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Thursday, 17 July 2014
2Inspire Network Profile: Event Planner and Manager Charley Jai
Former actress turned Event Planner and Manager, Charley once managed MonologueSlam UK (London) produced by TriForce Promotions where she introduced the ‘artist performance slot’ for musicians, dancers and other such performers to showcase their skills in a segment much for the entertainment of the audience, which would also serve to have the artist seen by professional industry persons. Charley booked a variety of talents for this slot including Duane Lamonte (from UK vocal harmony group Brick City), Rapper Luc Skyz, street dance crew Boadicea and British comedian Jason Patterson. Charley has co-coordinated events for many years and has worked alongside the likes of NLPR UK Ltd (www.nlpruk.com) and Deal with D.V. www.dealwithdv.co.uk). Read more about her incredible journey below.
Please tell us what is a typical business
day for you?
Usually starting at 5am, as I freelance
within various fields of media and entertainment, nothing is ever really
typical about my day. Emails are checked and priorities a set in the shape of a
check-list. After a strong coffee I then begin completing the tasks set and
these can be anything from having to carry out research for journalism or
drafting the structure for a segment of my online show. I try to finish my day by
7pm so that I can get a decent amount of shut-eye too however, that is the one
thing I rarely achieve.
What made you want to work in media and
entertainment and what steps did you take to start operating freelance in these
As a youngster I was surrounded by a very
creative family and also friends who inevitably had me take an interest. While
at Secondary School I threw myself into my drama and English lessons where I
developed performance and written skills. Once I realised my passions I then
spoke with my drama teacher about how I could develop and she mentioned Theatre
Royal which was local to the school. I later auditioned for their youth theatre
and was given a place. I was just 13 or 14 when I joined. I went on to use my
gift-of-the-gab to talk to anyone and everyone I met while at Theatre Royal and
began to build my network; contacts.
What would you say has been your greatest
accomplishment within media and entertainment to date?
Hmm.. I’d like to think the greatest is
yet to come to be honest. I have achieved so much and mostly by putting myself
forward through a fear of not knowing what may or may not be in my career.
Landing my own radio show was huge as I had never hosted radio before,
presenting on-screen for the first time was definitely a big deal, launching my
very own initiative, Change the Stereo which
has produced short film ‘Pass the Comb’ (shown on the community TV channel in
April 2014) had a huge impact on me too! So, I cannot pinpoint one thing and I
quite like that actually. I feel incredibly blessed to have reached certain
goals especially where I have been able to share the success of such with
others. What has been your biggest challenge in business so far?
Trust! I do not find it easy to trust
people at all and so, I tend to do a lot on my own. This can be both a good
thing and something which holds you back. The sense of fulfillment from having
accomplished a goal through your own efforts is just amazing however; there are
times where the process can be made so much shorter and far more enjoyable with
others on board. It’s a difficult one for me but, I believe I’m getting better.
Although incredibly small, I have put together a team for my new online show. (www.youtube.com/TheRealTalkTVSeries)
What are your future plans in media and
To be the absolute best I can be at every
opportunity I am blessed with and in doing so to continue providing
opportunities for others.
If you had to do it all over again, what
would you do differently?
Absolutely nothing because, I fully
believe that every choice and action I have made (right or wrong) has led me to
the very place I’m at today for which I am incredibly grateful.
Why is it so important to inspire young women
in particular to follow their dreams?
For me, it is important to inspire
everyone irrespective of their gender or background because, such is what
motivates us to go out there and pursue our goals with confidence and self
belief. I do not believe young women are any more in need of that than the more
mature woman or boys and men.
What advice would you give to somebody who
wants to start a business in your industry?
Research absolutely everything, gain
complete understanding of your chosen area, network like it’s your full time
job, be humble, stay focus, surround yourself with positively driven
individuals, eat three healthy meals a day, try to get a decent amount of sleep
each night and finally, go with your own
instincts but be smart with the choices you make!
What or who inspires you in business and
Fear of failure is my drive to be honest and anyone
who is succeeding, especially those who show humility and look to help others achieve.
What is your favourite inspirational
is one of my very own but, I do love it (ha-ha): Let nothing and nobody stop you from boldly walking through any door of
your choice because, that might just be the very step which will see you
potentially achieve your biggest goal.