Tell Us More: Melanie Tobierre of Elite Events
Melanie Tobierre is a resident of Vieux-Fort and the founder and owner of Elite Events.
Teacher by day, event planner by night, she never envisioned herself as an entrepreneur but always had a passion for art and design. Being at the Ans Ger Secondary School as a teacher is where she realized that she could turn her passion into a career.
Teachers would always ask her to design posters and small crafts for school but at the time it was just for the thrill of it. It was when her cousin pointed out that she could be using her talent to make money, she really conceptualized it and took the leap of faith to start her business and this is how Elite Events was born.
Melanie wanted her brand name to represent her décor style; sophisticated, elegant, high-end yet affordable, hence the name Elite Events. Being an educator has taught her patience and humility which has been a plus in her business.
Her goal is to become the household name for event planning in St. Lucia. You can check out her designs @eliteeventsslu on both Facebook and Instagram or call 1-758-715-0087 to book her services.
What is it like being an event planner?
Being an event planner is amazing! Imagine getting paid to do what you love and meeting people from all walks of life in the process. The most rewarding part of it is being able to help create those memories that will last a lifetime and seeing the smiles on my clients' faces for the work I have done.
What is one thing about you that often surprises people?
My down to earth personality. People initially assume that I might be stuck up based on the way I look but when they talk to me, they are surprised by how down to earth and humble I am.
How would you define success?
Success to me is defined by one's self progression in their craft. I do not measure my success by comparing myself to others in my field of business, I only reflect on where I was, where I am now, and where I want to be.
What has been your most humbling experience as an event planner?
There was one experience in my event planning career which really pushed me to let go of mediocrity and push myself to become the best I can be. I had a client once who strongly expressed their displeasure with my service. It was the first time I had ever gotten a bad review and it changed my focus from the décor to ensuring my client was fully satisfied with my service. It was definitely humbling for me.
If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
It would be my creativity. I strive to be as original as I can be by allowing my creative mind to speak through my works.
Where is your happy place?
At home, lounging around in my PJs watching movies and series.
What is your greatest fear?
God, for in his presence fear does not reside. He asks us only to fear him for he will remove all other fears.
Animals or babies?
Babies hands down!! I’ve always been fond of children so much so; I considered a career as a pediatrician at one point in my life. Funny enough, I still ended up around them!
What talent do you yearn for?
I wouldn’t call it a talent but I yearn to be a role model to others young and old. I want to encourage others to find their purpose in life and to not give up on that because I am right where I needed to be because I didn’t give up!
What lesson has been the hardest to learn?
That everyone is not for you. You just have to find the ones who are and appreciate and embrace them. I am grateful to everyone who has supported so far.
Tv or music?
Music for sure, because it sets the tone of my day.
What food makes you happy?
Just thinking about it makes me happy right now. There is nothing better than a slice of cheesecake with a delicious cherry topping. My fav!
What is your guilty pleasure?
It would have to be binge-watching my favorite tv shows and romance movies on Netflix.
If you had to change one thing in your life, what would it be and why?
To be completely honest, I would change nothing in my life. I believe that every moment, experience, or person has been placed there for a reason. You just have to determine whether it is for your growth and hold onto it or a lesson learned and let it go.
What is the business tip that you have gotten and never forgotten?
Always keep it professional no matter what the circumstance.
As an event planner is it more important to be liked or respected?
It is impossible to get everyone to like you so definitely respected. A person who does not like you may still respect you just because you hold yourself to a standard that automatically qualifies them to.
What is your personal motto?
“You are your own competition so focus on your journey and where you are headed. You are the only one in the way of your success.”