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Andy Parsons

Quit your job, become a... party planner

Danielle Goldstein

Steven Duggan 31, creative designer and director of Steven Duggan Events

Have you planned parties for any famous faces?

‘I’ve done Elton John. But currently Adele is our most famous: she’s a frequent client. That’s not to say she hosts a lot of massive parties – it could be for something small she’s having at home where I offer a creative helping hand.’

Did you always yearn to throw big bashes as a child?

'I was fascinated by the circus when I was a child, by the fact that it’s a pop-up production and you never know what’s going to happen. That’s where my interest in events started.'

How did you make a success of your event business?

‘I studied events management and PR, and I have a degree in architecture and interior design. It’s a mix, but I think all of what I studied helped my pursuit. I like the whole design aspect of events.'

What is the weirdest party you've ever organised?

'I think the funniest was a petting zoo. It’s not very unusual, but we were chasing goats around a garden, which is not a thing you imagine you’ll be doing. That was a Peppa Pig party for a first birthday.'

What's a typical week for you?

‘Our events are quite big productions, so we probably do one every two or three weeks on average. Otherwise it’s all design and meetings. I like to walk around the city to get ideas. I think it’s important to see, for example, the difference in fashion throughout Soho compared with the way people dress in Knightsbridge. I have to see the change in trends, so I don’t ever want to stick to 50 hours in an office.’

It sounds like a dream job.

‘Well, the parties can be very labour-intensive. We could be working from 6am one day until 6am the next, and I would’ve changed clothes in the back of a van. But to watch a birthday girl or boy walk in and see their happy reaction: that’s so rewarding.’

Hours: 50 per week

Starting salary: £20,000 p/a

Qualifications: Events management experience

Or, why not become a cat rehomer?

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