Skill Highlight: Event Planner

Every day on SkillPages more and more people are adding their skills.  As SkillPages caters for such a wide variety of skills each member has a unique story and that’s why we love hearing their stories.

We recently came across Sabrina Low’s portfolio on SkillPages and caught up with her to see how she has transformed and developed her passion into a successful event business.

Tell us a bit about yourself? 
I currently own two companies, one being a property development company and the other an events company.  I have been an event planner for over 11 years now and I quickly found a passion for creating an event and organizing to the very last detail. Event planning is not only my full-time job but also my passion. I thoroughly enjoy making my clients vision come to life!

How has your skill developed over the years? 
Over the years my skill has developed as my confidence grows.  I am a very creative person, a very driven person and I take great pleasure in learning from my suppliers and fellow event planners alike.  The beauty of being in this industry is that I’m constantly learning as new things are being developed all the time.

Where does your inspiration come from? 
My inspiration comes from my friends, family, my children, fashion, culture, fabric, television, movies, and iconic people like Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Humphrey Bogart.  My favourite theme for an event has to be vintage as I’m heavily inspired by the likes of Chanel and the 1920’s.  I take inspiration from everything and everyone and always have my camera and diary with me as inspiration hits you when you least expect it!

Who has been most influential in your skill? 
I would say that I have been the most influential in my skill as I am the person who decides to take that leap of faith and try something new and fresh or even revive a classic.

Is most of your business generated online or is it more word of mouth?
For my business it’s a little bit of both right now.  But I would have to say that both my website and my online portfolio have really helped me to showcase my work and skills both to suppliers and potential clients.  It’s a fast and easy way to get yourself out there and get noticed.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in event planning?
Be calm and be brave.  It’s a tough industry to get into but once you start it’s a rollercoaster. One thing that you should always remember is to have fun and listen to your clients. It’s important to keep in mind that all events are not about you but about what you can do for your client and how you capture their vision.  How you represent your client in an event is very important.

Apart from event planning, what new skills would you like to learn?
I would love to learn to ride a bike (hands over eyes). Yes, you heard me, I cannot ride a bike! I’d love to skydive, take scuba diving lessons and do an advanced driving course with Mercedes. 🙂

Thanks Sabrina for sharing your story!

Event planners from around the world

For a sample of more event planners on SkillPages click the links to view their great portfolios:
Romsha Singh from Mumbai is richly experienced in event production and has a very strong resource network.  Nicolaas Bosman from Rustenburg specialises in event planning for weddings, private functions and Christmas parties.  Lauren Cameron from Massachusetts has been an event planner for over six years and has experience in hosting workshops, night club events and conferences.  Lallit Nayyar from Shimla Colony has managed both private and corporate events from weddings, theme parties to client coordinating.

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Posted on September 21, 2012, in Skill Highlight and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Sounds good. I’ll set up a few things to show, and maybe I’ll be adding myself to your directory too. =)