1. Hello Jodi, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
I started my career working in television for the ABC Network in New York. I first worked in the public relations department. After 7 years in the public relations, I worked on the production team of Live with Regis & Kathie Lee where I assisted our executive producer, Michael Gelman, and his team with various projects. I later moved to California where I worked for MTV on various shows like the VMA’s and Rock n’ Jock. When MTV moved back to New York I stayed in Los Angles to work in TV where I produced award-winning community programs. In 1994, I moved to Las Vegas, NV with my husband and started Sight & Sound Events where I specialise in special event production. My event production for a bar mitzvah and corporate events won me three national awards for event production from NACE.
2. What are your focus areas and why?
My focus areas are the event production. I focus on the details. Communication with my clients and I are very important. Without communication, you have nothing but problems. DJ entertainment, video production, photography and event planning are all in the house and my husband, Patrick and I train our team together.
3. What influences your work? What makes you want to wake up every morning?
My influence is the fact that I can create an event that will make people happy. An event that people will always remember for years to come. When I wake up each morning, I never know what kind of person will call me today and what kind of Las Vegas event they need me to assist them with. It’s the best job in the world as I never have to tell anyone they are sick or dying. I get to party with people!
4. Where do you think you are making an impact?
My biggest impact is in creating memories for people that they will always remember. Long after the cake has been cut people will always remember the fun they had at one of my company’s events we plan for them.
5. Can you share with us more about “Sight & Sound Events”?
Sight & Sound is a full-service event production company that specialises in the production of special events.
6. Where do you see the company in the next 5 years?
The next 5 years will be big for Sight & Sound Events as we expand our services into more design of events. I look forward to.
7. What are some things that most people don’t know about your job?
As glamorous and exciting my job may sound it is EXTREMELY STRESSFUL! There is a tremendous amount of responsibility. Responsibility, as the business owner and running the company. Responsibility, with your team and staff and managing all types of personalities. Responsibility to your client and how you manage them. Their expectations in you are high. There is also a lot of disappointment when a client doesn’t hire you after doing a great proposal or when you make a great connection with someone later to find out they went with someone cheaper. Professional jealousy runs rampant in my industry too. It’s an industry where a lot of people gossip!
8. What can you tell young people who are pursuing their dreams?
Pursue your passion! Don’t let anyone stand in your way. If you want something bad enough then you should go for it. Be knowledgeable in what you want to do. Research that industry. We live in an age where you can connect with your industry and mentor. NETWORKING is huge! I wish I understood the power of networking when I was younger. Join associations. Hang out where those you want to be like hanging out. Go to where the food is as I would say.
9. What are you most excited about at the moment?
Right now, I’m rebranding Sight & Sound Events. I’m designing a new website. Hiring on new talent and branching out with my own extension of the company with JodiHarris.Online I’m excited about all the new technology that is available to get the message out. We live in a great time to be an entrepreneur.
10. The last word or final thoughts?
Treat people like you would like to be treated. Don’t let jealousy get in your way. Don’t listen to people who talk bad about others. Make your own judgement. Always be present and in the moment with them not checking your email or Facebook. Focus on people. Make everyone you meet feel like a ROCKSTAR and you’ll go a long way in business and in life.