Showtime Event Group has always been very proud of the culture and sense of family among the team.
But on the 10th March our resilience as a team, and as a family, was put to one of the toughest tests, when we needed to make changes that impacted us all, in many different ways. We all had impacts on our income, our motivation, our work purpose, and freedoms to socialise. We faced the pandemic initially believing that we were headed home for March and April, potentially May. None of us, at any level, would have thought that the very worse was still to come, as we sit here in Stage 4 lock down.
As we all struggled with dark days, some of us very dark weeks, we have kept each other grounded with open forums for conversation, regular catch ups, virtual Friday afternoon drinks, and collaborating on projects. We have definitely reminded each other that we are all in this together.
But at the same the time, the team has shown the most incredible resilience in finding ways to feel the pandemic period, thriving in lock down. Some have supplemented income with temporary work, others have turned a hobby into a small business, a few have studied and up skilled, and one has reminded us to keep our all areas of our health in check.
Here are some of the inspiring stories, from the Showtime family.
Rebecca Warner, Client Relationship Executive - delivering #flowersforfriends
‘I felt like I suddenly had so much time on my hands, and I felt as though I wanted to do something meaningful to bring happiness to people. I wasn’t an essential worker with skills who was out there on the front line, so I thought about what I could do to be thriving in lock down. Having previously worked with Green Event for many years, I took my background in floral and greenery, and decided to reactive an old Instagram account ‘Party Plants’ and promoted #flowersforfriends, where people could purchase their friends and family a small arrangement delivered to their door step to brighten up their lock down.
‘I would go to the market and purchase what looked good on the day. I tried to keep the colours bright and vibrant. I knew money was tight for everyone, so I didn’t name prices, I got people to tell me how much they wanted to spend and made up bunches based on that. I also offered free delivering as my way of spreading the joy and love.’ ‘Initially it was a few orders a week, and then I got some great feedback and comments and it took off. Over Easter and Mother’s Day I had almost 30 orders a week. Luckily I had my partner at home to help me out with the deliveries. It was interesting to travel to suburbs I’d never been to, like Diamond Creek, even though I’ve lived in Melbourne all my life’.
"I felt as though I wanted to do something meaningful to bring happiness to people . . . it was my way of spreading the joy and love"
Laura Reddaway, Business Development Manager - turning a hobby into an opportunity
‘I’ve been knitting for years, always baby beanies, blankets and things for friends babies. Recently I have had a lot friends having new babies, so the extra time to knit was good. When a friend of a friend contacted me and asked if I could knit something for her, I realised that there was an opportunity to use the extra time and my resources to create a small business out of it. I basically spent the initial lock down knitting non stop. I also live in one of the suburbs that was locked down by postcode earlier on, so I thought this is the time to get started on it, so I created Nitiniti by Laura’.
‘Nitiniti’ is the Mauri word for ‘knitting’ and I was taught to knit by my grandmother who is from New Zealand, so I thought it was fitting that it should be the name of my new venture. The fun part came when I could use skills from my career, and develop the brand, market it, and create social platforms to promote. The fun part came, when I got to cross over my job. I discovered tailorbrands.com online which is a great way for any new start up to develop social content, logos and build a brand. It’s also been a great way to support the local yarn shop around the corner.’
‘I definitely haven’t needed to be knitting any masks. I have friends and family all over the world, and they have been sending me masks to wear. I have an oversupply of masks.’
Gavin Johnston, Wedding Producer Upskilling and learning new skills
‘When lock down started a lot of my friends were doing new courses, like languages, so I thought I would do something similar to occupy my time. I thought long and hard about what I was passionate about and when walking around my house I realised I loved painting, restoring old furniture and design. So I jumped online and looked at an interior design course and found a great one at the Australian Institute of Design. It was well priced and a 12 – 18 month course, so I thought it was perfect’.
‘It’s been a great way to maintain a structure to my day. I get up, work out, and then jump online to do a few hours of study on the days I’m not working. It’s really kept me sane, and thriving in lock down.’
‘I’ve obviously had a lot of time at home, so I’ve started to implement these new skills I’m learning in and around the house. We had a fence built around the property that I have painted, Ive given new life to an old cane bedside table, painted three feature walls, repurposed a ladder as a wine rack and installed floating shelves in the stair well. But my greatest achievement so far has been restoring an old billiard style light features over the kitchen island bench. It cost me $10 but now I think it’s priceless’.
‘I’ve set up gavinanthonydesign on Instagram to document what i achieve, and it’s been a great way to connect with other design students online and share things that we learn and get inspired by.
Alice Hall, Wedding Producer focusing on all areas of health
"We can choose to see the 5km radius, the mask, the curfew – but we can also see the expansiveness of how many hours we have in the day to become a better version of ourselves"
When we first got the news, I knew what was coming was a fork in the road. I could either become caught up in the news and the panic or I had an opportunity to go the other way – so I made a conscious decision to come out of lock down in a better place and become a stronger person through it all.
So that was always my intention, and I set a goal to not just say I’ll do it, but write it down and map these goals. I wanted to be thriving in lock down. I started small and created goal setting sessions, and wrote each day something I would do to contribute to health and wellness. I focused on five areas of health – Physical, Social, Emotional, Spiritual and Mental – and set goals in all areas.
With physical for example, I started jogging. I was able to complete just 3km back in March. Then every week I would move the goal post and it became 5km. Before I knew it I was running 15km non-stop.
Another example is Yoga. I used You Tube to spend 30 minutes a day on yoga. From there I had a goal to do a head stand and now I spend time daily concentrating on achieving it.
As I started to shift my mindset more to focus on what I can do in this lock down the more opportunities started to open up. I found myself drinking more water, making little improvements, and including a 10 minute daily meditation session. I now really feel as though I am thriving in lock down.
With social health, instead of focusing on what we can’t do, I’ve decided to take an infinite approach to life and focus on what’s possible and what we can do. The more I focus on that, I am achieving more than before lock down
I spend a lot of time reading online forums such as ‘Be Well Melbourne’, and it inspired me to create my own Facebook page – ‘Heart and Soul Tribe‘. It’s all about people coming together and supporting each other. I’m connected to a wide range people that share the same approach including health care works, trainers, doctors, and PhD students in Neuro plasticity. It’s amazing when we are open to see the possibilities the people we come across and what we can learn from other people. There is community there if we are open to looking for that. We can choose to see the 5km radius, the mask, the curfew – but we can also see the expansiveness of how many hours we have in the day to become a better version of ourselves.
Nicole Carter, Senior Event Producer – Refreshing Useful Skills, and a re-introduction to study
I’ve always wanted to study again, but never really had the time to commit to it. So as soon as we went into lock down, I thought this is the time to do it. I hadn’t studied since I finished my degree – Bachelor Arts in History and English Literature 20 years ago, so when choosing a course I thought I’d pick something that was familiar and comfortable, so I chose Event Management. Despite working in the events and hospitality industry for decades, I didn’t have a formal qualification.
It’s been a lot of fun logging on every couple of days and completing modules. I can work at my own pace completing the formative questions, and summative assessments. It’s been a good re fresh to see what these courses are teaching and how I can apply it to my job and the work place. There’s definitely a few ways we can streamline what we do that I’ve picked up on.
It’s been great to have the discipline to set time aside and work through it. I do now feel as though I’m thriving in lock down. Next up I want to get online at New Zealand University and study a Bachelor in Business, Marketing and Events.