We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan C Tinio and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Megan C, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think the concept of risk is something that we are often raised to be fearful of. “Be careful” or “be safe” are concepts we are more accustomed and more comfortable hearing. However, I believe that “without risk, there is no reward”. I have seen this play out in my personal and professional life. I moved out of my childhood home and went straight to a 4 year university immediately after my senior year in high school – I was 17. There were many risks involved: I was going to live alone for the first time in my life, I was going to be living hours away from my family and my comfort zone and I was venturing out to start “building my own life” and I had NO idea what that meant. Ultimately, that risk played out. I got an amazing education, I met wonderful people, and it set me on a path that has lead me to the life I live today. I think of the time that I was looking for my first internship. I had just decided that I wanted to explore the Special Events Industry and through networking, I found a woman that had just started her own business in events. I took the risk and reached out to her about an internship even though she was not advertising or searching for an intern at the time. What is important in this story of life is that SHE (the business owner I interned for) actually took a risk on ME. She saw something in me and believed that I could contribute to her and her growing business and she said “yes” you can be my intern. That experience completely changed my life and the trajectory of my future in events. The events I worked on, the skills I learned and the connections I made through that internship ultimately guided me through the next 8+ years of my professional life. If it weren’t for my risk to move to college, and if I didn’t risk putting myself out there in search for an internship, I would not even be here sharing my story with you! Finally, starting my own business and choosing to pursue it full time is one of the biggest risks I have taken thus far. I must say, it has also been the MOST rewarding. For years, others encouraged me to start my own business in events but for so long, I wanted to “be careful” and “stay safe” and shied away from taking that risk. In 2017, after many jobs and experiences, I finally felt like it was time to take a risk into something I knew would be worthwhile. I must say, it has not been easy. Choosing to take a risk does not guarantee an easy road but I promise you, the outcomes are so validating when you know you had something on the line.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business is not just business – it is my passion. What I have chosen to pursue is not something that I decided overnight and is not something that is going to make me rich quick (especially in a post-COVID world). In fact, I felt “called” or “commissioned” to pursue this. At a time in my life where I didn’t really know what I wanted to do next, I sat quietly and waited for an answer. I have always been the person to organize events or bring people together. Whether it be friends for dinner or a holiday family gathering, I am always the first to say “what day are you free!?” On this day that I waited for an answer, I knew that it was time to finally use my specialized skills to make an impact on other people. I believe that the memories we make with our loved ones are something that we get to keep forever. I plan weddings and events so that people can gather and make memories together. I use my organizations skills and my network to produce beautiful experiences for people to enjoy. Once things are going and everything has been checked off the timeline, I stand there and I see people joyful people and it brings a smile to my face. I know that I I have been given a gift to help others celebrate and that is the heart behind Magical Moments by Megan. We want people to know that MMM is about much more than showing up the “day-of”. We want people to understand that the value we offer is being able to put you at ease from the moment you decide to bring us on to your team until the moment you leave the venue at the end of your amazing event. We want to see you and your loved ones with genuine smiles on your faces knowing that we guided you through the process up until the perfect event that you are enjoying in that moment. And even more so, years down the road, we want you to look back and know that you truly experienced a “Magical Moment”.

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?
I have only been living in the LA/OC area since 2017 so I am very much still learning about the cool spots myself! However, one of my favorite places to take people is Signal Hill Reservoir Park. I love the view of the Port of Long Beach and Downtown. I like to envision all the things things that make a city move – the roads, the services being offered, the storefronts that exist. After I take someone to the hill, then I drive down and take them to see the ground level. I drive them through Long Beach and along the coast. Next spot would be the Korean Friendship Bell in Rancho Palos Verdes. Its another amazing view of the California coast and there is so much history incorporated at that location. Food is life. So honestly the destinations that I bring people when they come visit, are primarily based around the FOOD we are going to eat. Tacos and all sorts of Mexican Food is a staple so we are most likely going to visit a LOT of taco shops. But another great thing that LA has to offer are places like Public Market, SteelCraft or the Anaheim Packing District. I love the food station concept and think that is a great way to try so many tasty things! And lastly, we are going to as many breweries as possible. From Ballast Point to Golden Road there are a bunch of small breweries that I can’t even start to name them all but we are definitely checking a ton of them off the list. The same as weddings and events, its about the food, the atmosphere and the people you are enjoying it with. It would be the same if a friend were coming to visit – we would be enjoying ourselves, stress free, making memories that will last a lifetime! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout all the amazing, generous and inspiring people I have met on my life’s journey! I mentioned earlier the woman who took a risk on me and that early internship but aside from her, there have been so many people and friends that have taught me valuable skills and knowledge that have been instrumental in the pursuit of my passion. Its too many names to name and I don’t want to only give thanks to one person but I know for a fact that I did not get where I am today by myself. I owe much of my success to these individuals – some I still know and talk to and some people that were just in passing. Every person matters and has made a difference and I am forever grateful to all of them.

Website: https://www.MagicalMomentsbyMegan.com

Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/MagicalMoments_byMegan

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-c-tinio-281b39a8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magicalmomentsbymegan.mmm

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/magical-moments-by-megan-cerritos

Image Credits
Larissa Bahr Photography, Mia Alyssa Photography, Sweet Day Studio, Sessions by Anne Salas, Stacy Keck, True Photography

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutLA is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.