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Meet Seanea Corvi of Last Call Bar Catering

Today we’d like to introduce you to Seanea Corvi.

Seanea, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Listen, if you decide that moving to LA is your dream, you’ll learn very quickly the importance of having a side hustle. When I moved to LA 4 years ago from Columbus Ohio, to attend The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, I learned just that. I was working as a cocktail server in Beverly Hills while attending school, and friends of mine would ask me to bartend their small events here and there. It started to be what I did when I wasn’t working at the restaurant. The days I was at the restaurant I would work 8-hour shifts. I began thinking of how I could maximize my time without sacrificing what I made in a week at the restaurant and still be able to pursue my purpose for moving to LA.

I switched gears and decided to focus the little bit of free I had on becoming an entrepreneur.

It was not easy at all, I went through the motions.. having the idea but not acting on it. Procrastinating if you will.

But I finally started brainstorming names for the business, got all the equipment to facilitate events and decided after getting opinions from my peers, that Last Call Bar Catering was going to be a leading Los Angeles based Mobile Bar Company. I left the job at the restaurant and got a job as an executive assistant in entertainment. This decision was calculated on me having more flexibility to work on my business. Or so I thought… Look you’ll hear all these amazing stories out there about being a Hollywood assistant. But what they don’t tell you is that your life.. is now over and you’ve basically taken on someone else’s life and here’s the kicker, you STILL have to manage your own. It’s a cool gig, pays well, and you get to do cool things depending on who you’re working for but you ultimately end up putting yourself second. At the time I was still booking events monthly but I couldn’t focus fully on Last Call.

Resigning from that position would leave me without a stable income which scared me, but I left anyway. I sold my car, moved out of my 27th floor apartment in DTLA, and stayed with a friend while I saved and built the business. All I had was my faith in God, Last Call and an amazing support system at home telling me to keep going. At this point I knew in order to be successful I had to build a solid team. I had a group of friends who needed motivation so I figured this was the best time to empower ourselves and use Last Call as a vessel to create our own opportunities instead of waiting for them. I taught the girls how to bartend, signature cocktail recipes, basic bar knowledge and more importantly, professionalism within the business.

My assistant manager Ashleigh began coming over every day, we sat by my pool and just brainstormed idea after idea and our visions of where we saw the company going. From uniform colors, the type of employees we wanted, type of clients and our services in full details. We assigned roles to our existing employees and began having bi-weekly team meetings that We used as manifestation sessions to map out pretty much the entire year of the business.

We had no idea the ride we were about to embark on but we were excited. The energy the team had was at an all-time high! Everywhere I went I was looking for opportunities to meet chefs or event planners to partner with in order to generate business. We started off doing small backyard events and quickly expanded to other markets in different industries. We were introduced to the cannabis industry by partnering with Chef Matt Stockard of CBD Daily Eats and began creating CBD Mock-tails for events. This opened the door and allowed us to partner with other cannabis companies to create custom CBD Mock-tails to compliment their products.

We now host the bar at CBD Sundays, a Brunch held monthly at Rita House on 3rd where we promote wellness and recharge by offering meditation classes, massages, CBD infused food and CBD infused juices and Mock-tails.

As the word spread of our versatility and creative approach with unique uniforms, we began booking event after event. From activations with skincare companies like Completely Bare to Clothing Collection release Parties with YG and 4Hunnid. We’ve also done USC Graduation Parties, Fashion shows for Angel Brinks and Yekim as well as in-store shop and sips at American Rag Cie.

With the buzz of Last Call in Los Angeles we have recently franchised in Houston Texas.

Has it been a smooth road?
No road is smooth, and if someone tells you otherwise, they’re lying. I used my business as a vessel and included my friends with the goal of creating a successful environment for each one of us to build our dreams as a team.

However I learned quickly about the importance of keeping friendships and business separate.

This lesson became clear to me after a member of my team infiltrated my business and attempted to take over my clients and overall business model. I took it hard at first, felt betrayed but gathered my thoughts, revamped my process and realized the importance of client relationships and high-quality service. Brand development has always been a key focus of mine so I shifted my energy to the integrity of Last Call.

I hired an entire new team of women who were thrilled to join. Rebuilding a solid team was more important than ever before. It’s hard getting it right and although there are still many positions to fill within my company, the light always shines after dark, sometimes even brighter.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Last Call Bar Catering is a Los Angeles based Mobile Bartending Company, we specialize in genuine service and craft cocktails. We offer bartenders, cocktail servers, bottle servers and bar backs for any event. Our business is word of mouth based and we pride ourselves on that aspect of our business. We truly make every event an experience which keeps our clients. From our exclusive uniforms to diverse personalities within our staff. We bring joy and professionalism to any event.

What sets us apart is not only dedication but the pride we take into the craft of bartending itself. We genuinely want people to enjoy their time and their drinks so we create custom cocktails based on client’s favorite flavors. Because let’s be real, there is an art to making a good drink! We encourage the team to be themselves, be confident and feel beautiful which reflects in service. One of the most important elements of any event is the bar so we strive to make each event run seamless.

Aside from exceptional service we are known for our custom uniforms. When I began Last Call I did my research on the other Bar companies out there and to be honest, their uniforms were boring or too conservative. I decided to go against the grain a bit. With my background in Product Development at FIDM, it was only right to bring a fashion element into the business. It’s been really fun allowing my creative side come out when branding Last Call. My team feels so confident in new attire and overall, it keeps the energy of the event high when we are consistent with the theme.

What I am most proud of as a company is the resilience its obtained. This baby has been through a lot behind the scenes but it’s actually opened up many doors for others. Last Call has taught me a lot about myself in faith and really owning what I’ve worked hard for. One the hardest lessons I learned was not everyone can come along for the ride, and that’s okay. I’ve created an art to Bar Catering and there are other women out there who have used my business to help start businesses of their own. It’s inspiring to see the women around me grow based off of the example I’ve set place. I get emails and messages weekly about how inspired people are especially with the sacrifices I made to sustain Last Call. I’m super blessed my business has become a platform of inspiration.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
What I love the most about LA is the hustle in the air. It keeps me motivated and reminds me everyday that I can do whatever I want to do with my life. I believe Los Angeles is a good place for a business like mine, mainly because of the tremendous amount of events this city has daily. From Monday – Sunday there is always something to do, an event to attend, etc. For someone starting out, I would recommend them to get out and talk to people, networking can be your friend most when you are offering a service. Los Angeles has a notoriety for being a hard place to make it. People are moving here everyday to pursue their dreams but don’t let that get to you! Building a business based in a competitive city is not easy to do but I wouldn’t have build my business anywhere else.

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