Most people think they have an idea of what an event planner does. They see the TV shows with million dollar weddings and celebrity planners and think most of the day is filled with glitz and glamour.
The truth is planning and producing events is not an easy task. In tough economic times the parties stop, everyone is a bit more cautious and it’s tough for everyone.
Some out there are trying to project the image of the “celebrity event planner” but the truth is many of them are struggling the same as so many other Americans.
I wanted to share with you one of the most honest pieces of information I’ve seen in a long time. Suzi Tozer is an event professional in the St. Louis area. She runs on online group with over 25,000 members representing the best event talent from all over the world. Here is what she shared:
Many of you know that I’m a widow with 3 kids. The US government pays widows social security until the youngest child graduates from high school. My youngest, Angie, graduated this month and with social security ending, I was left with a gaping hole in my monthly income. I have a full-time job that I love as an event planner, but I needed that social security to make ends meet. So I took a deep breath, I swallowed my pride, and took a second job, waiting tables. Remember, I’ve owned an event company & restaurant, am an author of a book, work for a fortune 500 company, but when it comes to paying the bills and sending a child to college, we do what we need to do to keep food on the table and the electric bill paid.
I don’t mind. It’s sort of fun, and I’m counting it as exercise class. Ok, I will admit that at the end of the day, my 55 year old feet hurt much more than they did when I was 20. If you too find the money isn’t stretching as far as it needs to, I hope you are able to put your egos aside, and do what you have to do, with a smile on your face. It will turn around and things will get better.
I’m wishing each of you a successful and productive month. A month that keeps your company strong, salaries paid and your suppliers bills current. A month that means you don’t have to supplement your income with a second job.
What struck me is Suzi is like millions if Americans. We are working hard, not complaining or asking for someone to hand us something. We do what we need to do to provide for our family. Many times people don’t understand how hard we work or why we charge what we charge. It’s important to try to change that and realize that no matter what you do, each one of us is working for our family and our future.
Times are tough. There is no doubt about that, but I think if we all look out for one another and help each other when we can things will change and we will be better for it.
My thanks to Suzi for that reminder….