We had the good fortune of connecting with Elijah Reyes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elijah, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I needed to think outside the box and come up with a way to provide SAFE live entertainment for those still celebrating life’s special occasions. Performers (like myself) were in need of a place to keep their art alive and clients needed to have a mobile contactless service to call upon.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My story/career is very unique. I spent my school years attending a Performing Arts Highschool in San Diego from 5th-12th grade. My professional career started right out of Highschool as I sailed the world on cruise ships, performed at various theme parks and even toured with the world famous Radio City Rockettes Christmas spectacular. Not only did my career consist of performing I also started an entertainment company that ran for 15 years. The company provided Deejay services, kids entertainment, photobooth services, characters and basically anything that had to do with entertainment. A big lesson I learned with having my own business is to not micro manage once you’ve given a responsibility to another. You must trust the people you bring on to help you and realize they have skills that you may not. There was a very exciting crossroads I came to in 2018 when I booked the Broadway Smash hit “Hamilton” touring company. Although I had established a thriving entertainment business I knew I had to give it up for something that fulfilled me more, performing. With only a month before I had to start rehearsals in NYC I had to sell all the business assets and say goodbye. It was happy farewell, knowing there was so much excitement ahead. Like most of society during this pandemic Hamilton was shutdown and put on hiatus. I’ve never been one to sit still so I began to think of new creative ways to make a living. With the skills I had already established with my pervious company, I new I could start a new business that would fit the needs of the ever changing world. Sidewalk Serenadez was created! As I look back I’m so thankful to have gained so much knowledge about business through the years. Something I repeatedly say is “Don’t get stuck in the perfection of your art! Let is go and it will change with time”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Vegas has always been a go to for my and friends. Why? Mainly for the entertainment factor. With so many over the top shows and variety acts there is so much to see in one place. The nice thing for a SoCal resident is thats it only a short drive away. Plus they have a restaurant there that specializes in my favorite dish called “Nacho Daddy” The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The Disneyland entertainment department: They gave me many inspirational and creative ideas throughout the years as well as a wonderful exciting environment to perform in. Hamilton Tour: Being apart of such a diverse and dynamic cast of performers led me to want to create more opportunities for my fellow artists to showcase their talents. Lin Manuel Miranda: Getting the chance to perform side-by-side with Lin in Puerto Rico and watching how his creative mind works has been a heavy inspiration to press hard into my goals.