Today we’d like to introduce you to Britt Dosdall.
Britt, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a Doctor. I had big plans to go to Med School and spent my entire life preparing to take that path. With one semester of under-grad complete, I got a wild hair and decided to switch my major from Pre-Med to Business Management. I didn’t have any specific reason other than “I thought it would be more fun to wear business clothes everyday instead of scrubs”. My parents were shocked and confused as were my college advisors but despite everyone trying to talk me out of it, I made the switch. I share this because I think this switch in career paths was a pivotal moment in my life that has driven me to fight for success with every ounce of energy I can muster up to prove to myself that I’m just as “successful” (by whatever definition I’ve dreamed up for the day) as a business women as I would have been as a Doctor.
Business School was where I was meant to be. While I despised my finance classes, I thrived in my entrepreneurship classes. I had an amazing professor (Dr. Thomas) that inspired me and pushed me to think harder than ever before. I took every single class that he offered and aced each and every one – and for the record, he was known to fail a majority of his students each semester so those A’s meant just a bit more to me than the others. In my final entrepreneurship class with Dr. Thomas, we had to write a business plan for a small business. I remember researching the ins and outs of the wedding industry (an industry I hadn’t ever had any interest in before) and designing a business that seemed to streamline and simplify the planning process without compromising quality, customization, and creativity. When I graduated, I made a promise to myself that I would never work for a corporate company and that I would only ever work for small (preferably female owned) businesses until I figured out what my future company was going to look like. And so, I did! Since college, I have worked for four, female owned small businesses and boy did I learn a lot! I worked for horrible bosses that taught be exactly who I didn’t want to be as a business owner and I’ve worked for incredible bosses that taught me exactly who I did want to be as a business owner. Each one taught me an important lesson and acted as a stepping stone to make me successful as I transitioned into the next part of my career. The final “job” I had before launching Rebel Experiences was an incredible opportunity. About 4 years into my 6-year tenure there, I realized that I was working for a company that mirrored my business plan that I wrote back in college and I somehow found myself immersed in the wedding industry once again! In 6 years with that company, I had grown as much as I could grow and with my 30th birthday rapidly approaching, I knew I wanted to make the jump into starting my own business, I just didn’t know what the business was going be. I did a lot of soul searching a day dreaming and started to make a list of all the things I LOVED about my current job and then came up with a concept that embraced those things and only those things! I had a great plan going into 2020, I had all the right connections, the strongest, most amazing support system of personal friends and industry colleagues and the right clients that was going to make my first year in business “successful”… and then COVID-19 made its way to the US and crushed the special events industry. I refused to let a virus ruin my first year in business so I got right back to day dreaming and soul searching, tapped into that incredible support system, called on those connections and launched my pivot plan. That brings us to present day… I’m hustling every day, working as hard as I can and wearing as many hats as I need to wear to ensure that Rebel Experiences is growing and creating a reputation for itself so that when the event industry does come back to life, it is a household name and one associated with perseverance and passion to create unforgettable experiences!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’m not one to dwell on struggles or even look back in life and think of obstacles/challenges in a negative way. For every Plan A, I have a B, C, D, E, and F lined up and ready to go behind the scenes so that when an obstacle or challenge does present itself, I’m ready to go straight into problem solving mode and achieve as close to the final result as I had originally planned. I’m grateful for every challenge that I have overcome because I believe it put me on the right path to get to where I am today. I recently read a quote that said something along the lines of “if it didn’t all work out in the end, then it must not be the end” and I’ll carry that with me forever. It always works out in the end, so we just have to keep pushing!
For the sake of the story, I think my absolute biggest obstacle that I’ve had to overcome was launching a business in the middle of a global pandemic. I formed Rebel Experiences in September of 2019, announced I was leaving my former position in October of 2019, stayed on through January of 2020 to help hire and train 6 new team members to replace my role and ensure that my former department was going to transition seamlessly into the new year under new leadership. Once we made it through holiday season and my last day was official, I took a few weeks to decompress and visit friends/family in January, then really dove into my business and started to book clients for the year throughout February. By March, corporate events were starting to cancel/postpone and by April my books were back to zero for the year. By May I had conceptualized, designed a website, ordered inventory, executed a photoshoot and begun selling The Picnic Experience (my pivot plan) and here we are at the end of July and I’ve successfully sold and completed over 25 intimate events – from micro-weddings, to elopements, to bridal showers, to birthday parties, to anniversary parties, and everything in between!
Please tell us about Rebel Experiences.
Rebel Experiences is a collective of badass, creatives that rule the world, one party at a time.
Offering unforgettable + unique experiences in addition to full-service planning + design for your corporate event or wedding. The Rebel Team takes a modern approach to event planning that is hyper focused on creating a unique guest experience. With award-winning expertise and a ridiculously talented team of vendor partners, you can expect and trust that the next experience they design and produce will be anything but ordinary.
A Rebel Experience is unforgettable and unique – in the best way. We design and plan events that make you want to party! Just as quickly as one experience appears, it will disappear, leaving room for a new (not better, just different) experience to take its place.
For the Summer of 2020, I launched The Picnic Experience! This is an intimate, curated event that clients can booked and customize in their own way to celebrate engagements, new babies, birthdays, anniversaries, house warmings and even micro-weddings! The Picnic Experience boasts a simple, one-stop-shop planning process with all-inclusive pricing + a single delivery that includes curated picnic decor, seasonal floral arrangements, local cheese + charcuterie boards, a signature picnic cake, eco-friendly palm leaf guest ware, a locally poured candle and a Bluetooth speaker.
The Picnic Experience is an Instagram worthy event powered by local, small businesses! I am so proud of the fact that each picnic I produce supports at least 10 other small businesses – from alpaca blankets made in boulder, to local savory and sweet snacks made by local chefs/bakers featuring local product to blooms locally grown and then arranged into perfectly luxe bouquets to our signature candles hand-poured in Wash Park and even the eco-friendly disposable guesware comes from small businesses made in the US! When putting together the team of badass creatives for this experience, it was my goal to ensure that I was supporting as many local small businesses as possible (with an emphasis on female owned small businesses wherever possible)!
In addition to The Picnic Experience, I have continued my mission to support other small businesses in the event industry while also creating ways for our community members to celebrate and create new memories in a safe way through interactive dining experiences – pop-up dinners 🙂 I’ve held two dinners in partnership with New Belgium Brewing and Blanchard Family Wines and am currently working on a progressive dinner concept at the Dairy Block where guests will four courses each at a different location within the Dairy Block featuring signature cocktails and paired foods!
And in my spare time, I am still taking on new clients for full-service planning + design for 2021 corporate events + weddings!
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
This is only the beginning for me and for Rebel Experiences! I’m proud of the way this venture was started, I’m proud of the way that I transitioned out of my former position and into my new role as business owner and I’m proud of this collective of badass creatives that I get to work with every day! I think it’s important for all business owners to remember that this is a journey full of ups and downs, good years and bad years and “if it didn’t all work out in the end, then it must not be the end”.
- The Picnic Experiences starts at $35o for two guests
- Interactive Dining Experiences fluctuate based on the details of each dinner
- Website: www.rebelexperiences.com
- Phone: 6025611514
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @rebel.experiences
- Facebook: Facebook.com/rebelexperiences