Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Val Martinez, Founder of Val’s Main Stage Productions, located in Sherman Oaks, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We create high-end custom-designed live entertainment for all kinds of events, including weddings, private parties, corporate events, and parties for kids/teens. We can provide musicians or a full band, DJ/MC, variety, entertainment, event coordination, and lighting. We work closely with our clients to create their vision by listening to what they want, giving professional advice, and then creating a fun event that their family/friends, and/or clients will always remember!

Tell us about yourself

I come from four generations of entertainers and started singing when I was only three years old. I am currently a celebrity, singer, and Producer/Director of a successful touring show. I really wanted to bring my talent and experience to the event industry to help create unique and memorable Experiences that would bring joy and happiness to others. It makes me very happy to do this and be there for people's most memorable moments like birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries, for example.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishments have been running a successful business that is well respected and helps employ talented artists in this town and the joy and happiness we bring to the people that trust us to create entertainment for their special events.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

The biggest challenge is handling all of the many details in a successful company and managing to leave time for myself and my family still.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

First off love what you do. Second, give yourself all the tools for success before you begin. Three, be patient and disciplined because it's a lot of hard work for the first 2 to 5 years before you really come into your own.

Where can people find you and your business?


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