An Event-Ful Conversation: Jason
Every event professional at Red Velvet Events is an invaluable part of a dynamic team. In our “An Event-Ful Conversation” blog series, you’ll get to know these amazing people a little better. Learn how they got into this fast-paced industry, how they manage mega-level multitasking and what special skills they bring to the table to help RVE Outplan. Outplay. Outparty!
Q) Everyone has that “Aha!” moment in their life when they figure out what they really wanted to do as a career. What was the first sign that you were meant for the events and meeting industry?
A) After starting my first job right out of graduate school, I decided to make a list of all of the things I liked most about the job and the things I liked least about the job. What was interesting about these lists was that the things I liked least about the job were all the things I went to grad school for and the things I liked the most were all event planning duties. The light bulb immediately went off in my head, especially when I started to reflect on my history in events. I grew up working in my mother’s small business that specialized in special event decorating, I ran for class president every year in high school just so I could be the person to plan the prom and senior trip and I am constantly planning in my free time. Sometimes the best path is right in front of your face and you don’t even realize it!
Q) How did you learn about Red Velvet Events?
A) After I had my “aha moment” mentioned above, I decided to research local companies in the event industry to start to create a career plan that would have me transition from my old line of work into full time event planning. Of all of the websites I visited, Red Velvet Events stood out the most to me. I felt that I could really get an honest sense of the company culture as well as the reputation for excellence RVE is known for. I continued to follow RVE for years via its website, social media and local news and always knew it was a place I needed to be. Luckily for me, I’ve finally found my place here!
Q) RVE’s love for Austin is well known. What’s your very favorite thing about Austin?
A) There is so much to love about Austin and my favorite thing about Austin changes pretty frequently. My current favorite thing about Austin is the way so many app based services launch in Austin before a lot of other major cities in the US. My current obsession is grocery delivery via Instacart. As someone who dreads trips to the grocery store, I am not lying when I tell you it has changed my life. I cooked an entire Thanksgiving spread from scratch for 6 people and never stepped foot in a grocery store for any of the ingredients. Have you ever been in a grocery store the week of Thanksgiving? It’s a nightmare! I did my Thanksgiving shopping on my iPhone while watching Real Housewives in my pajamas and in two hours the groceries were at my doorstep. Food delivery, ride sharing, and other app based services we enjoy here have made me a much happier (and lazier, let’s be honest) person.
Q) Nothing’s perfect – not even our beloved city. If money and time were no object, what’s the one thing you would change about Austin?
A) I would either build a comprehensive metro/subway system that covered the entire city or outlaw all cars from being on the road (with the exception on mine and the car that is delivering my groceries).
Q) Everyone says they’re detailed-oriented. But what secret trait about you really demonstrates your commitment to order and details?
A) Most people use vacation as an opportunity to relax and unwind and to not keep a schedule. I am the complete opposite; my vacations are even more scheduled than my day to day life and are organized just as meticulously and thoroughly as the programs I plan. Anytime I travel I create a very detailed multi-page itinerary with color coding and every hour of every day is accounted for. Once the itinerary is finalized, I use “street view” on Google maps to see the routes I will be walking while sight seeing so that when I get to my destination the streets will look familiar and I won’t have to have my face buried in a map. If I travel to a country where English menus aren’t readily available on restaurants websites, I either translate the menu on Google Translate or contact the restaurants and have them email me an English menu because I want to have already decided what I will order before I even arrive in the country. I watch other travelers’ Youtube video tours of hotel rooms to get a real peak at what hotels really look like (as opposed to the photos posted on hotels’ websites). I could go on forever about my dissertation level of research and my meticulous itineraries, but I can tell you that if I am this detailed oriented in my leisurely time you can only imagine how detail-oriented I like to be at work.