|Almost 4 years ago my then fiancé and I decided we wanted to start our new marriage in the south of France. How fun it would be to experience a new culture, language, european travel destinations and new jobs? We would learn how to eat, drink and be merry like the French. I use the word ‘we’, but as my husband has a french father and had spent 7 years of his youth in France, it would be less learning for him, but still a great new experience. So we sold most everything we owned, packed up the rest and off we went.Within 2 days of our arrival in France, we both had jobs at a private international school in sunny Provence. Three years later, I have decided that I am ready to do business in France. I have mastered the language and cultural barriers…for the most part. Throughout my three years I have attended several trade shows, researched the industry in France a bit and have tried to figure out how I will fit into the big picture here. We return home to California every summer for me to work on one, sometimes two events. It refuels my passion and keeps me in the industry loop mentally. But it’s about time to get back to my career and do events full time.
I have been producing events for 11 years. It is my passion. I love it because I am good at it and because I can’t imagine doing anything else that would make me as happy. So here I am, creating ways to make myself visible to the world, looking for projects to manage and maybe contributing a little to society along the way.
I want to make a contribution by writing about challenges we face as event professionals. By event professionals, for event professionals. Things like, how can we reduce our carbon footprint, how can we reduce our waste without breaking the budget, how can we integrate more education into our events, are there really recession proof events, should we have certifications, and why is our profession still not included on any surveys? I want to hear from you! What is your greatest challenge as an event professional?
Merci et a bientôt from sunny Provence!