Today we’d like to introduce you to Damian “Roman” Grzejka.
Damian “Roman”, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was hosting and organizing parties in high school and I always took it so seriously. I remember it was summertime in the Poconos (Pennsylvania). It was full of tourists from NYC and I was working at a resort nearby that was known for hospitality. I spent my paychecks on throwing local parties; everything from ingredients to make san gria to buying food to cater my own party. In retrospect, I was 17 or 18 but this obsession stemmed from my first encounter in nightlife when my ex-girlfriend at the time had a brother promoting in New York City. I think Leonardo DiCaprio was there that day & I was mesmerized by the lights, music and atmosphere. The long line to get in, everyone from college kids to Wall Street guys wanted to be inside this nightclub. We got in VIP to a table that was surrounded by food, drinks & models. I felt like I was on top of the world. It was an instant addiction; I was just a kid at the time but experiencing that I knew I wanted to somehow get my hands on this life.
At 19, I decided I wanted to move to LA and embark on this dream I had. I had a fake ID at the time. Thats why I go by Roman…I switched my first and middle name on my ID because I was scared I would get caught. Most kids were using it to buy liquor or beer, I solely used mine to gain access to nightclubs to begin working and networking. So I started promoting at a few clubs getting paid $5 a girl to start. It was rough and I slowly started to run out of money. I was funding everything from out of pocket. I remember I sold my car to get myself a few more months because I was certain I could make this work.
In time I met my future business partner and mentor Hardy Vibert, more commonly known as “Hardy Hollywood” in Los Angeles. Working with him and his company “PHH Promotions” my knowledge and understanding of the business grew as well as my own recognition and brand grew. With this knowledge, I would now start my own company “Major Hospitality” with the hopes to continue and carry on the torch. 25 years old now, I have goals to grow my company with employees and new opportunities as I divulge into not only in nightlife but to be a restaurateur as well.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely not a smooth road, I moved to Los Angeles at 19. I’ve never been on a plane before this and never stepped foot in Los Angeles nevertheless the East Coast. I left everything behind to chase these goals. As I said, I was getting paid $5 per each girl I got into the club (that’s not good if you are wondering). Running out of money fast, I sold my vehicle back home to give myself some more time. I stayed on a lot of couches (thankfully, I had a few close friends at the time). I remember I stayed on a friend’s couch for two weeks it was make it or break it. If I couldn’t figure it out in those two weeks I would need to pack my bags, I had exhausted all of my options. At the end of the two weeks, I secured a contract for three nights a week and I caught my first break in LA. From there, I kept honing my skills and networking to hosting five nights a week. Tuesday through Saturday. Sundays in the summertime I host a pool party.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Major Hospitality story. Tell us more about the business.
Major Hospitality is solely based on hospitality. I believe that it’s so important and more importantly, I am so passionate about it. When you think hospitality it is probably closely associated with hotels or restaurants but the goal is to implement hospitality in the nightlife setting. As a promoter & host we are giving a table on any given night in a nightclub. Our job is to host and develop the party. There is a huge opportunity to capitalize on those interactions you make. Immediately a warm greeting a handshake, kiss on the cheek. I offer a cocktail, I imagine that this space is my living room. My goal is to make you comfortable and provide you with the best night possible. I carry this mindset in daily life as well, I want to be an incredible host always.
I do believe this sets my company apart from others. I think these simple tasks can sometimes be overlooked or not taken so seriously. Major Hospitality is so passionate about hospitality. I would love to apply this outlook and take on future endeavors as well (restaurants, nightclubs, events)
I currently have two employees within Major Hospitality. Jay Simmers who is in charge of operations and Faiz Khan who works on the creative side.
Aside from hospitality one of our marketing tactics to stand out has been to advertise with paparazzi photos. We occasionally host a dinner with our guests and leave to get “harassed” in good fun by paparazzi. It makes for an entertaining evening and we are able to use these photos for memories and also to post on our social media. There is something nostalgic with getting these paparazzi shots, especially being in Hollywood it’s unforgettable and a great strategy for exposure.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t consider myself having good luck or bad luck. I just believe things are the way they are. I had a calling to do all of this. I knew I wanted to, & I felt it. I pursued and manifested everything going on with life and business right now. I guess there have been some bumps in the road and some positive things, but I don’t think that’s luck. To me luck is winning the lottery. It happens fast and abruptly without your control. I don’t think my journey has been like that at all.
- Website: www.majorhospitalityllc.com
- Phone: 5705753302
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @majorhospitality @romandamianla
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/majorhospitality
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/majhospitality
- Yelp: www.yelp.com/majorhospitality
Location Credit: Le Grand Restaurant, Pacifique Restaurant; Photographer Credit: Nico Aparicio