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Today we’re introducing you to Emily Stonehouse, the floor manager for We Day, an event that we at The Party Girl can totally get behind. We Day celebrates youth who are making a difference in their communities, locally and globally, and features some all star celebs and inspiring messages that will have you making a change. You can learn more on their website here.
Tell us about your career path – what were you doing before you got to We Day, and how did you land this job?
Oh man, landing this job was a combination of luck, good timing, and really going outside my comfort zone. I worked as an Assistant Manager in a clothing store in Halifax for years; it was an enjoyable job, but I knew I wanted more. So one day I heard about the organization Me to We, which provided individuals with the opportunity to travel and volunteer abroad while helping build schools and wells and becoming immersed within the community they are traveling in. So I left my stable job and headed to work in the Amazon with Me to We. From there, I managed to stay in contact with my facilitators on the trip, and based on my retail experience, they offered me a job doing sales at We Day shows across Canada, and I have been on tour with the organization ever since.
Event life is definitely not your typical 9-5. What kind of things do you think are vital to balancing your personal and professional life?
Something this tour has taught me is how important it is to love yourself. As cheesy as that sounds, if you don’t pay attention to what you need to do, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed and forget why you’re there in the first place. While on tour, we usually work about 50 hours in three days, and when we aren’t working, we are generally on some plane, train, or automobile headed to the next city. But if you take the time to register when you are hungry, tired, or just need some quiet time, then there are people there to help you along the way. Always. It’s so important to keep yourself happy, and from there, you work harder, play harder, and do the best job you possibly can.
You just came off a pretty intense tour with We Day – how was that experience? Is it hard to adjust to being back in the city after travelling for so long?
To be honest, it hasn’t completely sunk in that tour is completely wrapped up. It’s nice to be back in the city I call home, but I’m sure I’ll miss the tour life. The experience is unlike anything I’ve ever had the opportunity to do before; I got to travel coast to coast working with an organization I feel passionately about and seeing over 100,000 youth attend these events who we know are going to make a difference in their local and global communities.
It is a nice time of year to be settled in one place though, I’m looking forward to catching up with friends and gaining a little more stability in my day-to-day routine, I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before I’m off on another adventure so I’m going to cherish my down time while I have it.
What are your responsibilities as floor manager? Tell us what a day in the life looks like.
My role is essentially overlooking all the sales of merchandise at the We Day events. Every day is a little bit different, but once we get to a new city, we generally head to our venue to work at around 6am, and then our day consists up setting up booths with product, doing inventory, and training volunteers. By the time event day rolls around, there is always a special energy in the air as we prepare to sell merchandise to anywhere between 8000 – 20,000 teachers and youth. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our volunteers all across the country; they’re the real rock stars, and I’m usually just the one with the walkie-talkie running around pretty frantically. But it’s always an amazing experience, and like I mentioned, completely overwhelming watching that many young individuals feel inspired to change the world.
What’s one piece of wisdom you’ve learned along your career journey you’d love to share with other women starting their careers?
As cliché as it sounds, the most important thing you can do is simply just be yourself. I spent a lot of my life trying to be someone else for other people in an attempt to please them, but at the end of the day, you as an individual have everything it takes to succeed. So focus on what you’re good at (and what you like) and run with it. I always knew I loved traveling, selling, and working with people, but I couldn’t imagine a job where all those things were combined, and as a result spent a lot of time compromising. But when I actually decided to focus on what I like and what I was good at, everything fell into place, and I couldn’t be happier.
What’s your next goal?
My immediate next goal? Sleep. My slightly more long-term next goal? Travel more. I would love to start facilitating trips to Kenya, India, or anywhere else in this big beautiful world. Working on the We Day tour also inspired me to become more involved within my own community, so I am currently looking into volunteering where I can within Toronto, and trying to get as involved as possible within the city. Always looking for more adventures; at home and abroad.
If you could pick anyone, which three women would you invite to your next dinner party?
Annie Leibovitz – I feel like she would be the one with the best stories.
Amy Poehler – I feel like she would bring wine.
Jane Goodall – I feel like she would bring a chimpanzee; which I am not opposed to at all.
Also, they are all amazingly strong and inspiring women whom I deeply respect.
What are your favourite Instagram accounts to follow?
@bythepartygirl obviously. How else would I be able to toss together something that slightly resembles a dinner party without her direction? I also love @harlowandsage, which is a page dedicated to dogs and their owners and always discussing the importance of loving animals and helping out animals in need. I am also always a sucker for any kind of travel blog so I can add new places to my bucket list.
I wish I knew how to…
Cook? Bake? Get the motivation to go grocery shopping once and a while? While on tour, you eat out every. Single. Day. And I would love for that to change…
Tell us what “celebrate the everyday” means to you.
It’s a combination of feeling lucky with what you have and proud of where you’ve come. Every day I feel lucky to have the support of my friends and family and that I am in a very happy place in my life, but I am also proud of what I have overcome to get here. Every day can be an adventure; whether it’s paddling through the river in the Amazon or finding the best sushi places on Queen Street West, life is what you make of it, and every new day is a new opportunity.
A big thanks to Emily for taking the time to let us into her [very busy] life!
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