Reminder: We Have Similar Goals

I really enjoyed speaking to over 1000 industry colleagues in Las Vegas at the Event Solution’s symposium this Monday. I was reminded more than once the reasons why I love this industry.

Whether you are a beginner or have lots of experience, I was reminded that we are all seeking the same thing:

  • To love what we do some much that it does not feel like work. (If you are one of the lucky ones, bravo to you.)
  • Clients who can appreciate what we do and are willing to pay for it.
  • Endurance to weather the good and bad times. (For most of everyone: last year.)

I felt a sense of pride for being in this industry of entertaining. I felt at one with a very large community of wacky, creative, brilliant folks. My only regret was that I was not able to stay in Las Vegas longer.

As I write this blog, I am on a 16 hour flight to Taiwan, for a public Preston Bailey exhibit we are working on. I just wanted to say thank you to all the folks who came to my speech and also to the many of you who waited patiently for hours in line to get a signed copy of one of my books.

Now, to keep it real, last week I promised you that I’ll tell you the top three Preston screw-ups of all time.  Here’s number three:

3. A few years ago, I learned a very valuable lesson. At the time, a very important celebrity client (who will remain anonymous, but I bet you could guess who) came to me to do an all-futuristic wedding. I told her I thought it was a dumb idea, that this was not a children’s party, but a wedding and she fired me on the spot.

Lesson learned: It’s not your wedding, it’s your clients. Even if you think it, keep your big mouth shut. (Note: eventually she broke off her engagement anyhow.)

I am sure you might have had clients make suggestions you didn’t like. How did or do you deal with it? Also, are you one of those lucky folks who loves their work so much it feels like play?

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