events she worked was for Nina Clooney, George Clooney’s mom.

[11:20] When you transitioned from the corporate world to open your own company, was it something you thought about or was it impulsive?

[13:27] Lisa discusses the first wedding she planned and how that was the catalyst for specializing in destination weddings.

[15:22] She speaks about her process from initial contact with a potential client through the event.

[17:46] Lisa explains what she focuses on for each event and what role each member of her team plays.

[19:20] What are some of the most significant stressors you find that your clients face?

[21:43] Lisa discusses how she helps her clients decide what venue will work best for them for the destination they choose.

[23:24] Lisa gives us an example of a wedding she did recently and how they picked the venue, resorts, excursions, and flights.

[27:37] Why is lighting the first thing you look at before designing an event?

[30:26] Lisa speaks about being involved in a couple’s website for their wedding and communicating the necessary information.

[32:35] Lisa shares that each client has a specific email address linked directly to their company and the communication plan they do with the guests.

[35:07] Lisa discusses how hard it is to break into designing at a top-level in the event industry.

[37:34] How do you suggest that photographers and other creative partners who want to work with your company, approach you?

[40:17] Lisa shares about her product line called Lisa Vorce and Zola, a registry for brides.

[41:16] Lisa speaks about where she sees herself in the next few years.

[42:38] Thank you so much for taking the time with us today!

 

LINKS & RESOURCES

 

Find Lisa

Lisa Vorce

@lisavorce

Instagram

@lisavorceco

Facebook

Wedding Pro – On a bed with Lisa Vorce

Forbes – Twitter

 

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Episode 268 Alan Shukovsky: Protocols for Running Events During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Alan Shukovsky is located in NYC and is the Executive Director of Event Sales & Marketing for Glasshouses, which has new venues in NYC, including The Glasshouse, the highly anticipated new venue with a capacity of 1,850 located on the west side of the city. He is a member of a Manhattan-based task force for events and catering in NYC. The task force is made up of 30 plus of some of the most prominent properties and local event professionals in the City. Their purpose was essentially to collaborate and create a system of protocols, checks and balances, for running events during and after the Covid-19 pandemic and for both event professionals and their clients to feel safe. At a minimum, listening to this conversation will give you a host of important issues and ideas to think about. Below are the documents that resulted.
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Episode 267 A Conversation With: Colin Cowie

I recently started a series, coming out from time to time called “A Conversation With,” which will feature general conversations with a variety of previous and new guests. Today’s conversation is with Colin Cowie, who has been on the show two previous times: Part 1 was episode #128 and Part 2 was #135. I urge you to check them out as they were both absolutely engaging interviews.

Colin was my first entre into the luxe wedding market, with Kushner Entertainment when he hired myself and one of my bands, SoundConnection, to perform for two of his major wedding clients. Those two experiences, with Colin, taught me the true meaning of luxury and I will forever be grateful to him for such invaluable lessons.

In today’s release, Colin talks about what a typical day is like now, during the Covid-19 pandemic, and what he has learned about himself. He also talks about how his brand is diversified, working in hospitality outside of the event business, having launched a new division of his event planning and design business.

Colin is currently working on his 11th book, which he tells us all about, as well as a television program of which he will give details another time. Colin also talks about how he is staying connected with future clients and how he’s dealing with his team during this difficult time. We also discuss what the event industry will look like, in the future, and his suggestion for couples whose weddings have had to be postponed. Colin addresses how he’ll run his event business, moving forward, and defines what true luxury is all about.

This is not a conversation to be missed!

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Episode 266 KATHI SHARPE-ROSS: Author of Re:Invent Your Life! What Are You Waiting For?

“Reinvention is a personal intervention with yourself.” Listen as Andy, and his guest Kathi Sharpe-Ross discuss her book Re:Invent Your Life! What Are You Waiting For? Kathi gives specific ideas for moving forward and reimagining our lives and careers on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Kathi shares that this book was something she decided to write ten years ago and how she had to reinvent her entire book launch plan since the pandemic. She speaks about how important it is to listen to yourself and acknowledge when we could use a little tweak. Kathi says that sometimes you need to reframe the brain and reframe your point of view.

Are you so caught up in your life that you forget how important self-care is? Kathi shares that you need to permit yourself to take a breath or a moment to clear your head. Self-care and occasionally being selfish is good for you and can be good for everyone around you. Take time and listen, so you will know when ah-ha moments happen.

Listen as Kathi shares how to change up the routines in your life, one of the 26 power tools from her book, and how important it is to schedule a time for yourself, even if you have to put it on your calendar. Kathi also discusses how to reinvent our lives while being cautious and mindful as we reopen after the pandemic.

“Failure can be your biggest success.” Kathi talks about what she means by this statement, and why sometimes we have to reframe our notion of failure. Andy’s conversation with Kathi is uplifting and inspiring. Read her book if you need a helping hand, getting your life back on track.

Also, Andy has launched a new podcast network called The Wedding Biz Network, in which he will produce podcasts for other people in the event industry, with Sean Low being its first member. Sean’s show now comes out every Tuesday and stay tuned for more new show announcements coming soon.

 

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Show Highlights:

[03:10] Welcome to the show, Kathi!

[03:22] Kathi discusses how relevant reinventing and pivoting have become.

[04:16] Kathi shares how important it is to listen to ourselves and acknowledge when something could use a little tweak.

[05:22] Kathi says that you need to reframe the brain and your point of view.

[07:06] “When one door closes, another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us.” Alexander Graham Bell

[07:50] Kathi speaks about when ah-ha moments can unexpectedly happen.

[09:07] Do you get caught up in your life and forget about self-care?

[11:02] Kathi discusses how to get a timeout while working at home with your family.

[13:38] Kathi shares that self-care, being selfish, can be good for you and everyone around you.

[15:02] How do you get over the fear of reinventing yourself?

[18:01] Kathi speaks about one chapter in her book titled “Hello Are You Still In There?”

[19:47] Kathi discusses habits and changing up routines in our lives.

[23:05] She describes one of the 26 power tools from her book.

[26:28] Kathi says that you have to schedule time on your calendar for yourself.

[27:57] “In the long run we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die, and the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” Eleanor Roosevelt

[29:17] How do we reinvent our lives in accordance with being cautious and mindful?

[30:41] Kathi shares what she means that failure can actually be your biggest success.

[32:30] Kathi speaks about one of her friends she writes about in her book.

[34:51] Sometimes, we have to reframe our notion of failure and never give up if you want something.

[36:57] Andy wants to encourage everyone to get Kathi’s book.

[37:23] Kathi shares some final thoughts with the listeners and speaks about the reinvention road map.

[41:05] Thank you for being on the show!

 

LINKS & RESOURCES

 

Find Kathi

Kathi Sharpe-Ross

Re:Invent Your Life! What Are You Waiting For?

Email

@KathiSR

Twitter

Digital LA – 10 Keys to Virtual Events, from panels to festivals

UBS Podcast with Mitch Slater

Elevate Your Brand

Done Being Single

The Art of Living with Kathy Smith

The Female Quotient 

BalancedLife

 

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