Did you change anything?
Yes, after Season 1 I lost 15 pounds. I like the way I looked and I incorporated bow ties into my wardrobe and there I began to launch my new bow tie line. I went from straight ties to bow ties.
What event/client was you most excited about planning?
There were two, John Legend, because he is my all time favorite and Vanessa Williams because I love her too!
Is everything we see on the episodes real situations that happen with clients?
Actually they toned it down. It was all real and all real situations, but they didn’t show the drama. It was a lot of drama that we really didn’t see. Well there was a lot of drama between Jasmine and I because we are very strong people and there was drama between Chef Roblé because I am the event director and I want things to go a certain way.
On the show there are many conflicts between you and Roblé, what do you think is the issue with the kitchen staff and the creative team?
I don’t think there was a lot of miscommunication, I believe it had to do with timing, there timing and my timing.
What do you think inspiring event planners can take from your 20 years’ experience in event planning?
Enjoy yourself as much as possible; if you are not enjoying yourself then you need to get out of it. 20 years flew by me and when somebody, during the taping of Season 1, asked me how long I have been in the business, I had to think about it and I was shocked because I have been enjoying what I do. So, if there was anything someone was to take from it, is that if it doesn’t bring you joy, this is the wrong business to be in because it takes a lot of your time, it is very time consuming.
What do you think clients would say is your best quality when planning events? Do you agree?
I think my best quality is my ability to bring organization to events and my willingness to bend over backwards to get the job done. I started from the bottom of the line in catering, so I’m not opposed of grabbing a ladder and fixing something or moving something around, so when a client asks me what they want I have the ability to listen and give them an overall picture as to how to make that happen.
What is your advice on how to break in the industry?
Learn the 9 to 5 first and when you can wake up and be there on time and learn the ropes and I mean be there on time, because when you’re the boss and you own it you have to be there before your staff and when a client has a question and you’re not there it looks bad and your team will not respect you.