Mood: Floral

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Flowers play a big part in what we do here at Together Good Co.

I find that flowers not only brighten a dressing room space, but even a regular production office backstage at any event.

My favorite is when I see a beautiful and often unexpected floral arrangement sitting on the desk of a receptionist, as you enter a production office backstage. It just brightens the atmosphere and elevates the mood of everyone walking past it in the office.

So here’s some floral inspiration, to give you fuel for you day, no matter where you may be!

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credit: sergey schmidt

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credit: leigh kendell

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credit: annie spratt

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credit: zane lee

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credit: caroline ingebrigtsen

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credit: annie spratt

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credit: lizzie on unsplash

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I often post photos of my current floral inspiration (among other event related photos :)

But it’s true, I just love beautiful floral arrangements!

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Behind the Scenes: What I Actually *Do* in T.V. Production...

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“So what exactly do you do in T.V. production? Like what does that mean? Production? Producer?”

 I get asked that question almost once a week, from all kinds of people.

It’s true, the word “Production” can have a wide variety of meanings across different genres of careers and businesses.

But in the world of entertainment, it’s best summed up as:

“The process of or financial and administrative management involved in making a movie, play, or record.”

(credit: Google Dictionary)

 

In simpler terms, it’s ‘how things get made’.

A majority of the “producing” I do in my world of T.V. production boils down to administration.  

I’m often referred to as a “Production Manager”. Which means, I may end up simply overseeing a specific department (celebrity dressing rooms) or a larger aspect of an entire television show or event.

So, if the end goal is to have an award show with 10 to 15 musical acts, there has to be some meticulous planning involved.

Someone has to book the venue, the crew, the performers, talk to the performer’s management, schedule meetings, oversee multiple departments, manage a very large budget, and just a few hundred other details…Ee!

And this is all considered a part of the term “Production” in my world.

I didn’t learn how to do this all at once—administrating the logistics for multiple departments in the entertainment industry, but accumulated the skillsets over a period of years.

Think of a wedding.

Now think of all the components it takes to create a successful wedding ‘event’.

·      Venue

·      Catering

·      Floral

·      DJ

·      Photographer

·      Officiant

·      Etc. :)

 

With an event such as a wedding, many opt to have an event/wedding planner overseeing all the administrative aspects of the event to make sure it all happens seamlessly, and without the bride and groom stressing over extra details on their special day.

Well, in my world of events and T.V. production- the premise is the same, to oversee, administrate, and streamline the planning and execution of a show. Often my televised events will be larger in scale compared to a wedding, but the end goal is the same: To have a memorable, impactful, and successful event.

But in essence, it’s still an event that needs to be planned and managed.

A great way to start to understand the workflow of working in T.V. and events, is to simply start interning and/or start with an entry level position, such as becoming a production assistant.

Years ago, someone took a chance on me and helped me enter this amazing world of entertainment. I had help when it came to figuring out the ‘lay of the land’, while also having plenty of opportunities to learn by trial and error amidst the successes. But wow, sooo many beautiful lessons learned. And now it’s my turn to give back!

Want to learn more about events and T.V. production? Or better yet, want to actually start working backstage at events in Los Angeles or even locally in your hometown?


Then you might want to join my online community here:

 

I’d love to meet you!

 

Fun little secret: It's actually easier than you think to start working in the world of entertainment and events....even locally. Specifically when you have the right advice, tips, and community with you each step of the way!

3 TIPS: How to Start Working Backstage in the Entertainment Industry

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I often get asked: “Who’s the worst celebrity you’ve ever worked with backstage…??”

But the question I get asked, just as much as that is: “How did you actually get into that world of entertainment??”

I’ve loved sharing my journey with countless people across the nation-- about how I broke into the world of television production and events.  

I didn’t have a famous uncle or a special hook-up that put me on the fast track, but instead, through trial and error, and over a period of years, I was able to make a career out of working backstage in television and events.  

But now, my heart is to make the journey easier and a bit less complicated for those about to step into this field.

So here we go, My Top 3 Tips on How to Start Working Backstage in the Entertainment Industry!

  

1.    Know the Type of Events You Enjoy…

Yes. This is actually important.

Because if you don’t enjoy or have a genuine interest in the environment that you’ll be working in, your work ethic will be lackluster at best.

Not sure what events you love the most?

Here are some clues to help you find out:

What events do you look at the most on social media? Weddings, concerts, comedy shows, celebrity culture shows, award shows, sporting events etc.?

Or what are your current favorite television/streaming shows?

Now you don’t have to get “locked” into a particular type of event, but this just becomes a good starting point as you begin to pursue work in this field.

 

2.    Reach Out!

As you know, jobs rarely just land in your lap.

You’ll need to do a bit research.

Find at least 3 companies producing the type of event that you are into or are curious about.

Most TV production and event planning companies can be found with a quick and decent Google search.

After you’ve found your 3 companies, then it’s time to be Brave.

Be sure to have a solid resume ready to send along with a brief yet impactful email.

Pro Tip:  Ask if you can possibly intern or shadow a key employee for one of their upcoming events.

(To get a free email template for reaching out, click here!)

 

3.     Lastly, Have a Connection

I Knowww. But don’t roll your eyes or get discouraged just yet!

There’s some truth to the old saying,…. “It’s often about who you know…”

It is also abut WHAT you know as well. Make no mistake.

Being resourceful, smart, a problem solver, someone with kind manners, etc. will serve you quite well in the world of TV production and entertainment events.

I’m keenly aware that my entry into the world of entertainment became much easier, once I had a connection, mentor, and a personal guide helping to lead me each step of the way. Someone to warn me of the pitfalls and to also give me tried and true direction when the momentum began to build.

Now after my decade long journey in the world of entertainment, I have so much more knowledge than I once did, and tools of how to navigate the world of Entertainment & Events, and I’m excited to share them with you.

And with that said, YOU can consider ME your personal connection into the world of entertainment. YES. For Real :)

You no longer have to wait, while someone else gets another opportunity that you could have only dreamed of.

You don’t have to say….”Maybe someday”  Today can actually be the day!

So are you curious enough to try?

Ready to have a personal coach and guide into the world of entertainment and events?

If so, I’d love to be that motivating sister-friend for you!

To get connected to me and my monthly updates, pro-tips, and stories you can click here!

Talk Soon!

  

P.S. Oh, and nope, I’m not gonna tell you the worst celebrity I’ve worked with backstage….but I’m pretty sure you could guess…Ha!....

How a "Backstreet Boy" Got Me Into the Entertainment Industry....

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“EveryBODAYYYYYYYY - yeahhhhhh!

Rock your BODAYYYYY - yeahhhhhh!

EveryBODAYYYYYYY - Rock. Your. Body. RIGHT.

Backstreet’s BACK, ALRIGHT!”

Tell me you aren’t humming that song now. If so, my job here is done.

Rewind to a teenage Patrice that finally found a boy band she could truly get behind and support. And more specifically, possibly her future husband.

These were lofty dreams for an 18 year old, but you know what—even then, I believed that nothing, seriously nothing was impossible.
 

Fast forward to an opportunity to see a live music television taping in Los Angeles, for a show called “Motown Live” - we somehow got a flier on Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade. The hook on the advert was that the “Backstreet Boys” might be at one of those tapings.

So my best friend and I went to this taping….a taping that would soon change my life.

I ended up asking a random camera man at this “Motown Live” taping how does one get to work backstage at a show like this? And he told me a real answer and a classic step I tell all those trying to break into my field to this day.

To note…the Backstreet Boys never ever appeared on that show.

But over 10 years later….yes TEN. YEARS. LATER….While working for the same production company that produced “Motown Live” all those years ago, I was finally able to hear the “Backstreet Boys” at a rehearsal and a live TV show taping (a TV show that I happened to be production managing) and meet the one-time love of my life, Kevin Richardson, as seen in the photo above.

So what’s the takeaway?

Well, I’m a firm believer that all things work together for good. Yes, even those random teenage crushes you might have had.

There may have been a hard lesson to learn with those experiences, OR like in my case, a door that was just waiting to be opened…

To learn more about that incredible tip the camera man told me all those years ago— the one thing that broke open the door for me to have a career in television production, feel free to join my online community:

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Also, fun side note: All my co-workers and bosses made sure I was front and center when “BSB” was doing their rehearsal. Literally one of the best moments of my life. Also, thank you Brian Littrell for the serenade. #WHATISLIFE


Lifestyle: Where I Country Line Dance

 

I know.

I get asked a LOT about how I even got into country line dancing.

But I had a dad that loved John Wayne, NASCAR, rodeos, and all things country western.

It was almost inevitable that I would end up here. 

And at 4 years old, when I stepped foot into my first dance studio, I was completely hooked. Dancing would forever be a part of my heart and my life.

But it was my dad that had the most influence on me when it came to cowboy culture.

In fact, my dad bought me my first pair of cowboy boots.⠀

But I know what you’re thinkinggg….

But yassss, there were actually Black cowboys back in the day AND my dad was a fan of the present day @ComptonCowboys

Now, I frequent a variety of country dance halls in Southern California.

But where do I go mostly?

Well…the place where I truly learned to line dance and country two-step, and where you might just see my name written on a pair of jeans hanging on the wall (true story) is the Cowboy Palace Saloon about 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles.

 I know. The name is iconic.

 The people are one-of-a-kind.

 And the place holds so much history.

 You already know how much I love live music – heck, that’s why I’ve chosen a career that allows me to be surrounded by music almost on the daily.

With that said, the Cowboy Palace continues its tradition of featuring great live country music throughout the entire week: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

And on those days, there’s always folks on the dance floor.

To this day, I refer to this place as my second home—I’ve celebrated birthdays there, had major dance crushes, had my heart broken, overcame my fear of looking foolish, reconnected with my joy of dancing, and gained a whole new community of friends that feel more like a dance family.

If you’re ever in the L.A. area, I highly recommend you and a friend stop by the Cowboy Palace—and tell ‘em Patrice sent you!