Supplier in the Spotlight: Event Party Productions

| By James Gleason

Equal parts inspiration and planning, it's not easy to plan a flawless event, but Jessica Lam of Jesilam Enterprises and Event Party Productions has cracked the code! Jessica shares what led her to found her own business, why she loves party planning, and her journey as a trans business owner.

Event Party Productions in the Spotlight

  • Name of business: Jesilam Enterprises, Inc./Event Party Productions
  • Name of founders:
 Jessica Lam
  • Date founded:
 September 2010
  • Date certified: February 2019
  • Location of business: Miami, FL
  • Number of employees: 

1. What are Jesilam Enterprises and Event Party Productions?

In 2010, 5 months after my father passed, Jesilam Enterprises, Inc. was established. It was a pivotal moment in time for me, as I was between jobs and brokenhearted. His loss hit our family hard, but his voice encouraged me from the Heavens. Inspired by his pride in my talents, I was encouraged to pursue my dreams and make a difference with my passion for music and desire to educate others. I aim to serve and inspire others by utilizing my skills and talents to provide a multitude of services including group facilitation, seminars, keynote speaking, live entertainment, children's parties, and event planning.

Life is too short to not pursue what you love to do and make a living doing it, because by doing so, you become the best at what you do. I will forever be inspired by the love of my family, especially through the hardships of my coming out as transgender. I am grateful that I can live my dream through Jesilam Enterprises, Inc., which is now doing business as Event Party Productions.

Event Party Productions is here to help facilitate and inspire important moments with creative planning, flawless execution, and memorable entertainment. We help to bring excitement to your event. Some of what we offer includes disc jockey services, children’s entertainment, green screen stations, party rentals and more!

You are the host, but our goal is to help you feel like a guest at your own party, so you can enjoy a more meaningful and memorable time with your guests. Event Party Productions is honored to take part in these important moments in life - and in helping you become the fantastic host of an amazing party!

2. What makes for a great event?

A great event isn’t always about how much you spend or how extravagant the production is; it’s about how you experience it. Maya Angelou was quoted as saying, “People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” In the event planning world, that is exactly what we are trying to create—a memorable experience. Creating this is a delicate art that involves knowing what will appeal to your audience and what your budget will allow. A great event is like writing a story: there’s a start, a middle, and a conclusion. 

So, when planning an event, you must begin with clear objectives, like a theme, a vision, or a goal. You can continue to build upon this idea by finding the right team to help build the event. Then determine who your target audience is. Is this a birthday party for your kid? If so, the guest list might include classmates. What does your kid enjoy? What would those classmates expect at your kid’s party?  Do you hire a clown? Are the kids afraid of clowns? These are all questions that help you start the process of creating the structure of your party. Then comes the next step, which is promotion and getting your invitees inspired to come.

There are lots of steps throughout this process of building a great event. There’s finding a venue and an appropriate date and time, not to mention decorations, food, and beverages for your guests. The right entertainment, the correct equipment, the décor: all the little details. Sometimes the success of your event is built on those minor details and having the right team to handle situations as they arise. In the end, a great event is made possible by careful planning, execution, entertainment, and the feeling you get when it’s all said and done. 

3. What is unique about Event Party Productions’ events? 

At Event Party Productions, we pride ourselves on providing quality entertainment and memorable experiences. The most unique fact about this company is that the owner is an entertainer and transgender, but isn’t a drag queen! But seriously, we are versatile and can provide specialized programming for your party or event. We are a creative group of performers. Whatever the occasion or celebration, be it an anniversary, a birthday, wedding, shower, school function, community or corporate event, we have the right services for you.

4. Do you have a favorite type of event to plan?

I always love a good old-fashioned party, like a high school reunion. But what’s exciting is getting into theme planning and creating a night of unexpected fun, like a Wizard of Oz themed bar or bat mitzvah or a comic book trade show school bazaar. Getting creative is fun and tapping into what a client envisions brings a great deal of pleasure when you hit it out of the park.

5. What might people be surprised to learn about event planning?

Many might envision themselves as great event planners, but still miss some of the important details. But if you’re really dedicated and have the time to immerse yourself into the creative and planning processes, creating a successful event can be very rewarding and offer many lasting memories in your guests’ lives. Sometimes, as an event planner, you don’t get to fully appreciate what an event might mean to someone.

It’s interesting to think back at those important moments in life and how fleeting they truly are in the grand scope of things. We may not remember what we ate at our high school prom, but we will remember the people we went with or a song that we danced to. It’s like that with any event, especially the BIG ones. Everyone experiences an event in their own way, and knowing how to appeal to ALL of your guests is always challenging.

6. What is new on the horizon for Event Party Productions?

We are hoping to take part in the 2020 Superbowl. We also hope to expand our business into new areas and communities!

7. How has being a Certified LGBTBE® through NGLCC impacted your business? 

I am newly certified so I am excited to see how certification impacts my business! However, becoming certified has certainly helped to validate our business as a reputable company in the LGBTQ community. It has also put me on the map for other companies to discover and consider the services I offer.

8. What advice would you give to an LGBT person starting a business? 

Preparation is in the planning. Discover your dream and going for it. Always do what you love to do – create a mission statement for yourself and go for it. Even if finances are a struggle getting started, once you’re up and running the business will grow when people discover your passion for doing what you do… and then the money always follows. Be patient. Don’t give up; remember that success can sometimes look like a bunch of failures. Nothing worth having in life comes that easily. Have faith in your skills and in your talent. Figure out what sets you apart, because each of us has something unique we can offer; it’s a matter of figuring that out. The starting place is finding that which brings a smile to our lives. And remember happiness doesn’t always look the same for everyone. Just be true to you.

This blog post is part of a series celebrating Women's History Month 2019 by highlighting the contributions of female LBT business owners. Interested in having your Certified LGBTBE® in the spotlight? Email [email protected].