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Conversations with Tayo Ogundele

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tayo Ogundele.

Hi Tayo, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My story has been a long time coming you could say! Growing up in a family with a hotel business in Nigeria and a catering business here in the States has honestly given me years of local event planning experience. I have basically been doing this for free for as long as I can remember! My aunt is also an event planner and baker, I used to help her out when I was younger as well. I have always had a passion for helping plan parties for fun.

At my last job, I started planning the annual holiday party and received a lot of recognition for turning around the reputation of the event. After years of friends encouraging me to go into the industry here we are! Being such a social person has allowed me to make great connections everywhere I go. As a graduate of Morgan State University, networking is like second nature, I have built relationships with vendors of all trades. This gives me the skills to make any event one worth remembering. I am a young, educated black woman and I plan to inspire others with my brand, it is something I am very proud of! Always remember, you can be fancy on a budget!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
This has definitely been quite the journey. As any small business owner will tell you, it’s not easy to go into business for yourself. It’s a very self-motivated task! There are some days where you wonder if people even notice you and all that you are doing. There will be dry spells with no clients and that can be very discouraging. You also find that the people who you think will support you may not. This is not something to get upset about as you will learn quickly, people you already know may not be your clients. In a services-based business, you need to be able to branch out! Also, when starting a new business, you are broke, you don’t have any money for the supplies you need. Going into business, you have to spend money to make money. You also have to learn to do things by yourself. In the beginning, you are your own marketing team, social media manager, and employee. I had to learn how to make my own website, business cards and create content for people to notice. All while working a full-time job and living a regular life… it’s a lot!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I love the end product of my events. I love taking pictures and videos of my work before and after. I have recently started to learn how to make better videos to showcase my work. I always have clients send me pictures of what they want or the inspiration they have gathered for their event (everyone runs to Pinterest). I go through every detail with them. I always tell clients I can do as little as you need me to do or as much as you need me to do. I can help plan an event from start to finish, and I will treat it as if it were my own party. I love watching the transformation of spaces. Making a simple dining room and elegant dinner party space or turning an empty hall into the baby shower of your dreams is what I love! I found a new love for balloon art as well. I love backdrops with elaborate balloon garlands, arches, and columns. I also love dressing up dessert tables and have recently started designing and printing welcome frames for events. I am always learning new skills and adding them to the services I offer. It is easy to be in business when you are having fun!

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, everyone who knew me then will say I was never the shy kid! If anything, I talked too much and I talked to everyone! Even on my report cards teachers would say “Tayo is very bright, but she talks too much”! I guess that’s why it makes sense that I also started a podcast, haha. As far as my parents go, they have always been very supportive of everything that I do. I use their basement to store a lot of my inventory, haha. I am lucky because not a lot of Nigerian parents are supportive of their children’s creative sides. My parents love the fact that I am good at a lot of different things and that I put my all into them. When I was younger, I played the violin, played field hockey, was in the school choir, and several plays. I have always been an artsy kid now that I think about it. Even as an adult, I am in my church’s choir. I love being around people, making sure everyone has a great time and I love seeing people enjoy the food that I make or the bomb decor I have provided.

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Alexis Smith- Butler, ImagesByLexii

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1 Comment

  1. Bola Billz

    June 24, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I’m so proud of you Sis You gon Head to the Top Notch 🚀🚀🚀

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