Much love and many thanks- The Hullabaloo Crew

hu“Much love & many thanks- The Hullabaloo Crew”

I have 45 thank you cards taking over my desk. Sending love and thanks to all of my wonderful vendors from Flagstaff Hullabaloo!

Not only is communication important prior and during an event, but it is even more important after the fact. I’ve learned that in festivals and events, building and maintaining relationships is key. There is so much going on during a festival, that they need to know who to go to with a question or concern. For our vendors, I am that person. I am one of the main images and representations of Hullabaloo. What they think about Hullabaloo, and how they viewed the event has a ton to do with our relationship.

It’s up to me to be there for them before the event, and to make sure they have everything they need. Always being available during the event, checking on them, talking to them, finding interest in what they’re selling, or what information they’re sending out. Then after the fact, I have to maintain that relationship we formed. This way they will come back the following year. Not only that, they’ll want to vend your other events. I can’t begin to tell you how many vendors asked what other events I work, so they could come work with me again. THAT IS KEY! Luckily for the Hullabaloo family, we are in the works of planning a fall festival, and since we do keep touch with our vendors, they’re excited and ready to support us in our new venture.

10 Keys to building and maintaining vendor relationships:

  1. Remember they’re names! They love when you greet them by names. Especially when you have a lot of vendors. It makes them feel important.
  2. Do your best to meet their needs. You’ll always have people who don’t like their booth space, but turn it around into a positive.
  3. Take interest into what information they have/ what they’re selling. It’s their passion…that means it’s yours too. Your vendors will love to give you free stuff. Food, drinks, jewelry, whatever it is they make. Accept it, love it, appreciate it!
  4. Check up on them. Depending on how busy the festival is, I like to make rounds every hour to hour and a half.
  5. Smile and be outgoing, make conversation. They love to talk!
  6. Be organized. Know what goes where, what is going on around them, where things are located. Be prepped and organized form the beginning. I have a binder and divide the applications by: food, general and non-profits.
  7. Do the dirty work. I will haul chairs, tables, tents, sandbags. Vendors find this extremely impressive. Especially being a girl, they like that you’re willing to do the hard work too!
  8. Site maps and booth lists will be your best friends
  9. Help them clean up, and check their spaces
  10. Thank you cards! HAND WRITTEN! A thank you card is essential. A hand written thank you card is golden. Again, it adds that extra personal touch. Makes them feel important. With vendors I have a special connection with, I’ll add something extra like “I love my hat that I bought from you.” or “I hope you enjoyed your stay in Flagstaff.” Anything that sets them apart from the rest of the vendors. Yes, it takes extra time, but the reputation you are building for yourself and the festival is priceless.

I love my festival life, the festival atmosphere, the vendor passions, and bringing community together. Check out Flagstaff Hullabaloo and our soon to be Cornucopia Fall Festival!

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No Sew DIY Fourth of July Spray Paint Tank Top

Love this! 4th of July ready!

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I am going to what is supposedly the most epic 4th of July party in the history of ever (according to every person who’s been in the years before). It is actually a whole weekend event, so when I saw this tank top on Pinterest I figured I had to make it. Unfortunately the picture didn’t have a tutorial attached, so I decided to wing it. My girlfriend and I got together and picked up a couple boy Ts from the Goodwill and stopped by Joann’s for the rest of the supplies.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A plain white T shirt
  • Blue tape
  • Red and blue spray paint (NOTE: it is way cheaper to buy this somewhere besides a craft store! i.e. Lowes, Fred Meyer…)
  • Star stickers
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut your T shirt how you like (For a easy way to fold it so that everything is even see my…

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Always Remember: Yarnell 19

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It’s hard to believe that it has been one year since tragedy hit Arizona. On June 30, 2013 we lost 19 firefighters from the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshot crew who were fighting a fire in Yarnell, Arizona. The news hit hard, and marked a day that will forever leave a spot in our hearts. Take a moment today to remember our fallen heroes. Send thoughts and prayers to those who lost a brother, a boyfriend, a father, a husband, a family member, or a friend. Also give strength to Brendan McDonough, the only survivor. He lost 19 brothers that day, and they’ll always be apart of him. They need endless love and strength not only today, but everyday. I didn’t know any of the Yarnell 19, but my brother and countless friends are hotshots. Every time they’re sent out on a fire, you worry. Say thank you to those who fight for us and protect us.

“When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished.  What he does after that is all in the line of work.”

~Edward F. Croker

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My Backstage Life

I read an article from Themuse.com today. It was called 30 Things to Do for Your Career by 30! It was a very good article with a  lot of good advice. Number 26 hit close to home for me:

26. Keep an Outside-Work-Hours Side Job

Not everyone can land their dream position at 22, so it’s great to keep your passions alive through side gigs—whether they’re hobbies that could eventually make money or income-generating businesses right off the bat. “Considering young professionals can likely count on having periods of unemployment throughout their careers, having a part-time gig to fall back on is crucial,” says Pitts-Kyser. Bonus: You might even learn a skill or two that you can translate into your 9-to-5 job.

My dream and passion is to work in the concert and music industry. I also am well aware of how competitive and hard of an industry that is to get into. With that, I’m beyond blessed to work at Pepsi Amphitheater in Flagstaff as backstage artist relations and hospitality. To say I love my job is a huge understatement. It calls for long hours, planning, prepping, running around, and making sure everyone is happy. I love every single minute! Enjoy a glimpse at my backstage life!

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This place is unreal for me! I am still trying to figure out how I am so lucky to work here. Not only is it the chance of a lifetime, but I get to work with music, an amazing group of people, I have a boss who believes in me more than I do, and I get to grow at the place that started it all for me. (that’s another story)

However, I’ve had to learn to agree with #26 up there that “Not everyone can land their dream position at 22, so it’s great to keep your passions alive through side gigs.” As much as I wish I could work here all of the time, I can’t. So, I will continue to keep my dream alive and my passion growing as I work full time at a desk job. We still have a full schedule of events lined up at the amphitheater, and I will enjoy every waking moment I spend there. The Pepsi Amphitheater is allowing me to turn my dreams into my reality. For that, I am forever thankful!

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Life After Graduatation

ImageWell there you have it, Graduation was here and gone in a blink of an eye. I am officially a graduate from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors in Public Relations and Advertising. I first talked about being nervous and lost about graduating and what comes next. I can’t say much has changed in that department. However, I am completely 110% in love and content with my life.

I’ve come to learn that I don’t always need a plan in life. This has been a struggle to overcome, but in the end, I believe it.

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I may not know where I am going, but I do know where I am, and what I am doing now. I’m beginning to take the paths as they come, learning something new everyday, and enjoying whatever life has to throw at me. I don’t think there is much more you can ask for!

What are your plans?

The future is 45 days away.

Graduation.

After 17 years of schooling, on May 10th, I will be graduating from Northern Arizona University. As I am nearing the end of the semester, and planning my graduation party something hit me. I have become overwhelmed with the weighted question that will soon be coming my way…

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Well heavens to Betsy! That is quite the question, and one that I need to have an answer to. It has been such a heavy thought on my mind lately. Everyone I know is looking for jobs, planning to move away, having interviews, and planning for their futures. I have been feeling a little behind in the planning stages of my future.

This has been driving me crazy for many reasons.

1. I am staying in Flagstaff after graduation

2. I don’t know the exact job I am looking for.

3.I am not interviewing for any jobs.

4. I am not even applying for any jobs.

I managed to calm down when I realized that I have prior commitments I need to finish up here before I can launch forward. I do have plans and goals of what is next for me. I may not be leaving quite yet, or interviewing for the future, but I am still making my path. I have several ongoing projects I am working on. I am learning multiple aspects of the music industry and trying to work as many different entertainment jobs as I can get my hands on.

I reminded myself that I have already committed to working artist relations for The Pepsi Amphitheater concerts, and I am apart of multiple music festivals in Flagstaff and Tucson. Lastly I am apart of bringing the Flagstaff Pro Rodeo to town and bringing Western Heritage home.

What this taught me is that no one person is on the same path. That is the great thing about life. There is no right or wrong answer. It is your life and you get to graze your own path. Don’t compare yourself to other people.

The most important thing for you to do is to follow your dreams. Whatever they may be, and whenever they may take place. Build your path and follow it. 

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