Former freelancer owns an agency that specializes in helping event planners bridge the gap between the event's technical requirements and their vision.
What do you do? I own Blue Danube Productions, an agency that specializes in helping event planners bring ideas to life and bridge the gap between the technical requirements and their vision. That includes orchestrating video, video capture, video content creation, projection, audio, lights, stage design, staging, consultation and production management to ensure every moment is as amazing as imagined. Our recent events include a “Mad Men”-themed gala for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the MOHAI grand opening activities, and five Pacific Science Center specialty events, including one at the Paramount that featured Stephen Hawking.
How did you get started? Growing up in the theater world, I started working as a freelance producer when my kids were small. A little over five years ago, when they got into their early teens, I stopped freelancing and started my own company with my mobile phone, desktop computer, business cards and some really great relationships. The company has now grown to a team of seven full-time employees and a 2,000-square-foot office in the Sodo district.
What’s a typical day like? After a quick synopsis of the goals for the day, the team settles in for a day of emails, phone calls, design, brainstorming and problem solving, knowing there will be some comical turns along the way.
What’s the best part of the job? I love that no two days are alike at Blue Danube Productions. I spend time with an amazing team of talented people creating and designing flawless events. We get to meet new clients and collaborate with established clients on new ideas. It’s dreaming of how we could do something new, different or better, and putting it all together on a show. Be it corporate, private, small program to full-blown production — it’s all fun.
What surprises people about your job? People are sometimes surprised to learn that Blue Danube Productions is a fast growing, woman-owned company. The past five years have been tough on many companies, but I have been able to expand into a national market, hire new employees and turn a profit. People are also surprised to learn that I did all of this while raising two teenagers. It is a balance between professional and personal life and having the right people to help out with both.