Behind the scenes of Merlin Events with Senior Event Manager Samantha Burton
29 October 2014
My first ever job was a dance teacher at Saturday stage school! I taught a variety of dance styles to kids aged 4-16! The job was great fun but I knew this wasn’t going to be my career!
My first job in events was working as a waitress and part time office support for Best Parties Ever/Tapenade where I worked Paris Air Show, Anthea Turner’s Summer ball and shared Christmas party nights!
How did you get from that job to your role now?
Once I’d got the taste of events I decided this is what I wanted to study at university. My degree included a year’s work placement which I completed at Fulham Football Club. This year was invaluable for my career and after graduating from university with first class honours I started working for an events agency based in Surrey.
What does a typical day at work involve?
Once the compulsory cup of tea has been consumed believe it or not our office gets their heads down and focuses (most of the time!). My day mainly consists of speaking with clients, generating contracts and doing showrounds. A day wouldn’t be complete in my world without the odd dabble in a spreadsheet too!
Tell us something about your job we might not know?
Working in events isn’t as glamorous as it sounds…! There isn’t always champagne on tap and it quite often involves tiredly following guests out the building at 2am!
Tell us about your most interesting event to date.
It would probably have to be our Miami to Ibiza Promo party a couple of years ago at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium. With 3D swimming pools and white carpets covering the entire Atlantic cove it was probably one of the most challenging yet exciting set ups I’ve done at Merlin!
What other event company would you work for and why?
I’d love to work for an event agency so I would be able to get to know and work in a variety of venues!
If you could do any job in the world, what would it be and why?
I’d own my own cake shop! I love baking so it wouldn’t really be like working!
Tell us what you get up to when you are not working at Merlin Events?
As I’ve just mentioned I love a bit of baking which means I entertain friends at lot at home. I’ve also recently started spinning too which is surprisingly enjoyable!
This post was written by Sam on 29th October 2014. You can connect with Sam on Linked In