Episode 323 THE NEXT LEVEL: SEAN LOW discusses MARIANNE BENNETT, Scoring Music To Tell A Story

Andy welcomes Sean Low back to the show. Sean is the owner of the consulting firm The Business of Being Creative, which focuses on providing practical advice to those in the business of being creative. He also has a podcast on The Wedding Biz Network called The Business of Being Creative. Listen as they discuss Marianne Bennett, the Founder and CEO of Element Music, a highly successful music and entertainment company in the event industry out of New York City.

Sean speaks about Marianne’s understanding of the difference between “custom” and “personal,” her storytelling abilities, and how she takes a client’s story and gives it back after adding her vision. Sean loves the fact that Marianne states that it isn’t just about enjoying the entertainment; it’s about the experience.

Marianne believes that you have to be creative with your company’s business side, and Sean agrees 100% with her view on combining the business and creative aspects to keep the company balanced. Marianne says you can love business and still be a great creative.

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s other podcast, The Music Makers. It’s behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most influential music industry pros around, including artists, recording engineers, record producers, songwriters, managers, record industry executives, and more. You can find The Music Makers podcast by searching for that term in your cell phone’s podcast app or visiting www.themusicmakers.com

 

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Show Highlights:

  • [01:16] Welcome back to the show, Sean!
  • [03:05] Sean speaks about Marianne’s understanding of the difference between custom and personal.
  • [05:29] Sean says that Marianne is a storyteller, and her job is to take that story and give it back through her vision.
  • [08:41] Sean loves the fact that it’s not just about enjoying the entertainment; it’s about the experience.
  • [11:28] Sean discusses Marianne’s views on being creative in the business of your company.
  • [14:27] Thank you so much for being on the show!

 

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

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Episode 321 PRESTON BAILEY’S Big Announcement!

Andy is excited for this special episode with floral and event designer Preston Bailey. Listen as they discuss how Preston is handling the pandemic both personally and professionally, what he’s learned about himself, and how he’s using the slow down to further his path both personally and in the industry. Preston also has a big announcement he is sharing with us, plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Preston shares how he is handling the pandemic and what he has learned during 2020. Preston discusses how he thinks the event industry will change once the pandemic has been eradicated. He believes that event professionals will need to become better salespeople because consumers will want more value for their money.

Preston is hosting his own podcast called Stop and Smell the Roses! Listen as he shares why this is a dream come true and the content listeners can expect to hear. Preston also speaks about his segment called Dear Preston, where he will answer listeners’ questions live on air. His podcast will air every other Thursday starting January 14th on The Wedding Biz Network. See you there!

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s new podcast, The Music Makers. It’s a podcast about behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most influential music industry pros around, including artists, recording engineers, record producers, songwriters, managers, record industry executives, and more. You can find The Music Makers podcast by searching for it in your cell phone’s podcast app or visiting www.themusicmakers.com

 

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Show Highlights:

  • [02:06] Welcome back to the show, Preston!
  • [02:48] Preston shares how the pandemic has affected him.
  • [04:12] Preston has learned that the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
  • [05:00] How has the pandemic impacted your business?
  • [06:58] Preston believes that once they have eradicated the pandemic, the event industry will be different.
  • [09:05] Preston speaks about pricing post-pandemic and learning to be better salespeople.
  • [11:35] The big announcement is that Preston Bailey will host his podcast!
  • [12:02] Preston discusses why this is a dream come true for him.
  • [14:56] What can the listeners expect to hear about on your podcast?
  • [17:28] Preston shares what listeners can ask during his Dear Preston segment.
  • [18:21] Andy shares how you can leave Preston a voicemail question.
  • [19:24] Starting January 14th, the podcast will air every other Thursday.
  • [21:19] Thank you for listening!

                                                                

 

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Episode 317 THE NEXT LEVEL: CARRIE GOLDBERG discusses ALEX FITZGIBBONS, Orchestrating The Life And Soul Of A Wedding

Andy welcomes Carrie Goldberg back to The Next Level. Carrie is the Digital Travel & Weddings Editor at Harpers Bazaar, where she oversees all things bridal, weddings, and travel for HarpersBazaar.com. Listen as they discuss how who has the most input in weddings has changed, why Alex doesn’t advertise and how he maintains his client’s privacy by taking people’s phones at high-profile events, plus much more.

Alex is the Managing Director of Fait Accompli out of London, which organizes, plans and designs spectacular events worldwide from A-list to Royal weddings. He is also responsible for the wedding celebration of Ellie Goulding and weddings for the Royal family, including Prince William and Katherine the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry and Megan the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

Listen as Carrie speaks about the weddings Alex designs, the glamping wedding he planned on the grounds of a medieval castle, and how his discretion has earned him the high-profile weddings others seek. They discuss the challenge of keeping guests engaged, with or without their phones, and how 2020 has shown where people place their worth in business and life.

Are you a creative who wants to turn your craft into a business or take it further? Head to the Wedding Biz Network and listen to The Business of Being Creative podcast with Sean Low. Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more.

 

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Show Highlights:

  • [00:59] Welcome back to the show, Carrie!
  • [01:45] Carrie speaks about the weddings that Alex designs.
  • [03:06] Carrie shares how things have changed when giving input into a wedding.
  • [05:44] Carrie discusses the wedding Alex orchestrated where the wedding party and guests were glamping on the grounds of a medieval castle.
  • [08:16] Carrie chats about discretion and how putting yourself out there is the last thing you should do if you want the high-profile weddings.
  • [09:47] All of Alex’s clients come from word of mouth or referrals…he doesn’t need to advertise.
  • [12:46] Carrie shares her view on checking in phones at events and how much more engaged they are without the distraction.
  • [15:04] Carrie talks about how Alex addresses the challenge of keeping people engaged in the experience when they have their phones.
  • [16:45] Carrie discusses how the experience of 2020 shows where people place their worth.
  • [18:53] They speak about work-life balance and how it’s been a struggle in the industry.
  • [20:05] Thank you for being on the show!

 

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Carrie Goldberg. Digital Travel and Weddings Editor at Harper’s Bazaar

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Episode 315 THE NEXT LEVEL: JENNIFER STEIN discusses MAJEDA & SEWAR BISHARAT/MY Event Design: Turning Vision Into Reality

Andy welcomes Jennifer Stein back to The Next Level. Jennifer is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Destination I Do Magazine, which can be found at newsstands in all fifty states and twelve countries. She also publishes a daily blog, consults, custom publishes, and has a podcast called CONFETTI.

Majeda Bisharat and Sewar of MY Event Design, based in Jordan, cover events across the Middle East and Europe. MY Event Design is a full-fledged luxury event design, planning, and management company that has designed and planned events for influential figures in various industries and members of the Royal family.

Jennifer discusses the natural gifts that she believes people in the event industry are blessed with, how Majeda gets her inspiration from everywhere, and how great it is that Majeda and Sewar have a multigenerational approach to events that have served them well. Jennifer also talks about what Majeda said about Sewar’s engagement party.

Listen as Jennifer shares how vulnerable and upfront Majeda was when she said she is in a state of confusion when it comes to dealing with the pandemic and how she took that confusion and turned it into a new company called MY Tablescape so that everyone can rent the luxurious accessories they need to make any occasion special.

Are you a creative who wants to turn your craft into a business or take it further? Head to the Wedding Biz Network and listen to The Business of Being Creative podcast with Sean Low. Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more.

 

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Show Highlights:

  • [00:53] Welcome back to the show, Jennifer!
  • [02:41] Jennifer believes that there are many natural gifts given to people in the event industry, and Majeda and Sewar are two of the greats.
  • [03:56] Majeda is inspired by many things, places, and people.
  • [05:56] Jennifer discusses the multigenerational approach that Majeda and Sewar have, making them a powerful force.
  • [09:27] Jennifer speaks about what Majeda said was her favorite event she had ever done.
  • [11:40] Jennifer chats about what she has heard creative partners say about working with some planners.
  • [13:07] Jennifer talks about how Majeda shared that she is in a place of feeling confused with the pandemic.
  • [14:18] Jennifer speaks about Majeda and Sewar’s new company, MY Tablescape.
  • [16:54] Jennifer, thank you so much for being on the show!

 

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Jennifer Stein Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Destination I Do Magazine

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Episode 313 THE NEXT LEVEL: JULIE SAVAGE discusses CALEB JORDAN LEE, Filmmaker Extraordinaire!

Andy’s guest co-host today is Julie Savage. Julie is the Founder and Creative Director of Strawberry Milk Events, who has planned and designed celebrations worldwide. 

Listen as they discuss how impressive it was that Caleb launched his business at 16 and filmed 40 weddings his first year, and his insights into developing relationships with his creative partners, plus much more on this episode of The Next Level.

Caleb is a brilliant filmmaker and the owner of East West Production, a full-service event filmmaking company with award-winning coverage. Caleb’s work has been showcased in publications such as People’s Magazine, particularly for shooting Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s wedding. He has also been featured in Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Magazine, and Harpers Bazaar named Caleb as one of the world’s top filmmakers.

Julie discusses how she matches her clients with creative partners like Caleb, the process they go through from there, and how it’s a learning curve to know that you are not the right person for everyone and that Caleb seemed to learn that much earlier in his career than most. 

Andy and Julie share how Caleb writes a storyline, to follow when editing, and how he believes when working commercially, it’s not about the product as much as it is about the emotion behind the product and how to make that happen in a minute or less. Julie speaks about Caleb’s genuine team player attitude and how he is known for always helping creative partners where he can and how that keeps him top of mind when recommending a filmmaker to clients.

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s other podcast, The Music Makers. It’s a podcast about behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most influential music industry pros around, including artists, recording engineers, record producers, songwriters, managers, record industry executives, and more. You can find The Music Makers podcast by searching for it in your cell phone’s podcast app or visiting www.themusicmakers.com

 

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Show Highlights:

  • [00:55] Welcome to the show, Julie!
  • [01:58] Julie shares how impressive it was that Caleb launched his business at age 16.
  • [02:47] Julie discusses working with creative partners and how they reach out to them and then pass that information on to the clients.
  • [03:53] Julie talks about matching their clients with creative partners.
  • [04:45] Julie believes that it’s a learning curve to know that you are not right for everyone.
  • [05:26] Julie speaks about Caleb’s view on scaling and how it keeps him true to who he is.
  • [06:46] What separates Caleb from the rest is that he writes a storyline to follow when filming and editing.
  • [07:57] They discuss how Caleb captures the emotional aspect of the story in a minute during his commercial shoots.
  • [10:38] Julie shares how Caleb sends out reels of the events the next day to the creative partners.
  • [12:00] Julie discusses how Caleb takes care of creative partners and develops relationships with them.
  • [13:54] Caleb is a team player and has a genuine attitude, which goes a long way, especially at a destination event.
  • [16:01] Julie and Andy speak about everything involved when Caleb did Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s wedding with a week’s notice.
  • [18:20] Thank you for being on the show!

 

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Julie Savage, Founder and Creative Director of Strawberry Milk Events

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