We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Nguyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, what is the most important factor behind your success?
One of the most important factors behind the success of Kaden and Mimi is that I don’t see myself above or below my clients. We are partners in creating the celebration and I am 100% upfront and honest with them. This creates the feeling of partnership and friendliness. I’ve been so lucky to have really connected with my clients and these factors put an ease to communication which then creates an ease to planning – which often can be pretty stressful.
What should our readers know about your business?
Kaden and Mimi is a small business of celebration specialists – there are endless reasons to celebrate in life and I love creating those memories. I like to say that I’m like a contractor for parties. There are often many different elements to even a small celebration and I am able to visualize and organize them for all different types of celebrations in a way that makes the whole process more seamless. I’m really proud of the connections I’ve made on both the client and vendor side. I often say that some of the vendors I work with make me look good, many of them are like me – who work for themselves, bringing their talent to a celebration because they truly love what they do. It gets me excited to bring everything together and stand in the back and watch everyone have a great time, making memories with family & friends. It wasn’t easy at first because providing a service, it is hard to put a price on your work – it took a little while for me to be confident in what I was doing and putting a price on it. I make conversation and connections with everyone involved because I always end up learning something and have been able to apply that to my business and realize my worth in this saturated industry of event planning. I want people to know that Kaden and Mimi is small, but mighty. I am really good at what I do and love being a part of special occasions. I get personally involved with all of my events and that is what makes them so successful.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have so many favorite spots here in LA. Most of them are more simple than you’d think. I like to cook, but having a friend in town means we’d visit places like Cafe Habana in Malibu, Tocaya, Water Grill on Ocean in Santa Monica, Mendocino Farms and Katsuya in Brentwood. We’d take walks along Ocean Ave / Palisades Park in Santa Monica, hit up Westfield Century City for shopping and food – just walk around because it’s so pretty and you can get a Randy’s donut! I’d check to see if the Troubadour was hosting anyone we’d want to see – love seeing music there because no matter where you stand you’re right there.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband, Ryan – I could not do this without his love & support. My family & friends have always built me up and gave me the confidence that I could do this. I am very lucky.