We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Adeline Cole and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tiffany Adeline, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
This is a question I’ve only recently answered as I’ve become a small business owner. Since I was little I wanted to be a dancer and I’m happy to say I am and will always be a dancer. However, as I’ve started to make this transition out of performing professionally on the main stage, I often find myself wondering how giving up the one thing I always thought I was meant to do feels more aligned with my spirit and my future than holding on. Endurance and determination make up the foundation of who I am. You always keep going no matter what. But in all honesty, when the world stopped and the theater industry went dark, I felt relieved. I wasn’t quite ready to admit it yet, but that’s when I knew that the path I was on wasn’t right anymore. It took one year, a move home to California, and a new business to realize that sometimes you have to give up and let go in order to find your true path. How do I know it’s the right path? Because I end every day thinking, “Wow, I’m really good at this!” There’s a flow I tap into when I’m planning a wedding that I’ve never experienced before. Sure, it’s very hard work and it’s definitely an exercise in a new type of endurance but there is no imposter syndrome. I am exactly where I’m supposed to be, and that feels incredible.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am one-half of UNICUS. A bi-coastal wedding planning agency spearheaded by artists for the creative and imaginative couple. Along with that, I have been dancing since I was three years old. I have my BA in Theatre Arts and I made my Broadway Debut in Escape to Margaritaville in New York. I’ve mentioned all this because there would be no UNICUS. without my theater career. I was performing in a musical in Berkely, CA when I met my cast member Celia Mei Rubin who went on to become my Co-founder and business partner. Together we are the Matriarchs of UNICUS. Our company is all about planning non-traditional weddings for creative couples while also striving to create work for artists. Whether that be hiring broadway performers to sing, or connecting our couples with musicians turned photographers. Before we created UNICUS, I had been really struggling with wanting to be in control of my own creative output. As professional artists, our craft is our own but the chance to perform is not. We’re constantly waiting for someone else to say yes you’re booked! We created our business about a month into the pandemic and for the first time I was in complete control (well 50%) of how and what I produced. The thing I’m most proud of is that. The weddings we were fortunate enough to work on this year were produced through our sheer determination and the belief that four amazing women could pull it off and we did!! Of course, we had help from our community and our loved ones but there’s nothing like looking out a happy couple surrounded by friends and family and knowing you brought their vision to life, and not only did it come to life, it absolutely rocked!!

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?
This is hard for me since I’ve only been back in LA for short while and I feel like I have to get to know the city again. Okay, here goes.

We’re definitely going to the beach. The ocean is one of my favorite places so it’s at the top of my list. (Venice or Malibu)

Bacari on West 3rd. I went here recently for a friend’s birthday and it was out of this world. A must-stop.
Hot Mother Clucker in Sherman Oaks. Fried Chicken Sliders at the car wash!
All things Sushi.

Looking for a great Salsa spot! Any recs?

The Self Realization Center in Malibu. This is a place I haven’t gotten to spend as much time at as I would like. Beautiful and Peaceful. The best part, every faith is welcome.

Self Care
Wi Spa in Korea Town. This would happen multiple times during the same week. I’d live here if I could!

Park Day
Elysian Park
I was driving out of downtown and back toward the valley when I passed a park I’ve never seen. It was truly breathtaking.

Also, one of my favorite places. But we have to do it with a twist. The old Santa Monica Airport Hanger has a giant Blow up movie screen and a really cute bar set up.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This list could be filled with so many people. But since I can only choose one, I’ll just tell my people (you know who are) I love you and I wouldn’t be where I am without you.

I’d like to thank my Best Friend and UNICUS. Premiere Creator, Alexandria Rossi. I think it’s rare to find someone that magically fits in every part of your life. But I’m just that lucky to have a best friend who encourages me, supports me, challenges me, and inspires me. She’s been in my corner even when I’ve been across the country going after my dreams. The voice of reason and the friend who makes you brave. Not to mention the fact that she is a BadA** feminist parody rapper minutes from taking the world by storm. This version of me would not exist without her love, honesty, shenanigans, and her willingness to put up with all the beautiful craziness that makes me, me.

Website: www.unicusweddings.com

Instagram: @unicus.weddings

Other: unicuswest@gmail.com

Image Credits
Josh Yadon

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