INTERVIEW: Richard Moody
Socialite, fashion authority, event planner, philanthropist, motivational speaker and community servant are just a few of the titles used to explain the multifaceted individual known as Richard Moody, the official event planner for Caribbean Fashion Week.
Yet Moody is not just a name, its a brand. Through creativity and impeccable taste, IamMoody has established itself as an excellent event management crew, producing original, fresh and innovative party concepts. With a passion for perfection, and eye for detail, IamMoody combines trendy ideas with elegance and sophistication, to deliver results that are full of color, texture and imagination.Island Fuse caught up with Moody backstage to get the inside scoop.
IFE: How many years have you been involved in CFW?
MOODY: It’s my third year. I did CFW 2008, 2010 & 2011.
IFE: Is Moody more than a name?
MOODY: Yes! An attitude. Many years ago my nephew said “‘Moody’ is not just a name. It’s an attitude.” Now it’s a brand.
IFE: What is it about Moody’s events that distinguish them from any other?
MOODY: Commitment to detail, excellence, wanting client’s services to receive what is hip, fashionable and fun. We are very fun to work with. From front end to back end.
IFE: There is almost a seamless line between your business and philanthropy activities. How important is charity?.
MOODY: If we don’t give back we are never going to succeed. Our compassion for human spirit must be consistent. We must give to help each other. There shouldn’t be have’s and have not’s. I also work with several charities such as Humbleslice, Horizons Youth Program etc.
IFE: Many people search to find their “calling” in life. At what point in your life did you realize your calling?
MOODY: As a young person someone tapped me and said “you’re going to be somebody and I’m going to watch you.” Mentorship was important for me. I was brought up in church, that inspired my activities in charity. My parents were in the military, that’s how I travelled a lot. At University I was a cheer leader, this is how I got involved in modeling. I later got involved in AVEDA and HORST. They advised me to be a fashion choreographer, teaching models how to walk and visual concepts. But I was not only creative, I also had a business side.
IFE: What advice would you give someone coming up in the business?
MOODY: Whatever you are looking to do, don’t give up, or give in. Never say never. Seek internship and get involved. Don’t take NO! as final.
This interview can be found at http://www.islandfuse.com/articles/richard_moody.html