Happy Friday, Cowes! Today, we shine light on Lissa Monet, queen of THAT SLOW JAM PARTY among many other things. Read on to discover Lissa’s journey.
Give us your elevator pitch — tell us a bit about yourself. We want to know what you’re all about. #LocalLove is all about showing love to bad-ass bosses like yourself.
My name is Lissa Monet and I’ve been a DJ based in the Toronto area for over 15 years. In my career, I have DJ’d some pretty amazing gigs – TIFF Openings, a Nightclub opening in Africa and even spinning the VIP Pre Party for the Beyonce Formation World Tour! From these amazing experiences, I have made some amazing friendships and created some cool opportunities for other female DJs in my city. I decided to partner with another bad-ass boss, Cleo Ellis, and create LUXELIFE SOUND, an all-female DJ Boutique Booking Agency, focused on placing talented female DJs at boutique events across the country! I recently started a party series called THAT SLOW JAM PARTY and we just celebrated our one year anniversary. It’s been a pretty amazing ride.
Can you share with us what you do for work and how you make an impact?
I really love making an impact at LUXELIFE SOUND because we really advocate for the fair treatment of our DJs while at their gigs as well as provide opportunities for our DJs to play some pretty cool and high profile events.
How did you get into this line of work?
The love and passion for music. Point, blank period.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given (career or otherwise)?
“If you don’t know how to do anything, learn to do it yourself first, because when you finally get around to that point in your career when you have to pay someone for their services, you already know what it takes to get the work done and know the value in the work you are paying for.” -Chuck D.
How about the worst?
“In order to get ahead in this game, you kinda have to kiss some ass.” – Name not even worth mentioning
If you could paint your ideal life, what would that look like in 5-10 years from now?
To be honest, I don’t know. I don’t plan that far ahead. Cause you never know what life might throw at you. Why make all these plans; then have a wrench thrown in the plans only to get riled up and frustrated. Better to be ready for anything.
What are your favourite resources that you’ve come across over the years (e.g., email extensions, design apps etc.)?
Who are 3 of your favourite Canadian entrepreneurs that our readers should absolutely be in the know about?
Shannae Ingleton – Shannae is a BEAST! A long time friend of mine, we actually partnered together years ago to start an online boutique (which didn’t end up coming to fruition, but I learned SO MUCH from her during our discovery process). Super meticulous and super stylish, I love how she’s made this seamless transition from corporate life to running her own influencer agency for WOC, Kensington Grey.
Treasa Brown – Treasa is an event planner who knows her sh*t. We met when I was working at a wedding she was coordinating and was so impressed with how smoothly everything went. We eventually became friends and she’s assisted me with some amazing initiatives – she runs her event planning company Leigh Event Group like a fortune 500 company.
Tanya Hayles – I gotta give a big shout out to Tanya Hayles, her organization, Black Moms Connection grew from 20 friends to almost 12k women around the world. Her organization has guided moms through the education system, financial literacy, miscarriages, and taught financial literacy to give the future a better chance at a better future. I meet with Tanya on occasion not just because she’s great energy, but because she’s always accomplishing some major milestone and it’s absolutely motivating.
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