Friends of Uno: Courtney Moore

Posted August 17, 2020

Get to know our resident Event Stylist.

Welcome to our Team Spotlight – where we sit down, get comfortable and have a chat with some of the empowering women who make up our extended team.

To kick it all off we have Courtney Moore, aesthetics queen and go-to-girl for event styling and bespoke, custom activations.

Courtney Moore AKA:

  • DIY Boss
  • Loud and proud perfectionist 
  • Visual Creator

Some of Courtney’s work for Uno Momento

So, Courtney…

Tell us in your words, what is it that you do?

Today I’m dedicated to capturing my clients visions, designing and creating one-off transformative experiences, pushing the boundaries on design and style. I design, create, build, style, plan and execute temporary activations and merchandising displays that leave lasting impressions on the people I work with. If you had asked me four years ago I would have had a completely different response, I started out unconventionally – building up a portfolio of clients and work first and establishing my brand and direction later.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?

My greatest inspiration without a doubt is Judi Watts. Judi has been in my life since I was 16 when I was a student of her Millennium Training Academy, a Deportment and Etiquette school. This was the first of many successful businesses her and her husband Kris would later found. I remember being in awe of her and really wanting to impress and stand out. Judi became someone I looked up to as a young entrepreneur who portrayed just about as much passion as one could have! I followed some of her early business ventures as a fan on social media as she started her own event styling business and then she and Kris founded Hampton Event Hire. It was after this our paths crossed again. When I got my first opportunity to style a pop-up lounge for Westfield, naturally I went straight to Hampton Event Hire! Obviously this felt like an exciting step for my business growth and I was so excited to show Judi how far I’d come. Over the years she has continued to inspire me through her experience growing successful businesses in the events industry, her self-made entrepreneurial journey and ultimately how she dedicates her time to encourage, support and inspire others; including me. Truly grateful to Judi and Kris, I’m still striving to impress them!

What’s been the most challenging lesson you’ve learnt since starting your own business?

I feel incredibly blessed to be able to say that I love what I do and couldn’t ever imagine myself anywhere else, although by putting yourself out there the fear or failure, or moments of weakness can be overwhelming. Sure my creative way of thinking may benefit me when I’m designing, however the entrepreneurial way of thinking does not come as naturally to me. As it’s been a pursuit of passion, feeling as though I lack business savvy can be a constant balance of working ‘in the business’ vs working ‘on the business’. I try to look at everything as a learning experience, but 4 years into business I’m still learning what it takes to market myself and really put myself out there in a big way. 

What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone looking to become a visual merchandiser and event stylist. 

I would say if you have a passion, follow it and be committed to working hard for it. In my experience it wasn’t because of formal studies or a desire to be in business, my dedication to working my way up, taking initiative and putting myself out there has been my secret to success.