Event Magazine – Letter to my Younger Self

Nick, our CEO was featured in this month’s Event Magazine with a few words of advice for his younger self

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Dear Nick,

Right now you’ll be studying, and at this moment you’re probably at work in the dizzy heights of the janitorial team at a TV company in Camden.
Well, I’m writing this letter to help guide you through some of the obstacles that you will face and in an attempt to avoid some pitfalls. You’re at the height of your ‘rebellious’ phase right now which you should reign in. However, that stubbornness and determination will assist you in dealing with some difficult situations to come!

So far in your 18 years, you’ve done quite a bit of work towards your future career. You’ve already set up a small independent mobile car wash, sold art door to door in Australia (that lasted a day) and importantly, you’ll have started working on club nights by now.

You’ve always been fascinated by music and creating, promoting and producing great experiences for people to enjoy in their down time. This will develop into a career in events and whatever you’re working on; you’ll love the industry, albeit with its challenges.

Remember though Nick, along with the fun side of your work you need to get going and you will have to take huge risk. Even though events won’t be seen as profession when you start out – stick with it as things will change for the better. You’ll want to start your own agency as soon as possible but before you do, try and get some experience in an established outfit as this will help you become a little less green.

Along the way, you will meet some people who become massively important to your career success, who have given you a chance and who you’ll thank in years to come. Dave McCalmont believed in the agency’s work in big festivals, Paul Thandi will be an invaluable mentor to you and a good friend. As well as Rob Dudley who has been with you since the student union days. He will be there when you’re building The Fair and your team, especially Alan, Jodie and Louise, who will be your most important asset.

You will also meet a few promoters who ask you to help fund their projects including one such German who will owe you a lifetime’s money and this will be one of the toughest life experiences as you face a horrific year trying to save everything you have worked for. However, listen to me and believe when I say: once you get over that year, it will end up being one of the best professional experiences you will face as it transforms your view and business as you will become so focused.

Also remember as you get older you CANNOT do the splits after 10 pints and you will enjoy wearing some decidedly questionable clothing stating it’s fashion. Buy a mirror!

You may well think you know best, but take it from someone older and wiser – learn, push yourself, be a good friend and remember to take a bit of time off occasionally…

Take care mate,