In Bed With... Tamalin of Savoir Agency

A visionary and the gal who knows everyone in Los Angeles, Tamalin Srisook, is the ultimate creator of events. For this In Bed With Interview, we sit down and chat with what makes her tick, how she got her start, the twists and turns (fun fact: she produced the first BeautyCon!), misconceptions about the events industry, and what's in store for her agency in 2019. 

Name: Tamalin Srisook
Location: Los Angeles, CA
IG handle / website: @savoircollab Savoir Agency

Current gig: 
I own an event marketing company called Savoir Agency, where we work with companies and brands to reach new audiences, increase sales revenue and utilize partnerships through experiential events.

I’m also the creator of an event series called, Savoir Collab Series. Powered and produced by Savoir Agency, Savoir Collab is a live event series that connects women for work that moves the world.

We highlight female entrepreneurs and thought leaders through meaningful programming where women share stories to inspire, accelerate change and create forward movement in women-led initiatives.

Our modus operandi is making social impact amongst women of all backgrounds, from the fresh millennial to the seasoned CEO, our goal is to ELEVATE ALL WOMEN.

Sum up your mission:

I’m creating the boys club made of women.

One word that best describes how you work:

Methodical

What software/tools/apps are you relying on?

Right now Canva is my best friend

Favorite book you can read over and over?

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

What's your best time-saving hack

Honoring time by not loading up my plate, because most likely something will get neglected and then I’ll have to play catch up which means something else will get neglected.


What's the best advice you've ever received? 

Be nice to yourself!

What do you wish you knew before embarking on this journey?

I won’t find success by living up to anyone else’s standards so stop trying

What did you do in your ‘past life’ (aka previous jobs, gigs, etc)?

Fun fact: I produced the first BeautyCon in 2012  
Not-so-fun fact: I didn’t get folded into the acquisition and I was on the first team to open the YouTube Space LA as the Global Programs Manager

Is there a specific lesson you learned or story from your ‘past life’ that you implement at your current gig?

Stay open and be consistent with your word, you never know who will become your biggest client. My biggest client I met from responding to a Craigslist ad.

 

What’s a big misconception about the events/production world?

The biggest misconception is that it’s sexy.

Reality is you bear all the risk, you’re the silent hero that puts out fires, rarely shower, give up sleep, last to put on the party dress and get paid after everyone else has.

What does your support system look like?

My husband is my greatest supporter by far, next would be my kundalini practice.

Can you take us through a typical day?

1. Coffee
2. Snuggle with my dog
3. Journal, read or tarot
4. Emails
somewhere between # 5-9 - I hope to add some sort of movement in my day like dance or yoga, work calls and/or work meetings and then scattered about I dedicate to social media and I cook at least 5 days a week.
10. Sleep, rinse, repeat.

What's your sleep routine like?

Don’t judge, but a nice glass of wine to help me unwind. My trusty ear plugs and I absolutely love falling asleep on the sofa. LOVE! and my newest addition, my “Let Me Sleep” eye mask. And my dog must sleep with me or I won’t sleep at all. The husband too but mainly my pup. ;P

What was your upbringing like and how did it affect your point of view, career path, etc?

Well. How much time do I have? Hahah

My upbringing was as normal as any 1st generation Asian home would be, education first. I squashed that when I got pregnant at 18. As a blessing, I was able to carve my career anyway I wanted to. Yes, I had some obstacles but I took for granted nothing and I wasn’t able to get stuck on any one idea for too long.

I learned to have faith in myself because no else will.

What surprised (good or bad, you choose) you about this journey?

My accomplishments are not measured by money. If you don’t have purpose you don’t have anything at all.

What’s in store for 2019 for Savoir? 

Instead of 80/20 event production/event strategy, we’re moving into 20/80. After 15 years in the events industry, we realize our best practices lie in our event strategy & marketing. As for Savoir Collab Series, we’re being more intentional by scaling back the amount of events and curating more elevated experiences and programming for women.

We’re working on bigger partnerships, developmental retreats, and power mind dinners. We’re also incorporating #womenwhoknow features on the site.

QUICKFIRE

My ideal # of hours of sleep is: 9
Sleep season for me is: Winter
How many pillows: 2.5 I like one soft, one firm and a small bundle or plush under my arm
AM or PM?: PM although as I get older AM is starting to become more frequent
Fav podcast?: The Cut
Nightcap?: Usually, rose wine or hot water with lemon
Bad sleep habit: Falling asleep on the couch with the TV on, although I intentionally do it
Good sleep habit: I’m space conscious and I stay in place, almost dead looking. My husband says I look like a buddha, I think it’s being considerate ;)
Side/back/stomach sleeper: Back and occasionally left side sleeper
Mantra: “Get the inside right. The outside will fall into place.”- Eckhart Tolle