Each day this week, we’re profiling an organizer from a city where we see some great events popping up. Be sure to check out our Facebook page, where we reveal the city each morning, as well as photos, events, and more!
Name: Maddie Gasparinatos
Hometown: Sydney (but hail from Southport, Tasmania)
My Next Event: Portable presents Product Design 2012
Favorite Movie: It’s a toss up between the Sydney-shot “Two Hands” and the movie I learned every line to in the ‘90s, “Cool Runnings”.
Favorite Book: “A Fortunate Life” by A.B Facey.
The Best Event I Ever Attended Was: Harbourlife 2004 – it was my first Sydney festival, with an incredible setting and an Armageddon lightning and rain storm as the event was closing.
Favorite Eventbrite Feature: The huge opportunity for statistics and information gathering. I have a mild obsession with this feature.
Best Event Memory: Holding three sell-out events for Portable presents Scott Belsky in 2011. It was an epic schedule, but so well-received, that we were top-trending on Twitter in each city. Even after hearing the same presentation on three occasions, I was constantly learning more.
My Inspiration for Hosting Events is: The manic side to organizing events and seeing the collective work of numerous people pay off on the day of.
My advice for first-time event planners is: Use spreadsheets – and utilize all the features of Eventbrite.
My worst event experience was: Leaving our signage at my office right before an event. I learned that good friends will leave their own work to sort out your forgetfulness!
Today, I’m going to: Tick everything off my to-do list, try and leave the office at least once and try and converse with at least two random strangers.