Angela Eisermann: Helping Others Shine
From a long line of accomplished “renaissance-kind of people,” including a trained chef, opera singer, and harpist, Angela brings a life of serendipitous moments to her project manager role at Legend Productions, where she works on corporate, association, not-for-profit, and industry events, like award shows.
Angela’s life was greatly moved by the Walkabout high school program for gifted, college-bound seniors who “didn’t fit the public school mold,” where she serendipitously both met her one-day husband and began her 15-year video production freelance career. So named for the long-tradition of aborigines to go on walkabouts to find their path as a rite of passage, the Walkabout program included a community service project, an internship, a week in the Catskills, and a week in the Adirondacks, all while taking a full load of senior year courses. Angela’s internship was at a small video production house where she “quickly realized that hands-on, thinking on my feet, middle of the action kind of work was what I needed to do.”
In 2003, Angela was doing Teleprompter support for a corporate event with little use of Teleprompters so she instead jumped in wherever she could, getting a flavor for the breadth of production work she was capable of. It was here where she began her long relationship with Legend Productions.
Legend recently produced an event to make the kids of a national competition shine during their visit to New York City. Through one of Legend’s not-for-profit clients, these high school students are taught entrepreneurship in the context of building a business plan, which are presented in the classroom competitively in anticipation of the top students going to New York City for the National Competition.
Two days of footage captures the finalists’ arrival in NYC, their day of networking and sightseeing from Central Park to the Battery, and their full day of competition. “It is always heartwarming to see the kids cheer and point to themselves on the screen,” Angela reflects.
During the competition, the students present their business plans to compete for one of the top three finalist spots as their peers, families, and chaperones watch from the audience. For the main event the top three students present to a panel of judges, vying for the cash prize used to fund their business or further their education. A challenge was finding the right entertainment mix to meet the needs of the audience and the kids, who have spent the whole year of classes, challenges, and presentations in preparation for this event.
By balancing the needs of the audience with the needs of the kids, who need to shine on stage, Angela’s event was a great success. Angela believes that “being young-at-heart means staying curious,” and YEP! agrees. She continues, “I believe in the event business you have to have the young-at-heart, question every move, go get ‘em mentality to succeed.” YEP! hopes to keep you all young-at-heart, too.
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