She found us. She came all the way from Switzerland to be our spring/summer intern, and she's bringing all that sunshiny spirit in spades. Today is her birthday; she turns the big 2-2. Yes, we know, she's aging before our very eyes, so we wanted to give this old gal a little birthday love.
We asked her to write a few intro words: what she wants to do, how she came about event design, and why she came to this big, bad city.
TINSEL: So... event design. Is it big in Switzerland? What the what?
BAUTZ: When I tell people in Switzerland that I ultimately want to be a wedding planner, they often laugh or tell me that only exists in movies. It’s difficult for Swiss people to realize that wedding planning is a growing industry. In Switzerland, weddings are pretty conservative and often at church followed by a dinner at a hotel, which isn’t what I would want for the “most important day of my life”. I want to think out of the box and give the Swiss wedding industry a fresh new start and what better people to learn from than Americans–because we all know that nothing is to big or impossible over here!
TINSEL: Ha! 'Murrrica. And you came to NYC too, at that. So what are you studying? What does one do to get into event design, and in your case, wedding planning?
BAUTZ: I study hospitality management at a hospitality college in Lausanne, where most of the students do their internships in banks, hotels or big firms. [TINSEL crinkles nose at this...] I didn’t want to do an internship like theirs because I didn’t want to be a little bee in a big hive. I wanted to live an experience and working in a small company that would welcome me like family. [TINSEL smiles warmly.]
TINSEL: So, why'd you come here? And how'd you find us, anyway? (Wait, are we big in Switzerland??)
BAUTZ: I decided to apply for internships in The States because I am half American and Swiss and wanted to intern abroad, so why not in my other homeland. I applied and got several offers but then one company looked a bit different than the others and that was Tinsel & Twine, and I just knew that was the company I was going to intern for.
TINSEL: [Blushes] (OK... 1/3 of us blushed because 2/3 of us is black/brown.)
BAUTZ: Two days before my departure, I packed my two suitcases in about two hours taking what was important: my NY guides, my computer, winter clothes [TINSEL hopes she packed enough wool sweaters...] and of course books. I love reading and often have a book in my bag for when I need to kill time. At ten years old, when all the other kids were busy reading Harry Potter books, I was reading World War II books and women’s rights books. My friends often make fun of me because I love history so much and can spend hours discussing it around a glass of wine. [TINSEL loves her for this... sí, claro.] I left for New York, The “Big Apple,” and even though I have already been in the city a couple times, I was excited as if it was the first time because that’s the effect New York has on people. I wasn’t scared because couldn’t believe I was leaving, and still now can’t believe I am in New York.
TINSEL: So... what do you think so far?
BAUTZ: A month has gone by and I have already lived a couple adventures with the TINSEL team and yet know there is still so much to come…
TINSEL: [pops a bottle of champagne] (No, really. We're now having birthday mimosas. Cheers!)