“Myths and Creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.” -Ansel Adams
And these struggles have a defined presence in the world of Event Planning. If you’re an Event Planner, you know what I’m talking about, because you face these stereotypical remarks every day. Some even go to the extent of asking, “Event planning? It’s a hobby, right? What’s your real job?” and it’s the existence of this mentality that led to the existence of this blog. Let’s start with the first one, the ‘is it a real job’ thingy.
Event Planning is a job for Everyone!
No. Nope. Nada. As clear as that. For starters, organizing birthday parties is not the only job we do. As a matter of fact, event planning requires a person to have the traits of an artist, an entrepreneur, and a manager at the same time. Event planners usually complete their event management degree, and step into the industry only after an extensive work experience. Some of them even go for further studies in the same, like the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). So, if anyone ever asks you if it’s a “real job”, you’ll have a degree, a heavy resume, and a five-digit salary to answer that for you.
It’s so much fun! Not.
Possibly, the only fun thing about the job is the result, the end product, the event itself. Everything before that is one big ball of stress. Tight schedules, unimaginable deadlines, following up on hundreds of people, setting up meetings, and the worst of all, getting people to work – that sounds like everything but fun to me. And even after all that, you never know how much it’ll be appreciated because a thousand people will have a thousand ways of judging the event. Stating statistics, it’s been found that around 80% of event organizers dealt with stress issues at their jobs. On the flip side, though, 87% were content and happy with their jobs and 90% said they’d recommend it as a career option. Bad, eh?
You have Flexible Work Hours AND You’re Complaining?
Yes, because “flexible work hours” definitely eliminates the 9 to 5 routine, and brings along taking urgent calls during meals, responding to emails while on an outing, and sending texts while watching TV. Event planning takes you places, literally, and you get to meet a lot of new people and eat exotic food. But, you never get to sit back and relax because the work is not done till the event is. It was found out that many event planners work up to 17 hours a day, and some even go on to pulling all-nighters for four nights in a row to make the event a success. How well are you enjoying holding on to you 9 to 5 job, then?
Cha Ching and Ba Bling!
It’s widely believed that event planners are all about glamour and money. To a certain extent, that is true, but ‘all about’ is a definite myth. Now, since you know the number of hours and days we have to put together to earn those dollars, you’ll realize that the amount we make per hour is not something that qualifies as “well paid”. Event planning is an exciting job filled with thrilling experiences, which is why spectators only see the glitter on the stage. But, nobody realizes how many efforts it took at the backstage to make it happen.
Superficial, Carefree, Frivolous – that’s an Event Organizer
This one’s the last and the biggest myth about us. The very job of an event planner is to make the best out of whatever they get. It’s our specialty to pull off a grand event even with a stringent budget. Because we are well connected with professionals in every domain, it is easier for us to arrange for the best services under the budget constraint. The market being constantly on the rise, event planners have to struggle to keep their purses’ strings tight. You might want to reconsider those adjectives now, wouldn’t you?