We had the good fortune of connecting with Tina Michelle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tina Michelle, what do you attribute your success to?
Knowing what my product is and delivering exactly that to my clients. I don’t pretend to be something I’m not just to “get the gig”.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have a country rock band and teach line dancing from the stage. Clients who hire me for their events love the dance instruction as a way to get their guests on the dance floor, and I get a kick out of teaching people who have never tried it before! Because the guests at parties aren’t all country fans (yet!), we throw in classic rock that complements country music. I love it when people make the connection between classic rock and country rock, seeing the similarities. Having a strong work ethic has always important to me. I answer emails, phone calls, etc. in a timely manner and do what I say I am going to do. Anyone paying for a service deserves that consideration. By the time the event rolls around and the client and I meet face-to-face (for the first time in many cases), there’s mutual admiration and respect because of a relationship that has been handled with care.
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’m in Los Angeles so there is a ton to do here, but I’m a valley girl (for the past 12 years), so most activities would be close to home. We would definitely hit the Rancho Equestrian District for some horseback riding and then follow that up at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill for some live music and dancing, preferably on a Friday night, which is “country night”. Another night I’d take her to my favorite little AYCE sushi shot, The Sushi by Jin in North Hollywood. It’s the BEST (and it doesn’t involve a buffet – they serve it to you in courses) and they have AMAZING specialty rolls! Another spot I’d take her is Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas – on a Sunday afternoon. It’s great for people watching (parking lot of full of Harleys!) and there’s always a classic rock band playing. Of course we’d have to hit the beach and I’d probably opt for Malibu since the drive isn’t too far and we’d get great views of the Pacific coastline with lots of surfing to watch. One last thing I wouldn’t want my bestie to leave without seeing would be a beautiful view of the city at night. For this, I’d take her to Yamashiro in Hollywood. And OF COURSE we’d need to have some sushi!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Organization is key to running any successful business, and I’m thankful to have gotten some really great basics I could apply from Hubbard Management Technology. Thankfully I could take few basic courses and didn’t need to invest lots of time into a business degree.
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