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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!!!