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Rachel Nichols joins Realm, a new photo and event space, as a co-founder.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
My new role as co-founder of Realm gets straight to the heart of what I love: bringing people together to make new connections. Realm is an amazing intersection of design and necessity. With having Amethyst Coffee in the front of our space, a killer open floor plan flooded with natural light and an intimate upstairs meeting room, it’s hard to choose what I’m most looking forward to because I am looking forward to everything! I get to create tailored events for our community and have a front row seat into creative projects coming to life all while providing an amazing space where people can celebrate!
2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?
As someone who has been in the creative industry for my entire career, I’ve always sought out networking groups. Being involved in these organizations has given me insight into what kind of events people crave, how people connect and what resources creatives are looking for.
3. How did you get into the industry?
Realm is a natural extension of our three founders’ passion for connection, creation and celebration. Our backgrounds lie outside the traditional venue scene. We arrived at this place by keeping our eye on the prize with a lot of hard work and most of all, support from countless individuals. I honestly cannot emphasize enough how integral the support we have received has been.
4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
As someone who has always had a passion for hosting and connecting, my hope is to facilitate a culture at Realm that is equally welcoming, inspiring and engaging. For our creative community that means curating events where they feel nourished and having the resources so they can accomplish their goals, whether it’s a client presentation or providing amenities for an upcoming shoot. As a venue, it means we need to provide a space where our clients can visualize how their event will come to fruition through our unique furnishings and accommodating staff.
5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?
Being so new to the event industry, I’ve been astounded by the community support. The kindness and generosity of every person who has walked through the door and industry peers that have either mentored us, connected us with other venues and vendors or offered insight into venue management. I am so honored to be a part of such a supportive and positive industry.