We had the good fortune of connecting with Trish Healy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trish, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Are you crazy? That’s the phrase you’ll hear over and over whenever you step out of your comfort zone, whether in your career or in life. Moving from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles and leaving the support of my family and the security of my career trajectory behind, I was asked, “Are you crazy?” A few years later, when I decided to adopt a teen from foster care, the “Are you crazy?” question popped up again – along with some really loving and supportive sentiments too. And when my adopted daughter asked to have her first-ever sleepover at age 13 (something she couldn’t experience as a foster child), and it inspired me to leave my executive-level job to start WonderTent Parties, I was meet with, “Of course! That makes sense! Do it!” – not really, then more than ever I was greeted with the well-intentioned “Are you crazy?” time and time again. And to be honest, it’s a powerful question to ask. Not to be talked out of chasing a dream or taking a risk, but to pause, reflect, and reaffirm that, yes it may be crazy but I have faith it will work. Each time I have stepped boldly into the “Are you crazy?” moment it has enriched my life in ways I couldn’t imagine. A new city to fall in love with. A gorgeous, resilient, and every amazing daughter, and a business that is creating lifetime memories for people as they celebrate life’s big and little moments. And they’ve all been worth taking the risk for.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
WonderTent Parties offers one of a kind at-home experiences and we’re probably best known for our Signature SleepOver and Glamping experiences. We’ve always prided ourselves on bringing luxury level events to people’s homes, but more than that we’re proud to be creating experiences for them to make lifelong memories with family and friends. Now in our fifth year, the road has been fun but like any new business starting out it’s not without its challenges. But you learn to give things a try and if they don’t work, learn from them and roll that into success. When we started off there was nothing like what we are doing so we had to build a market from scratch and really engage and inform our clients about our services and offerings. You also learn to listen to what clients love about your business, and how you can provide more of what they are missing. It’s also important to know what your purpose is, why you’re doing what you’re doing. For me, it’s all about creating memories that last a lifetime. To have clients be wowed by what we do and always remember their Movie Night or Dining Experience with a smile and a “that was the best time” feeling. And it’s also important to me that we built a business that gives back. So a portion of the proceeds from every experience we do is donated to Kidsave, a not for profit who helps older kids in foster care find their forever family. Through them we met and adopted our daughter Celia, and it was Celia’s request for a sleepover that was the spark for WonderTent Parties. Knowing we are helping families create memories, and in turn helping foster kids find families, makes the challenges and tough times manageable.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Originally from Australia, we’ve become accustomed to being tour guide whenever friends and family come to visit. Always on our list are shopping at The Grove, visiting the Getty Center for the amazing art (and peaceful chill time in the gardens), and driving the PCH to Malibu for dinner at Sunset Restaurant. We love introducing them to their first (but not last) In’n’Out burger, going for a bike ride along Santa Monica Beach, and having delicious sushi at Sushi Kiyono in Beverly Hills. For entertainment, we’d catch a live show at The Hollywood Bowl and a movie at the Dome in Arclight Hollywood. And no visit with my family is complete with a trip to Disneyland. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve been lucky enough to find myself surrounded by some pretty amazing kick-ass women. Women who, as well as being great friends, are also accomplished and inspiring. Women who encouraged me to start my own business, gave great advice along the way, and celebrated my success. From my besties back in Australia, Doris and Kieran (both business owners) to my friends here, Bruna, Janice, Willow, all who have either started their own wildly successful companies or have pathed the way for others. And, of course, my daughter Celia inspires me every day with her resilience and “you got this” attitude. I’ve also been able to partner with some great entrepreneurs and businesses, from Zomi Gems to Curtis Stone and Picnic Society, all of who have shared their stories and offered invaluable advice along the way. I also surround myself with other inspiring young business owners like Charlie from Me’n’U Grazing who’s energy and hustle are equally inspiring.