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Daily Inspiration: Meet Rory Pollinger

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rory Pollinger.

Hi Rory, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Wow, well that is a big question! It’s been a journey and an evolution. I started out as an Emcee for live events. Working for Yahoo! Movies on the red carpet was a highlight. This then led me to a few public speaking engagements which led me to being (for many) sort-of like a spiritual support shoulder to lean on. After hosting 1000s of private events and parties, my clients started asking me… “Hey, Rory you are so easy to work with… can you just do everything?”. Parties bring up a great deal of fear for most people, so event planning was a way of combining all of my talents. Spiritual support, design, hosting, love of art, cuisine, music, dancing… Not really knowing fully if I could … I decided to take this big risk and leaped into full-scale event planning. Planning my first event (on my own) for the producer of “Pulp Fiction”. It was a smashing success! By the Grace of God. I was then asked by their friends and then other members of the Hollywood community to do theirs and then on and on. I wound up planning a second event for that first “big” client and created my business just through the magic of word-of-mouth.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The best way for me to describe the “LA” experience is it’s like a blanket of sandpaper. Feels uncomfortable at times but you are ultimately going to become the most polished version of yourself and the Diamond that you are. The competition for every industry is SO Fierce. That being on top of your game is not going to be enough. You have to Be the Game. If you were in Charlotte, Atlanta, New Orleans you might be competing with locals that are fantastic, about ten to twenty of them. But, in Los Angeles there are 300+ people waiting in-line for the same job. Your job. Whether you are selling surfboards or yourself as an actor; you have to be beyond the best to be noticed. People come here from all-around the world just to be seen. So in order for you to be seen, you have to do everything that you can NOT to fit in but to STAND out. This is why I love it here.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am the first ever live event host to branch out into the world of event planning. Most others started in catering, decor or the hospitality industry. I have been on the front lines performing at social and private events for years so my understanding of what energies you need to combine is very different. I know what works. People remember their experience from the perspective of “this was a good event” or “that was terrible”. My way of achieving the former is to really focus on the energy of the dance floor and how people are feeling. If they feel welcomed and you remembered to tell your DJ/ band to play their favorite song. They don’t leave until after closing. When planning an event try to remember it is about your guests and how they are feeling reflects on you.

What matters most to you?
Integrity. Being transparent and honest. Vulnerability is key. Showing your heart. This is the most common denominator. Once you have established this pure communication that is based in truth, Anything is possible. This is important to me because so many people today can’t do it. So when you find the ones in LA that do. Magic erupts.

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Yahoo Movies Jonathan Tantype Adler’s Photography

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