Left Field Productions
Author of 'Become an Event Planner:
Secrets for Getting Hired from Employers, Recruiters, and Event Professionals'
Matt James is an award-winning event planner, author, and owner of event production company Left Field Productions. With 20 years’ experience in corporate, charity, brand experience, and special events, Matt has produced events for celebrities, including Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stella McCartney, Kevin Spacey, David LaChapelle, John Waters, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, and a range of brands, corporations, and charity clients, including Canon, Barbie, Montblanc, Chopard, Credit Suisse, Christie's, Selfridges, and The Red Cross.
The winner of 30 industry awards, Matt is often invited to speak at industry events, such as ISES conferences and lectures, International Confex, and RSVP; judge awards and competitions, including The Eventice, Corporate Event Association Awards, and Incentive Travel & Meetings Association Awards; and guest lecture at university event-management degree courses.
Prior to founding his own event production company, Matt worked for leading Middle East advertising agency Publicis Graphics. He began his event-planning career working on fundraising events for AIDS charity London Lighthouse, before joining the corporate events team at the investment bank Credit Suisse.
Left Field Productions is an award-winning event management, design, and production company with a client portfolio spanning leading brands, charities, and celebrity clients.
Past events include:
For more information see www.leftfield.productions.
Matt is the author of Become an Event Planner: Secrets for Getting Hired from Employers, Recruiters, and Event Professionals.
A straight-talking, no-nonsense guide that aims to teach job seekers the right way to prepare for a career in the events industry—with practical steps and action points to follow.
Featuring advice from employers, recruiters, and senior event professionals with experience working for some the industry‘s leading players, including:
Jack Morton Worldwide, George P. Johnson, Imagination, Apple, Microsoft, UBM, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Linklaters, ACCESS Destination Services, International Travel Group, The Dorchester Hotel, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, FremantleMedia, Rhubarb Food Design, Chad Hudson Events, The Red Cross, and ESP Recruitment—the leading recruitment agency for the events industry.
Suitable for complete beginners or those who have already taken an event-planning course but are struggling to find work in the industry, the book reveals what employers are really looking for, to give aspiring event planners the best chance of getting hired.
Matt is often invited to participate in industry events, initiatives, and educational programs including:
Matt has contributed to both consumer magazines, such as Instyle, Esquire, Sainsbury's Money Matters, and Ocado Life, and trade publications including Conference & Incentive Travel, Event, and his own monthly column, Matt's Planet, in RSVP Magazine.
Left Field Productions