We had the good fortune of connecting with Eriqa Gatlin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eriqa, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
As a mom of a four year old boy , I would like to think pursuing my dreams and starting my business. is the most important thing I have done as a parent. Showing my child that sticking to something and making the leap to try, even when you have no clue how to start ,will make him fearless in pursuing his dreams and to always get up and try ! In doing this I hope to bring generational wealth and knowledge for him to grow and pass on to his children as well.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Golden Thrills is a small Party Styling business in Southern California started in 2019 That mainly does balloon installations and backdrop rentals. The first event that was ever done was my sons First Birthday in 2018 and after that I was asked by friends and family to help decorate some events. After being asked pretty often and being a full time student,working for my family business part time and being a stay at home mom; I decided I wanted to start working again on my own terms.
My first gig was actually my sisters best friends wedding it was a mess , I didn’t know what I was getting myself into I ended up being the planner which is NOT an easy thing to do. Nonetheless the wedding turned out great and no one knew all the chaos that had entailed that day . Thankfully !
That showed me so much about myself that 1. I was not down to be a wedding planner 2. i knew I only liked the decorating part of everything 3. i hated feeling liable for every tiny detail
(vendors, food, dessert table, decor , table set up etc. )
So I made a business plan of all the things I wanted and it changed over the years for sure. I realized I was stretching myself thin and I was barely making any income so I went back to the drawing board and made a new plan and decided to stop people pleasing and instead stick to what I knew I deserved ,practice on my skill and not look back. I stopped doing full service parties and offered the services which I knew I loved to do, which was balloon installations and backdrops. Putting my foot down was not easy , I hate dealing with the money aspect of my business because I love what I do GENUINELY so I always feel as though I don’t want to charge people lots of money and I also struggle with self doubt.
I’ve learned in the process of everything that professionalism is everything, and asking people to pay the price of your work and your design is not asking for too much. Believe in your craft so other people can too ! & ALWAYS ask for a deposit and follow up with clients and not all money is good money !
Golden Thrills believes that all things created with style are Golden.
Let’s create for the Thrill of it!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For sure we have to go to :
Leo’s Tacos or Vaka Burger.
They have the best tacos or the juiciest burgers that feel expensive but
don’t cost much .
We would probably end up going to Angel city Brewery in the art district for a few beers ,
play some games then end up going to Eighty Two for more drinks or if they wanted to
go get some dessert I would head over to Bae or Salt and Straw for ice cream .
Of course we would have to have dinner at Roscoes Chicken and Waffles is a MUST !
During the day we can hit up Grand Central Market for some amazing food & then we can take the short Angels trailway across the street to go walking around even see the art museum.
I think one major thing we would have to do is go to Santa Monica Beach and walk down the santa monica promenade and just vibe and hang out and shop all day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If I think about who has been a daily motivation as well as a helping hand in my business it would be my sister she started her screen print/ embroidery business with her boyfriend a year before mines and have had countless calls with me even when they were busy to answer questions that I had. I think its always nice to have someone in your corner to understand what it truly takes to run a small business and the stresses that come with it at time but also discussing the joy that comes with it.
@lab5ive is definitely someone I can say is doing there thing and deserves a shoutout !
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Other: Email: Goldenthrills.events @gmail.com
All images belong to me Eriqa Gatlin @golden.thrills