Summertime Fine – Entertainment for Your Outdoor Soiree

Summertime isn’t over yet and we all know what that means: there’s still time to party!

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Over the years, we’ve seen and done it all. Elegant evening weddings set in wine country, extravagant corporate beach mixers, breathtaking under-the-sea children’s birthday parties, and ladies’ luncheons with string quartets. Our focus has always been on curating entertainment that complements the season and environment, all the while impressing your attendees.

Live Performances

Guests want to be surprised and dazzled at any event- it’s now expected. Long gone are the days of a simple showing of streamers and balloons, with the hosted bar. No one will write home, or shall we say, post on social media about that.

Better ways to enchant guests are with costuming, activities and with a take-home soundtrack of the event. Say you’re hosting a pool party- along with making sure there are plenty of rafts, tubes, and toys (oversized swans and flamingos are quite the sights), also delight guests with surprise live performances.

Perhaps a synchronized swim routine on land and in water

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Or even our mermaids emerging out of the blue (water, that is).


Curious on how to take it a step further and make it even more interactive? 
Consider bringing in a poet, whose specialty includes creating haikus on the spot. Sitting down with our artists, your attendees share a topic of their choice and in a matter of minutes, they receive a typewritten personalized work from the heart.  Our poets have been complimented by their sitters, saying “(it’s) therapy with a gift at the end.” 

Music

The festivities are not complete until you’ve got people dancing underneath the stars and what better way to make that happen than to bring in a live band? From bluegrass banjos to steel pan drums, music will set the tone throughout your party, offering guests that extra magic. Even if a stage isn’t available, you’ll want to situate the band so that they weave into the environment, making them photo and social media-ready!

The suggestions we’ve mentioned are merely a taste of the different acts you can have at your end-of-the-summer hootenanny. Make sure to reach out to your favorite Team Entire member to curate entertainment for your next event.

 

The Power of Experiential Marketing: Launching AAA’s GIG Car Share Service”

With a little over a month away from rolling out its new car-sharing service, GIG, A3Ventures (AAA’s venture arm) called on Entire Productions to design a spectacular and newsworthy experiential launch. From playfully (and sometimes seriously) considering ideas involving helicopters and the shutting down of the Bay Bridge, our team worked side-by-side with A3Ventures to introduce the East Bay’s hottest new ride.

Occupying the short-term rental niche with the likes of Zipcar and GetAround, GIG offers the unique option of one-way car sharing service. Users are not required to return the car at a designated location, but can instead rent any of the Toyota Prius C vehicles with the mobile app. When finished, users can then drop it off at any public parking lot or metered parking space within Oakland or Berkeley.

Since its last product launch in 1971, AAA looked to tap into a younger Millenial generation by offering a new product. GIG Car Sharing Service was that opportunity. The question at hand was then how could GIG successfully and uniquely launch to this target group?

Entire Production’s President, Natasha Miller, and Director of Experience Design, Carina Hessmer, developed a two-part publicity stunt showcasing the cars while leveraging social media and our own network of diverse and incredibly talented local musicians. 

Meticulously planned by our creative Production Manager, Claire O’Neil, and executed by the rest of our team, the first aspect involved four drive trains cruising throughout Oakland and Berkeley’s main thoroughfares. Each drive train was made up of five vehicles, with the lead car hosting a beautifully decorated bike on its top rack. Whimsically adorned, the decor of the bikes paid an ode to the annual art and music festival of Burning Man- a celebration attended by many of our target audience members.  

Reggae-pop band HIRIE in GIG Car with customized Burning Man bike.

Leading each car were four Bay Area music groups whose social following composed of influencers and Millennial fans alike. Equipping the cars with GoPro cameras and microphones, we were able to live stream their take on James Gordon’s Carpool Karaoke-meets-NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Throughout the routes, the musicians belted out tunes to hundreds of random passersby and thousands of online viewers, gracing everyone’s morning and online stream with good vibes.

The Easy Leaves jamming out during their drive train.

Brass Mafia Trio on a micro-concert stop.

After traversing around Berkeley and Oakland, all GIG cars reconvened at Lake Merritt for the second part of the stunt – a world record attempt at having the Most Concerts in a Car, or as we affectionately refer to it, ‘Most Gigs in a GIG’. Inviting official Record Setters, we brought in 23 colorful musical acts to perform inside one of the GIG cars. Launch goers were treated to a variety of performances, from youth indie rock stars and an authentic pirate to an Italian opera vocalist and sweet island reggae. Our team not only took a lighthearted approach to introducing a service, we set a world record for music!

Accordionist Rob Reich with Record Setter during his Gig in GIG.

Oakland Youth Chorus posing with their Record Setting badge.

A few A3Ventures team members getting ready before their big musical debut.

All the while, if you can believe there’s more, Entire Productions and A3Ventures also partnered with Daybreaker to curate a giant, outdoor festival. Set at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Daybreaker attracted thousands of attendees to launch day with a morning yoga session, a dance party that continued into the afternoon, food trucks from Off the Grid, and interactive art installations.

Daybreaker leads yoga on Lake Merritt. Photo by Daniel Lee.

Dance festival on its way. Photo by Kristina Bakrevski.

The overall launch day was a HUGE SUCCESS! We had over 6,000 RSVP’s and more than 2,500 attendees sign up for the GIG service, doubling their sign-ups in one magnificent day. In less than 6 weeks, we gained measurable traction for GIG and established the brand to be one of relevance, accessibility, and, most importantly, fun! The power of experiential marketing!

We can’t wait to produce the next raving celebration!

Team Entire Out.

Special thanks to our photographer Jim Vetter and videographer Elson Ross of Mirrorless Media for trusting us on our wild rides and capturing the essence of the day.

-Tesha

CarnivalPalooza

With summer fast approaching, we’re excited to bring our talent and entertainment to the great outdoors. Producing carnivals for attendees of all ages, from the tots learning to walk to our older couples teaching us how to jump, jive ‘n wail, our team is ready for a whole lot of fun and cotton candy! Here is a peek at three carnival celebrations for very special clients from last year!

The first carnival, an annual event for us, was for one of our favorite clients at Oakland City Center. The OCC Carnival is completely free and open to the public as the Center’s way of showing gratitude to both tenants and neighbors for their patronage. Team Entire managed a craft booth where visitors made custom frames, and also brought in magician MC Calvin Kai Ku, face painter Lisa, balloon artist Raul, popcorn and cotton candy vendors and vintage carnival games. The event draws over 300 attendees each year, and 2016 proved to be the biggest and most successful OCC carnival yet!

For more info on this year’s OCC Carnival, clink on this link or on the flyer below.

The second carnival was a new event for another one of our most fabulous loyal clients – this time to celebrate their occupancy of a new floor in the One Market Spear Tower building. Royal Jelly Jive brought the event alive and proved to be the perfect fit for a carnival setting. They were joined by fellow entertainers including stilt walkerstarot card readers, an acclaimed mime artist, a photo booth complete with carnival themed props, and vintage carnival games. The event- held seven floors up in a historic San Francisco building, made for some tight logistics coordination (always a breeze for us here at Entire Productions!) and also made for the most amazing bay, ferry building, bridge and skyline city views. The event was a smashing success and featured the most stunning backdrop we’ve seen at a carnival event to date.

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The final event, held at The Pacific Telephone Building at 140 New Montgomery, was a tenant appreciation event and another annual carnival event for us here at Entire. The event featured live music spun by DJ King Most, plus entertainment provided by caricaturists Rene Pulido and Mokhtar Paki, a tarot card reader, a photo booth and vintage carnival games. The guests, all still kids at heart, were both playful and appreciative of the event, proving you’re never too old to let go and enjoy some summer fun.

Thinking of throwing a carnival or festival this summer? Make sure to check in with your favorite Team Entire member for new talent ideas.

-Team Entire

Swing Into Spring Event at the Bently Reserve with AllSeated

In our ninth year of production, our annual celebration has become one of the most anticipated Bay Area event industry events. Receiving such recognition is not only rewarding but fires up our creative team to try and top the previous year. Needless to say, after the amazing and beautiful Suddenly Spring at the Bently Reserve last year, the team could not wait to begin scheming on how to WOW our fellow event professionals this year.

Rooted in showcasing the best of our talent while keeping experiential design (check out our Burning Man article regarding “XD”) top of mind, the team set out to take guests on a sensory journey back to Palm Springs circa the 1960’s. If you’re unfamiliar with the aesthetic of this glamorous time period, think Pop Art, geometrics, and mod muted color tones. We took a little more creative liberty by adding a few flamingos here and there—leaving the jello molds and fondue to things of the past.

Partnering with the Bently Reserve and AllSeated, we began the evening with a special VIP pre-party for our most esteemed wedding industry friends. With the creative collaboration and vision of the team at Glow Event Design, we fashioned the historic Sansome Lobby and Adriatic Room into a serene bridal lounge. California-cool in design with lush florals and banana leaves, guests were treated to an exclusive session with renowned event planning guru Mindy Weiss and our president, Natasha Miller. While guests mingled in the lobby with bubbles from BBC, bites from Barbara Llewellyn Catering and a gourmet cake bar by Global Gourmet Catering, our poet crafted instant prose for guests while our 1960s band, Project Pimento, wooed everyone into a lounge-like vibe.

VIP Lounge Designed by Glow Event Design. Photo © Misti Layne

Beautiful Car Bar by Global Gourmet Catering. Photo © Misti Layne

Our on-demand poet ready to craft verses for guests. Photo © Misti Layne

Project Pimento Band. Photo © Misti Layne

Once everyone took their seats, Natasha, Mindy and Sandy Hammer of AllSeated shared their thoughts on the significance of unique entertainment acts when it came to designing guest experiences. They also took questions from the audience, dispersing wisdom and bits of laughter throughout.

Mindy and Natasha discussing Entertainment and Experience Design. Photo © Misti Layne

After this intimate discussion ended, guests were invited to join the main party. Entering through the Battery Street Lobby, attendees cued up and waited as one of our retro flight attendants checked them in. Upon entrance, a 6-foot living champagne tower greeted guests with spirits, while our pilot for the evening, DJ “Captain” Cody brought guests back in time with Motown hits. In the PanAm-inspired airport Gateway lounge, Snap Fiesta captured passengers ready for take-off, while our Jewelry “Making” Bar encouraged attendees to adorn themselves with their own DIY mod necklaces.

Guests arrive in Battery Lobby with 6 ft. Living Champagne Tower. Photo © Jim Vetter

For veterans of our spring celebration, you’ll know that we love to create a sense of anticipation and suspense. We hold all of our attendees in the lobby until it’s time for the grand reveal. This year, our PanAm flight attendants led attendees into the main Banking Hall, welcoming all to Swing into Spring. As if preparing for take off, our flight attendants broke into their safety dance and were later joined by our dance band for the evening, The Klipptones.

Retro Flight Attendants dancing Safety Song. Photo © Jim Vetter

We brought in over 70 artists that evening – an unprecedented number for our company’s event. From the Giant Martini Glass with our beautiful go-go dancer to our colorful body-painted walk around characters, we not only aimed to engage all of our guests’ senses but to also inspire our industry to break the regular mold of event entertainment.

Photos © Jim Vetter

Our planning of this fete was almost as much fun as the mesmerizing evening itself. Almost.

We are so grateful to our incredible sponsors and artists whose generous contributions brought this event to life. We could not have done it without them and we hope you think of them first for your next event.

OUR EVENT SPONSORS

Producing + Venue Sponsor
The Bently Reserve

Producing Sponsors
AllSeated

A/V Sponsor
Elevate Productions

Catering Sponsors
49 Square Catering
Barbara Llewellyn Catering & Event Planning
The Hugh Groman Group
Ladies Who Lunch
Michi

Beverage Sponsors
Best Beverage Catering Company
Benziger Family Winery

Cake Bar
Global Gourmet Catering

Decor & Rental Sponsors
AFR
Napa Valley Linens
Suite Treatments
Classic Party Rentals
Event Drape Rental

Floral Sponsors
Amy Burke Designs
Kitani Floral Design

Photobooth Sponsors
Snap Fiesta

Photography Sponsors
Misti Layne Photography
Photogenic Events

Special Creative
VIP Bridal Suite Design by Glow Event Design
Mod Jewelry “Making” Bar by Very Mary Inspired 

Staff
The Party Staff

Graphics & PrintsS
ADMAC Digital Imaging

Media Sponsor
Modern Luxury

Give Away Sponsors:
Swift LLC
OTR Cocktails

If you joined us, we hope you were inspired. If you weren’t able to, make sure you don’t miss out next year. We’re already planning for 2018!

-Tesha

For more posts, make sure you check out our Facebook and our social media tag, #entirespring17.

What Burning Man Can Teach Special Events Professionals

"The Catacombs burning at sunrise was the largest burn at Black Rock City to date," - Account Executive, Morgan.

“The Catacombs burning at sunrise was the largest burn at Black Rock City to date,” Morgan.

For many creatives, late summer delivers the process and experience of Burning Man. When Entire team members Carina and Morgan returned from their trip to Black Rock City, they shared their reflections on how inspiring and impactful the annual arts festival could be for all special events professionals. Whether you had a chance to attend the weeklong festivities or not (more than 70,000 people attended this year’s), Burning Man offers the special events community insight on how our industry is transforming from a service-based economy to an experience-based economy. Here are three takeaways from the festival that we hope to bring into the new year:

Unique experiences involve sensory participation.
For “Burners”, a great part of the experience involves being in the desert of Black Rock City and taking on the physical effects of situating one’s self in an extremely different environment.

Our very own Director of Experience Design, Carina, in her "office in the desert”.

Our very own Director of Experience Design, Carina, in her “office in the desert”.

 

Playa bikes are THE main form of transportation. Innovation takes shape with this wind sail duo bike. (Photo taken by Morgan Smith)

Playa bikes are the main form of transportation. Innovation takes shape with this windsail duo bike. (Photo by Morgan Smith)

Long gone are the days of the dinner-show. Your event attendees are more likely to remember moments of your event when they are encouraged to touch, listen, smell, and taste.

Great events encourage vulnerability amongst attendees.
In its 30th cycle, Burning Man has created a distinct culture and community with many members returning year after year. With ten guiding principles, including gifting, civic responsibility, radical self-expression, and communal effort (via Burning Man.org) participants are involved in personal and intimate ways. 

Participants revel in the nostalgia of past times as they bounce through one of the largest installations, The Black Rock Lighthouse Service. (Photo by Jim Urquhart / Reuters in The Atlantic)

Participants revel in the nostalgia of past times as they bounce through one of the largest installations at Burning Man 2016, The Black Rock Lighthouse Service. (Photo by Jim Urquhart / Reuters in The Atlantic)

Participants dance and climb on art installation, Lord Snort. (Photo by Andrew Jorgensen in Fest 300)

Participants dance and climb on the art installation, Lord Snort. (Photo by Andrew Jorgensen in Fest 300)

Chin up with sand-ridden hair, our very own Morgan holding the spirit of Burning Man.

Chin up with dust-ridden hair, our very own Morgan holding the spirit of Burning Man.

For event professionals focused on attendees’ experiential journeys, tools can be provided so that guests are inspired to share and tell their stories. This may be through a zany photo booth, intimate fortune readings, or DIY workshops throughout an event. Not only are attendees creating memories, they are building relationships outside of the standard network-and-drink setting.

Performative art tied with technology will be the trending wow-factor. 

Burning Man has exhibited wild and amazing creations, all in its support of the arts. Emphasizing impactful and interactive work, with a mission revolving around participatory and shared experiences (via BurningMan.org), Burning Man informs our event industry of what trends to look out for.

Upon their visit, Morgan and Carina were inspired by several installations on the Playa. Here, we share a couple of their own favorites:

 

Sonic Runway radiates music as bicycles pass through. Music at one end transmits light signals that then radiate down the runway at the speed of light. (Photo by Scott R Kline)

Sonic Runway radiates music as bicycles pass through. Music at one end transmits light signals that then radiate down the runway at the speed of light. (Photo by Scott R Kline)

“The Sonic Runway was one of the most fascinating installations on the Playa in 2016,” Morgan says, “The runway is made up of 32 arches of colored lights forming a 1,000-foot long corridor, all driven by a sound system. Its engineers are award-winning technologists in the Bay Area, and the Playa offers them a playground to do more of what they would like.”

For Carina, it was digital painter Android Jones‘ live performance that would later inspire her to bring the experience of large-scale virtual reality painting, and invite the artist himself, to a dashing soiree in the City View at Metreon.

Whether you ever plan on taking part of the festival or not, Burning Man shows us the capacity of a well-designed event to continuously impact attendees. The team at Entire takes this wisdom to heart, encouraging our clients to participate in this next level of imagining. We encourage you to do so as well—together, we look forward to the creation of more meaningful and intentional experiences.

– Tesha

AllSeated’s Endless Summer at Casa del Mar with Mindy Weiss

While it seems as if this year’s wedding season has only finished, most wedding professionals are already gearing up for next season’s romantic celebrations. What better way to meet with industry friends and share trending ideas than by a collaborative showcase. 

Natasha and I leapt at the chance to take part in AllSeated’s Endless Summer Celebration with Mindy Weiss at Casa del Mar.  I expected the event to be great, but my expectations were surpassed by the astounding work of the brilliant team that came together. The party was truly gorgeous and highlighted the best Los Angeles has to offer in the weddings industry.

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View of the Santa Monica Pier from Hotel Casa Del Mar

Hotel Casa Del Mar is a luxurious wonder in Santa Monica. Krystal Moreno managed an exquisite makeover of the Colonnade Ballroom with florals by The Hidden Garden, furniture by 204 events, and overall management by Harmony Walton of The Bridal Bar. This was no shabby Endless Summer remake – rather, it was a fine expression of seasons changing and summer lingering into a deep autumn. 

One of the highlights of the evening was an informative Q&A with the famed Mindy Weiss. From top entertainment trends to resolutions in the midst of chaos, Mindy was enchanting and funny. Bravo to AllSeated and Harmony Walton for organizing such a great segment.

As for our part, we were quite lucky to have our top talent join in the magic. As guests entered into the grand ballroom, Eric Kufs played welcoming love songs on his acoustic guitar.

Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden along with the Island Band transitioned the Q&A to a lovely cocktail hour ambiance.

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 Luca Ellis dazzles the crowd in his Rat Pack crooner style. 

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And the Island Band took it all home with some dancing favorites to round out the night.

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We also want to send as many thanks and hugs to SnapFiesta for providing the 360 Photobooth that kept everyone laughing and having fun all night. SnapFiesta has been a long partner to Entire Productions, providing our clients with some of the best photo booth options. 

What a tremendous memory and even more of an honor to produce. We look forward to many more ventures with everyone we met that night!

– Morgan

Super Bowl Events Recap

And we’re back with Football this fall! Here’s a look back to some of the things we were able to do for The Super Bowl!

With the Super Bowl in our very own hometown of San Francisco, we had the opportunity to work on a whole slew of events in the year leading up to the big day. In an exciting turn of events, we were asked by The Broncos team planner to provide the entertainment for their pre-game and post-game events at The Santa Clara Marriott. Thrilling to say the least! We even shared the backstage greenroom area with Flo-Rida and his crew.

Below are some of the highlights from many of our Super Bowl events.

In November of 2015 we were lucky to work on FAM events for the sponsors and planners making their way to San Francisco for Super Bowl festivities. They visited venues, sampled caterers menus, experienced entertainment—all things they’d need for their events come February 2016. We wrote a piece on those events—see it here on our blog.

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NFL Kickoff Events at Pier 35 with DJ Matteo

We supplied our client Aramark with four delightful and peppy cheerleaders to welcome guests to the NFL Store at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

We supplied our client Aramark with four delightful and peppy cheerleaders to welcome guests to the NFL Store at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

 
One of our favorite events took over 6 months of planning a VIP Super Bowl Party at One Market Street with the great Allied PRA. In a clear tent erected on top of the building overlooking Super Bowl City, it was stunning! We had 3 of our fine artists curate original artwork that they painted by-hand on 99 footballs that were on display, then given to the clients as keepsakes. Then those same artists were on site to paint different scenes from the event, and their canvases went to the corporate office of the client to be displayed to remember the great weekend.
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Custom designed and painted footballs by one of our fine art painters. They were given to clients after the event as a keepsake

The three different designs displayed in the VISA VIP area above Super Bowl City.

The three different designs displayed in the VISA VIP area above Super Bowl City.

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Our three fine artists of different styles painting different scenes at the event itself, after having painted by hand 99 footballs with a San Francisco theme. 

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Natasha and Carina at the Super Bowl Pre-Party at the Bently Reserve.

 
We brought in aerialists and fire dancers for an “Explore the Senses” themed Super Bowl Pre-Party at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
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Fire dancers illuminating the entrance of The Exploratorium as guests arrive.

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Aerialist dangling from the ceiling at The Exploratorium.

For a VIP experience tent at Super Bowl City, we had our favorite Latin guitarist perform. Getting through traffic, barricades, security and into the sold-out crowd was quite an experience for all of our talent.
 
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We had an all-acoustic cover band, Unplugged, perform for a Super Bowl Viewing Party at the W Hotel.
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Natasha stops by Super Bowl City on opening day.

 
Of course the highlight was being asked by The Broncos to plan all of the entertainment for their Pre-Game events and After-Party events for The Super Bowl at the Santa Clara Marriott. Watching the game as we were setting up the stage was a thrill!
 
We had four Face Painters geared up and ready to paint both kids and adults arms, necks and faces with orange and blue broncos for four hours before the game. Then we brought in The 415’s for the main tent stage, DJ Matteo for the VIP players-only lounge, and DJ Celeste for the bar.
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The Entire Productions team before The Bronco’s arrived at their post-game celebration.

 
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Hand- painted cheer on fans and family of The Broncos team.

 
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Pre-game excitement with body paint for fans, friends and family of The Broncos team.

 

A Presidential Event- Hillary Clinton’s Fundraiser

We were beyond delighted when client and friend Jenny Schneider, premier planner of JNS Events, reached out to us for entertainment for a fundraising event for the Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Campaign.

Tesha and Shea having their Broad City moment, for all you avid fans of the show.

Jenny’s vision to engage guests in interactive entertainment was brought to life with collaborative live painting, an empowering caricature drawing station and a custom photo booth that brought guests to the White House.

White House Design – Paint by Numbers by our artist, Peggy

Detail of Hillary Clinton Logo -  Paint by Numbers by our artist, Peggy

Detail of Hillary Clinton Logo – Paint by Numbers by our artist, Peggy

Strong Female Political Figures - Caricatures by our artist Laura

Strong Female Political Figures – Caricatures by our artist Laura

Custom White House Lawn Backdrop - Photo booth by Snap Fiesta

Custom White House Lawn Backdrop – Photo booth by Snap Fiesta

Shea & Tesha “visiting” the White House

Shea & Tesha “visiting” the White House

The event, held in the sunny backyard of a gorgeous Atherton home, showcased a stellar team of vendors, including our dear friends Barbara Llewellyn, Hugh Groman and Yvette Manion of SF Candy Bar.

Red, White & Blue themed candy by SF Candy Bar

Red, White & Blue themed candy by SF Candy Bar

Waiting for Secretary Clinton to take the mic

Waiting for Secretary Clinton to take the mic

It was an exciting honor for Entire Productions to take part in such an impactful event.


Photos by Jeremy Sutton, SnapFiesta, and Shea Ross
– Shea Ross & Tesha Laurente

LA Today

From Los Angeles to San Diego, Entire Productions has officially spread its wings over the California southland the past six months and we’re headed in an exciting direction for event entertainment and even more thrilled to see what happens over the summer ahead.

Below are a few takeaways we have learned from our time in this amazingly vibrant city. So grab a snack, sit back, and enjoy!

1. Los Angeles is HUGE!!!

Natasha and I joked when we first opened shop that you could fit a few San Francisco’s inside Silver Lake; I still think that! I am proud to say that I’m finally getting to the point where I can travel without GPS. I’ve also learned to really love Podcasts and cannot recommend them enough to anyone stuck in a traffic jam. Among my favorites are Behind Party Lines with Marcus Anthony Gray of The Little Gray Book and Deynn Smith of EDGE Event Design & Decor and Bridal Bar Radio with Harmony Walton of The Bridal Bar. Natasha and I have been guests on both!

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Marcus Anthony Gray & Devynn Smith of Behind Party Lines

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Harmony Walton of Bridal Bar Radio (iHeart Radio)

 2. Entertainment in LA is glamorous.

There’s this underlying feeling I get anytime I’m at an event that you could be filmed any minute as an extra during a commercial shoot or a full fledged reality episode. That being said, expert costuming and makeup are CRUCIAL and no detail is missed on any planner. The costuming in this town is gorgeous and honestly, how could anyone expect any less? Paparazzi is everywhere!

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Madame Tussaud’s VIP Night featuring Jason Derulo

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Zen Arts at A Night on Broadway

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JLM Couture Fashion Show

3. Los Angeles is filled with incredibly gracious talent.

Actors are absolutely plentiful in LA, but so are highly talented musicians, dancers, artists, comedians, speakers, circus acts, designers, and the list goes on. It’s no surprise that in this entertainment mecca we have so much variety, but the true reward is how grateful and dedicated the artists are that we have met along the way.

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No Vacancy Orchestra jam session

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DJ David Krieger setting up

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DJs Eko and Induce at the Ace

4. MPI is strong and NACE is on the rise in LA.

I have attended many networking events over the past six months for MPI, ILEA LA, WIPA Southern CA, and various vendor and venue showcases. I’ve met great people through all these groups and really respect all the work they’re doing. For Entire Productions to flourish this upcoming year, we decided to focus our involvement with MPI to establish a firm foothold within this exceptional organization. I will certainly support, sponsor, and attend as many events as I can for all the groups, but I will be spending most of my time working on the MPI Member’s Services Committee with Clint Upchurch from Extraordinary Events and getting to know the new NACE LA.

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WIPA Four Seasons Event

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MPI Beverly Laing Golf Tournament

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The Cream Event

5. The industry is as tight knit as it is in San Francisco. 

As we all know, the events industry is a small world. It’s no different here in Los Angeles and the friends I’ve made have been monumental in our development. Special gratitude goes out to Sandy Hammer and Chantal Le Claire from All Seated for the many wonderful connections. And of course, Mr. Marcus Anthony Gray as well. We’ve also been lucky to have so many connections spillover from San Francisco into LA (like seeing Paula LeDuc Fine Catering at the La Tavola Fine Linen Rental Showcase), and we are doing our best to help our new LA friends make their way up to the Bay as well. 

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PLD + EP in Los Angeles

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EP + TLGBook in San Francisco

6. “We’re so happy to have you in LA!”

Both clients and talent are happy our one-stop-shop of premiere entertainment is here. I am warmly greeted by all that I have met and it never gets old to here how welcomed we are. 

7. LA Venues are amazing!

We started our journey in LA at the very cool LA River Studios. It was great to have a landing place at such a unique and eclectic space. Shawn Sedlacek and Mark Rodriguez really make the place what it is and I highly recommend checking out this venue for so many different party opportunities. Among my other favorites are Millwick in the Arts District, Smashbox Studios in Culver City, The Fig House in Pasadena, Carondelet House in Westlake, Bel-Air Bay Club in Malibu, and I have soooo many more to explore!

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LA River Studios

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Bel-Air Bay Club

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The Fig House

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Millwick

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Smashbox Studios

 8. WFH really means WFC.

“Work from Home” in my world really means “Work from Cafe”. Within the spaces of great food, ambiance and decor, I’ve been able to straddle both San Francisco and Los Angeles event entertainment. Most if not all my recent emails and pings have been sent from the following: Lamill Coffee in Silver Lake, Chango in Echo Park, Zinqué in Venice Beach, Palihouse in West Hollywood, and just about any Starbucks will do for that email on the run. Happily accepting new cafe recommendations any time! #breakfastandwifi #yesplease

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LaMill Coffee 

9. What’s next?

Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates on our whereabouts and happenings. And definitely check back to our Blog to read more about the ins and outs of our super fun and amazing company!

10. Thank you!

Thank you to all of our clients, talent, friends and fans. We couldn’t do it without any of you and are so grateful for all the support. We have so much ahead of us and are merely at the beginning of a very fruitful journey!!!

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Jose Ramirez, AFR Furniture Rental; Clint Upchurch & Mairead Delaney, Extraordinary Events; Me; Marcus Anthony Gray, The Little Gray Book; Gina Wade, Gina Wade Creative

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Morgan Smith

Cheers Everyone!

Morgan