Finding the balance between your supposedly booming social life and ‘securing the bag’ as a professional is difficult as a young millennial, but 23-year-old Cheraine Marshall, owner of @paidpartygirl, is here to show us that it is indeed possible.
As early as the young entrepreneur could remember, she was in love with the party scene. Promotion, music, food, drinks and decor are just a few of the aspects that she looks forward to when preparing to go to an event. “Of course, dancing is a part of it, but for the experience to be a fulfilling one, everything must be right. I look at the whole pie,” she said. At first, she struggled to keep her life afloat and would always get memorandums which spoke to her constant lateness; the result of lack of proper planning because all she wanted to do was party. “My mother and I would always get into it. Argument after argument that partying is fine but there must be balance,” she explained. Having grown weary of the situation, Marshall decided to monetise what she loved.
Paid Party Girl: The birth
The fact is, every pan that made sweet sounds, coupled with the atmosphere of people and happiness, Marshall wanted to be there. She had no choice. “It was two years ago,” she recounted. “I started the business of @paidpartygirl, which is a full-service promotional entity.” Being able to build and flesh out promotional strategies for any social event equates to securing both the funds and the fun. Since then, she opened her doors to the general female population who have interest in social spaces, and now has over 200 active members. The extroverted socialite describes it as a ‘sorority’. “We are all from different professional backgrounds. Some of us are even corporate decision-makers. We meet, we plan, we support each other, and the best part is we get to attend the hottest parties all year long by either engaging in promotions or party reviews.”
Tips and Future Plans
Of course, Flair had to sneak a few ‘paid partying’ tips out of her.
- Prioritise. You can’t attend every party. Choose the ones you know can do more for you than offering a good time.
- Network. The key to any venture, professional/social is networking. You need to know the right people and understand how to relate to them on their level.
Marshall hopes to be international in the next 3-5 years. Rubbing shoulders with the best in the business while forming new bonds for networking and improving life is top priority. If you wish to join this network of social professionals, who can make doors open for you, the list reopens January 2020, and can be found in the bio of all their social media pages @paidpartygirl
Story by Jessica Harrison
Photos by Shorn Hector