An Event-ful Conversation: Luis

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) It’s funny when I take time to think back about the first signs that I wanted to become an event planner because in the moment I was completely blind to them. I would have to say the first series of signs take me all the way back to high school, when I loved being involved in student council because we planned prom and all the student events. Even when I was captain of the cross-country team, the most enjoyable aspect for me was planning our practices and team bonding events (sorry, Coach!). It wasn’t until my sophomore year at UT when I realized that I’d rather be working on the festival I oversaw than calculating the time value of money (haha)! I’m very blessed to have been able to intern with Red Velvet Events to confirm my love for events and I’m so happy to get to do events every day.
 
Q) How did you learn about Red Velvet Events?
A) I learned about RVE in the winter of 2014 when I attended the McCombs LeaderShape Institute, a 6-day business and leadership camp. Cindy was on a panel on the last day with a couple other McCombs alumni and she spoke about following your passion and breaking out of the traditional business student track. I didn’t speak to her then because she had a giant line of people waiting to speak to her (if you know Cindy, you understand why) but RVE was in the back of my mind until a year and half later when I decided to pursue RVE’s internship position along with other event planning companies. After being offered positions at other companies before RVE, I took a risk and turned the other companies down because I knew that I wanted to be at Red Velvet Events. Fast forward to today, I’m so grateful for that decision and to be a part of this Team full-time.
 
Q) RVE’s love for Austin is well known. What’s your very favorite thing about Austin?
A) I bleed burnt orange and all my solo pics must have my horns in the air (thank goodness, otherwise what would I do with my hands in pics?!). The University of Texas is my absolute favorite thing about Austin. During my time at the University, I had a myriad of experiences. From celebrating different cultures to mourning with my fellow Longhorns, I could not have asked for a better college experience. Thanks UT & hook ‘em!
 
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 clean Lady Bird Lake until it was crystal clear water. You can never have enough swimming locations and Lady Bird Lake would be perfect oasis in the city. Also, I tend to fall a lot when I do stand-up paddle boarding so a clear lake would be less worrisome.
 
Q) Everyone says they’re detail oriented. But what secret trait about you really demonstrates your commitment to order and details? (for example, do you separate cold and non-cold items before you check out at the grocery store, or do you color code your socks?) 
A) I spend an obnoxious amount of time on my Instagram Stories (the posts that disappear in 24 hours). I think about every single post as an opportunity to show others the wonderful City of Austin and why everyone should come visit. Each picture takes about five minutes because first, I take all the shots, then pick about seven to ten images that create a story for the adventure. Then I edit the images, one by one, that includes the usual tools like brightness, contrast, cropping, but also some more fun tools like brilliance, and black point. After the images are ready, I set a different text style for each story so some may just be block text, while others include cursive and fun colors. That is the hardest and most time-consuming part because I’m so picky about how my freehand looks. The odd fun part for me though, is seeing the images disappear after 24 hours because it’s kind of like a “limited edition product” and you have to see it within the window before it’s gone.