We’re delighted to have interviewed freelance event director Hannah Luffman for this month’s member spotlight, who talked to us about the boss’s wedding and creating a workspace for event profs with babies and puppies…
1. What’s the one thing about working in events that gets you out of bed in the morning?
The variety. I don’t think there is any job in the world that can offer such a broad range of things to do, or throw such curveballs into your beautifully planned day!
2. What single project or task would you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?
I organised my CEOs wedding in the South of France last year. It was my biggest accomplishment both in terms of pure scope of the event but also because I was so personally invested. I cried my eyes out when they got up to dance. It was incredibly overwhelming.
3. What’s the biggest career regret you have, if any?
Not going freelance sooner. There is always a 1000 reasons not to and I battled with them for nearly a year. This is now the happiest (and most successful) phase of my career to date.
4. What have you done professionally that was a success, but isn’t an experience you’d want to repeat?
Managed kosher catering! The first time I did it I was completely over my head, despite the client thinking I was completely in control! It is so incredibly complex and takes a lot of preparation. I would never do it again without a fully certified Kosher caterer to manage it.
5. Is it better to be perfect and late, or good and on time?
Neither. It is better to ask for an extension on time because perfect work takes time. If you have to chose be good and on time. Lateness is lazy and rude.
6. What’s your definition of hard work?
Giving as much as you possibly can. That is not the same for everyone. Some people have 16 hours a day, some have 8 and some just have a few precious hours in the middle. Work as hard as you can within the time that makes sense for you.
7. If I were to interview everyone you’ve worked with, what words would they most frequently use to describe you?
Passionate, driven, emotional.
8. Who’s the smartest person you know personally or professionally? Why?
Luckily it’s the same person. I had a wonderful mentor when I first entered the business and she gave me the best advice I could ever have, “Work hard, be kind to everyone, and remember, its just a job.”
I really need that when I have anxiety at 2am over something I can do nothing about.
9. If you were given £250,000 to build a new business, what would you do?
I would open a working space for freelancers who have puppies and babies! I don’t want a social coffee club while I am working but I do want somewhere that allows me to combine home and work. This is not just so I never have to leave my puppy. It gives women and children a structured place to work while still being a hands on mum.
10. What’s the biggest decision you’ve had to make in the past year? Why was it so big?
The decision to go freelance. Of course the usual fears of stability and guaranteed work are the biggest concerns. I have had to do a lot of networking and put myself out there on hundreds of emails and calls to make it so successful.
11. Tell us one thing that no-one knows about you?
I am terrified of the dark. OK my mum and my boyfriend know that. It can completely paralyse me if I am alone. My iPhone torch is my best friend.
12. What’s something you’d be happy doing every single day for the rest of your career?
Writing. Just sitting in a little office, with a big window, writing.
To connect with Hannah you can visit her Linkedin page by clicking here.