Questions to Pink Feather Events Owner Pamela Rennie-Kalidas

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Why Pink Feather Events?

I always knew I wanted to do all types of events, not just Kiddies parties. And I wanted to choose a name that would not restrict me. My favorite color is Pink and one of the décor items I love using are feathers; so when I put them together I just loved the name.

Pink Feather Events;it is unique and also playful, both of which I try to portray.

 

When did you start?

I knew I wanted to be in the events industry for the longest time but fear of the unknown always stopped me from trying. I was a single mom raising two beautiful boys and I had to make sure I had a steady income (in Marketing & Sales) to provide for my boys. So, starting an events company was the last thing on my mind.

Because of my job, my parties were restricted to weekends. Soon after doing my first party (July of 2015 Sofia the First- I remember it like it were yesterday!); I got several requests for parties with some bookings six months in advance. The same year I got married and fell pregnant.

The company was growing so fast and soon I would have three children so it only made sense for me to quit my job. This was one of the best decisions I have made; it not only gave me more time with my kids but, it also gave me time to really be more creative with my parties.

In 2016 I gave birth to my baby girl but though this was a wonderful time for my family and I, it took a toll on the company as I had to take time off to be with my daughter. During this time I saw my competition catch up to me as I was not doing any parties. I saw lots of my work being imitated but this showed me I was on the right path; as you know- Imitation is the best form of flattery.

I am becoming stronger than ever. While still doing parties and other events I have also been spending time re-inventing myself, finding ways to give my clients more value for their money, perfecting my skills. I am very excited to see where my business will go.

What motivates you to keep going?

Pamela and her family

My kids are my biggest motivation and my parents who worked very hard to give my siblings and me the best of everything. We had everything we needed and in most cases wanted but, at the same time they still showed us the importance of hard work.

My dad always told me I could have anything I wanted in life as long as I worked hard and practiced self-discipline. He was a living testimony of this as everything he has he worked for. He moved to Zambia in 1955 with nothing and with hard work built himself one of the biggest bakeries on the Copper belt ( Rennie’s Bakery ).

My mom is the hardest working woman I know and she set the best example for my siblings and me. Because of my parent’s example I would like to set the same example for my children. They need to know the value of hard work.

Another thing, I am very passionate about what I do, so it doesn’t feel like a job. Decorating soothes me, when I feel stressed I go and do something creative and it calms me down.

Who do you admire or would like to meet in the business world?

Strive Masiyiwa a Zimbabwean in business since 1986. He is a well-known international business leader with numerous awards. He is innovative and inspires others to think outside the box. Although his business is in telecommunication I feel there is so much I am learning and continue to learn from him.

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

In five years’ time I would like to have my own venue/ theme park for kids.  I would also like to be doing more in the corporate world.

I strive to be the best in my industry; I want to lead the pack.

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