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Daily Inspiration: Meet Teresa Mercsak

Today we’d like to introduce you to Teresa Mercsak.

Hi Teresa, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
The success of Unifier Entertainment, a full-service entertainment company specializing in high-end corporate acts, cirque-style performers, and unique performance scenarios, is really more of an evolving story that starts as early as childhood.

Throughout grade school in a small town in Ohio, I performed as a marching and concert band musician, a baton twirler (I was 8 years old when I held my first fire baton), and a backstage manager for some of our school plays. I continued in performance as a dancing waiter in college and was heavily active in the arts program even while pursuing a Master of Arts degree in English. I knew one day, even by age 15, I would move to LA and have my hand in the entertainment industry.

In 2000, I moved to California, found myself a cozy career as a college instructor; however, even throughout my 22 years as an educator, I was still heavily involved with the arts. I had met my tribe of people through the Burning Man community in early 2001, starting spinning fire and stilt walking, and before you knew it, I had a small fire troupe, which in later years turned into a small entertainment company with a friend and business partner.

Honestly, it was a hobby for many many years. In 2006, I was at a massive turning point. My business partner and I were at a pivot point and I was no longer fulfilled with teaching. I reevaluated my dreams and goals and knew that I wanted to make this hobby a full-time career. So, I took the leap of faith, quit my job and started putting all my attention and focus into Unifier Entertainment.

Success feels like it happened overnight, but in reality, it was a few years of hard work, long nights glued to my computer, taking risks with money, attending networking events, hundreds of emails, tears, pats on the back, more tears, and then all of a sudden– there was a definitive period of time where I felt like all the hard work had paid off.

…and it continues. Because of the growth of the company, we have two employees and we’re rounding out plans for another successful year, with the goal of potentially opening an event venue in the future.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Owning your own business is full of challenges. I’ve lost sleep from exceptionally unsafe planners, overly reactive and bossy clients, and dare I say diva performers. I’ve spent hours talking to lawyers, accountants, other entertainment business owners on new laws, taxes, and sometimes sensitive issues. There have been SO many stressful days and nights and I, as well as my team members, have literally shed blood, sweat, and tears. Also, as a business owner, you spend money–lots of money–more money than most people realize behind the scenes, but it all comes back. It’s just a part of the journey you sign up for.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Unifier Entertainment is a full-service entertainment company specializing in high-end corporate acts, cirque-style performers, and unique performance scenarios—often pushing through the usual boundaries of entertainment. We like to say: “Whatever you dream, we can create.”

Unifier Entertainment is unlike any other because of our dedication to our client’s visions, offering cohesive in-house custom costuming and styling, significant attention to detail and high level of communication/client attentiveness. Entertainment is an extension of your brand, your dreams, your philosophy. We look to partner with clients, vendors and planners of like mind.

We are exceptionally proud to be one of the top entertainment companies in Los Angeles, and we host one of the most extensive collections of apparatuses in LA. We love fabricating new props to add to our ever-growing collection. Some of them include our aerial rigs and a range of hanging apparatus, champagne service towers, bikes, skirts, dresses, hedge walls, our 48″ rotating disco ball, our massive birdcage, and a number of insanely amazing 4-legged stilt costumes.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Happiness in business is seeing a client’s reaction(s) during the event and then hearing from them afterward. We want to see smiles, hear laughter, watch them experience joy from the performers we’ve brought in and the work we’ve put into their event. When I can feel that energy from the client, I am happy.

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