By: Mekenzie House
Ever since I started navigating my way through this whole adult thing, my motto has been, “say yes and figure it out afterwards.” That mindset landed me my internship in New York (little did they know I had ZERO experience in buying and planning before I was hired), and has also been a vital part of my role at The Event Lounge.
I didn’t know much about the event planning world before I was hired, but I figured that I was definitely above average when it came to social media. How hard is it to post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter every day? In reality, my role as the Marketing Coordinator consists of SO MUCH more than just posting to social media. In the last 43 days of working at The Event Lounge, I have been asked to create graphics in Adobe Illustrator, edit photos in Photoshop, travel to event sites to help with registration and event set up, and even design wedding invitations…just to name a few. All of which I had little to no experience doing before I started working here. Lack of experience aside, I’ve said yes to everything, walked back to my office and started googling how to’s. It’s worked out pretty well for me so far!
I learn something new here every single day. Whether it’s how to shoot event footage and then produce a video in iMovie or how to put on spandex chair covers at an event site, not a day goes by that I’m not given the opportunity to learn something new and grow professionally and personally.
Some of my favorite things I’ve learned (and maybe not quite mastered) so far consist of working with a GoPro, creating graphics and print design for clients in Illustrator, setting up props and decorations for events, and planning an Open House. Of course, this job also has its challenges. In fact, I accidentally sent out an email in Latin to over 600 partners and clients last week. THAT was not fun. Luckily, I work with some of the most understanding, dedicated, and hard working people in the business. This team is seriously better than anything I could’ve dreamed up. Immediately I felt like I was a part of the TEL family, and that’s because everyone here genuinely cares and wants the best for one another. I’m pretty sure I hit the jackpot with my first job out of college.
It’s been such a fun 43 days of working at The Event Lounge, and I can’t wait to see what all I can accomplish and learn by saying yes in the next 43 (and several after that.)