Event professionals usually enter this industry because they (we) are “creatives”. We thrive on creating experiences, creating brand image, creating team spirit, creating nights to remember. Usually, people haven’t gone into the event/PR/entertainment industries because we love legislation… Unfortunately, it’s something that we all come across and have to deal with on a regular basis.
One of my readers sent me an email recently asking me to write a blog on event legislation – things like staging certification, structural requirements for aerial rigging, APRA, traffic specifications, food licensing etc etc.
My business partner has a great saying which I think applies to all industries – “Stick with what you know”. Meaning, everyone has a specialty and it’s best to go to a professional with in depth knowledge about ‘their thing’.
If you are unsure about certain legislations and requirements, I would highly recommend that you either contact the governing body of that sector or surround yourself with highly experienced suppliers that know their stuff. Always best to work with the experts in each field.
If still in doubt, it’s always best to check with your legal guy/girl. I have a few great legal advisors that I consult when in doubt about certain issues.
As far as the ‘stick with what you know’ advise, I think it’s really important to develop relationships with experienced suppliers in all aspects of the event world; catering, equipment hire, technical production, entertainment, staging, venues etc. Linked In is a great platform to start such professional relationships – meeting in person and working together will obviously strengthen these connections and you will then have a great network of top suppliers with similar values that you can trust to execute amazing events with.
I’m always more than happy to meet with like-minded event professionals who would like information on our offering – event entertainment. Feel free to drop me a line if you’d like to chat about how our entertainment solutions can assist with your event requirements.