Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelangelo Khan.
Michelangelo, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve kinda always been a social butterfly as well as a social outcast. I hopped around different groups all of the time, but never really belonged anywhere. But I always had a knack for bringing different groups of people together to do things whether it was starting a YouTube channel when I was in middle school or starting a clothing apparel line in my junior year of high school.
Over the last seven years or so, I would study different disciplines, hang around people from completely different worlds, and just dip my feet into everything from managing a boba shop to mentoring kids. Very recently, I started working at an events venue. A lot of my friends had grown into DJs and I had gotten used to throwing parties so we all decided to throw a “show” for our friends because why not. We formally became known as The Turnts Committee (an inside joke). Once we threw our first show, we realized that people liked what we were doing and we continued to throw shows throughout the year as well as collaborating with other groups and people.
It’s with these shows that I realized what my passion truly is, helping and uplifting people through the formation of diverse communities.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Honestly, it has been chaotic and depressing. My parents were disappointed that I had decided to indefinitely forgo college and my friends didn’t understand what I was doing and where I was going. I was also struggling to figure out where I belong in the world and who I could turn to for guidance. My strength is the ability to bring people together, but my weakness is also a dependency on other people to get things going. When I first started, I wasn’t surrounded by anyone who was doing what I was doing, so I just persevered through for myself and my friends that were depending on me.
Probably the biggest problem was managing my lack of work ethic and mixing friends with business. There were a lot of hard and bitter lessons that came of making difficult choices, but it has allowed me to understand the world on a more pragmatic and realistic scale.
Please tell us more about your work. What do you guys do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
We originally started as a DJ collective, but over time, we came to realize that we’re more of an events collective. Our events and members are an extension of my strength in bringing different communities together to collaborate.
As such, our events have become a home for a lot of the local community and that makes me very proud. I am a firm believer that you need to experience different walks of life, different cultures, different perspectives to truly grow as a person and our events reflect that. We specialize in throwing ‘mini-festivals’ where we do have music performances, but we’ll also offer activities such as photo booths, Super Smash Brothers, board games, etc. We don’t like depending on bars and other venues because we don’t like to limited by their rules- though we aim to start throwing smaller events for starting DJs and performers in 2020. And I guess that’s what sets us apart from our peers.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success as the amount of people that I can help and uplift. It might be weird, but I look for character development in the people I’m surrounded by. If they grow as a person and are able to get closer to realizing their potential, I’m pretty happy. BUT, definitely want to start getting our cash flow on point so we can do bigger projects that help the community.
- Instagram: theturntscommittee