NJ, NY, NYC Photo Booth – Green Screen Photo Booth for Sweet 16 at Liberty House

NJ NJ NYC Photo Booth - Green Screen Photo Booth for Sweet 16 at Liberty House

The Lightning Photo Booth is the cool new things for Bar Mitzvahs  Sweet 16s, Weddings and Fund Raisers. Holiday Parties have a blast. This one of a kind booth allows up to 10 people at one time, and you are immersed in the backgrounds of your choice live on screen. The Most Fun you can Have in a Booth.

This Sweet 16 above was at the Liberty House on the water overlooking NYC.  As you see you can get Lucite frames for your pictures, and crazy wild props to play with.NY Wedding Green Screen Photo Favors

The vibrancy of the photos on the highest quality print paper is almost 3D feeling.

The vibrancy of the photos on the highest quality print paper is almost 3D feeling.

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More Great Video Highlights 2012 and 2013

Fantastic afternoon that felt like the very best Saturday night party with the Koestler family.  The party took place at the Salem Country Club.  Very nice place, great hospitality, a wonderful place to have an event.

Two different but equally amazing Horas in Brooklyn.  The first one from Beth Elohim in Park Slope with the Bender Family.  The second from Dumbo Loft with the Futterman family.  Both parties were indescribably delicious and guests left full of elation.

This stands on its own.  This man is my hero when it comes to just being free on the floor.

Lots more coming.  Keep smiling, enjoying and call us for your dj, lighting and video needs for upcoming weddings, mitzvahs, fundraisers, holiday parties and corporate events.

Michael Sage Schindler

LSNY Events

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Great Video Moments from 2012 and 2013

B-Girl Sweet was the first ever to achieve this.  The workout you get just trying to get 1 or 2 in there is really great.  I am now on a mission to do this.  The Kids LOVE this game and so do the adults.

Abi Futterman at the Dumbo Loft.  Pure Joy.

Anya Kaufman party at Roulette in Brooklyn January of this year.  Lisa Albin, creator  of IglooPlay Furniture told us it was the greatest night of their lives.  This is the greatest thing anyone can ever say about anything that a human being had a hand in making happen.  But it’s that more enriching coming from a highly successful artist. We are so grateful for the opportunity.

More to come.  Please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Soften, Smile and Breathe – and ENJOY your days.

Michael Sage Schindler

LSNY EVENTS

 

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The Greatest Feeling in the World is Helping others to have THAT Feeling

great room party shotI’ve been in the special event industry now for 25 years, hard to believe.  A quarter of a century entertaining if I had to guess somewhere between a half a million and 2 million people. This was something I thought would just be fun to play with.  I never expected to be devoting my life to it.

I was pursuing a career in the

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arts as an actor, dancer and songwriter.  I came to NYC and lived with my sister in a 2 BR apt in Windsor Terrace Brooklyn right across from Prospect Park.  We were paying $450 a month and I could barely scrape that each month.

I had a lot of pride and confidence, but not much to prove it back then.  Those in the arts now, or pursing the arts know the challenges and difficulties you face everyday.

You have to have a thick skin.  Unfortunately I never had thick skin.  Fortunately there were just enough people who I had some talent that I didn’t wither away into defeat and depression.   But that didn’t stop bouts with real doubt and frustration.

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I got lucky in my first year in the big apple  I landed a gig written and directed by Harold Guskin the acting coach of Kevin Kline, Glenn Close and many other well known actors.  Guskin is somewhat of a legend in the acting profession.  I was honored. He not only cast me but asked me to write 4 songs for the show. We performed at schools and it culminated in a stop at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts.  That was a nice little taste of artistic fulfillment.

Back in NYC, I catered and waited tables like

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the litany of other aspiring talented people out there and then I got a really cool role.

I toured in the middle 1980’s in a show that dealt with teen drug and alcohol abuse, called Halfway There.  The show (apparently turned into a movie in 2011) toured schools, rehab centers, prisons (yes we were often, escorted in to perform behind bars – yes we were scared), universities, regional theaters and even off Broadway.

This show really changed my life.  I played the role of Temptation. It was a silent physical role,  that required my mime and movement training.  It was a masked part. He was the sinister, evil part of addiction, that could control the teens whenever he wanted.  It added a surrealistic aspect to the play that was very powerful.  I worked on and off with this play for 5 years playing 2 other non-masked roles, that required a lot of emotional range.

People would come up with tears in their eyes afterward with their sons and daughters who were recovering or perhaps relapsed and wanted to go back in.  It was an eye opening experience for a very young inexperienced man to see firsthand what directed intention with art can do.

During and after this run, I continued pursuing a career as an actor.  But I soon realized that every gig I got did not have the same penetrating impact and inspiration.  I realized that I craved that. It wasn’t enough now for me to just act or sing.  I realized I craved a way to somehow connect to audiences in a deeper more meaningful way. Performance for me to show myself off simply wasn’t as satisfying.

Steven & Justin (82)I actually fell into the special events performing (weddings, mitzvahs & corporate events) niche by accident when a really hot girl friend of one of the other actors came to that touring showand told me I’d be great with the company she worked for.  I didn’t know what it was but if I could be next to her (or girls that looked like her) I’d be crazy not to see what it was about.

She said that she performs at parties.  They do choreographed numbers and just dance and have fun with the guests.   And I was like and they pay  you to do that?  I was like Babe Ruth when they offered him a a contract…”they’re going to pay me to play baseball?!”

So I tried it out.  My first party was a Bar Mitzvah in Long Island.

It was a blast.  I got to be wild, irreverent, crazy, funny and got to dance with a lot of great looking women, and get crazy with the kids.  And while it wasn’t quite the transformational experience the show was, what I liked was the positive energy and dancing, and I could help people to have a great time.

I worked for many years as an interactive dancer and specialty performer eventually learning how to move 200 people as a solo dancer.  I learned to be a games master, and my improvisational theater background worked wonders here.  I worked my way up in vinestage3different capacities to master of ceremonies for 2 of the 3 largest companies in the NYC area, eventually headlining and on site point person for around $2 to $3 million dollars of special events a year, helping to build business for owners that didn’t necessarily have the quite the same ideals, consideration for clients or ethics. 

I had already created LSNY Events back in 1991, and was it was slowly growing, emphasis on slowly.  We started with maybe 6 parties a year offering choreographed routines to event companies who didn’t have performers.  Then 12 parties.  Then a few more each year.  People were truly enjoying what we did, but I still envisioned a solo career as an actor or singer so I didn’t push it.

I was making most of my living between working for other companies and waiting/catering.  Then there was a certain “aha” moment when I had a record deal in hand and then lost it that I did not want to live my life in waiting for my life to happen mode.  That coupled with finding out that clients were hiring and rehiring the companies I was working for by requesting the only stipulation was that I was their MC.  I found out that if I was not at the company the client would not have booked that company because they weren’t all that fond of  them.

That was the tipping point.  That’s when I stepped away from the perpetual starving artist and into the entrepreneurial role and began building LSNY Events for real.  From 1998 to 2004 LSNY grew exponentially to where I was able to completely step away from fronting other companies and working solely with LSNY.

And LSNY really took off from 2004 to today growing exponentially each year.

We have somewhere in the neighborhood of 34 from clients telling us that their event was “the BEST party or event they’ve ever been to”, and that has been the feedback they received from their guests as well.  We love that.  My whole staff gets really pumped when we read that.  

But then we received 1 video that said that their event with us was the “Best Day of their Lives”.   It was from a family in Sarasota, Florida – the father is a heart surgeon.  It was his Sammi, his 1st daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. It was incredibly touching receiving a  “Best Day and Night of my Life’s” because a) He didn’t want anything to do with the party when we first met. B) He’s a very serious guy (scary serious and has a lot of gravitas) and C) He completely surprised me that he would even participate.

He got caught up in the atmosphere, and energy swirling around.  Something he never expected, all happened quite naturally.  No one pushed him.  The energy was bouncing off the ceiling, a very excited energy from the first moment.  It ended up taking him for a ride that felt the best to him that he’s ever felt.

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When someone says those words Best Day and Night of my Life, I cannot imagine anything better than that.  And this man operates on peoples’ hearts and saves people’s lives for a living.  He’s also witnessed the birth of 2 of his daughters and been married once.  He has a beautiful large house on the water, and probably traveled the entire world and seen things I’ve never seen.  Yet this day with our company produced what was unmistakable in his words and emotions the best of his life.

That was another game changer.  That struck a chord with me.  I had come full circle.

Seeing and hearing something like the best day of my life absolutely brings me back to my

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days with the drug and alcohol rehab tour.  I was truly surprised and delighted to find out something like that was possible from a party.  It simply never occurred to me that this was something in the realm of a party to do.  

But once I saw/heard that, and realized it was possible there was no going back.

I began really observing and investigating what we do and how we do it.  How did we get from here to there?  What were the elements that seemed to really connect with people? What was being said and done to inspire folks to naturally come fully alive?  And how our approach and execution could make that happen again and again.  I shared this with my staff.  This can be just another fun, amazing party or you can really make an impact thought truly investing and giving.  It’s up to you.  If we change our intention what might take place?

And we took on a very subtle change and more realized outer change of energy.  And the letters began coming in.  Over the last six years we have had 14 personal responses that have said was the “Best Day of (my life or) their Lives”.  One as recent as a 2 weeks ago from furniture designer Lisa Albin.

Once is by accident.  Twice may be a coincidence.  After that it would certainly appear that we unearthed a method or a system.

And let’s be real here, I know it is not possible at every event.  There are so many variables that come into play.  It’s like pitching a perfect game.  At any given event 75 to 500 people (or more) have to all begin to resonate and let go with that

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appreciation and joy, where all woe, criticism and jadedness just dissolves away for a while.  In its place emerges a presence of joy and hope, exited anticipation and willing involvement.  It’s something that can only happen because people WANT it.  It cannot be coerced, manipulated or demanded.

All the elements: the heart, the  energy, intention, focus combine with the details, planning and execution to all fall exactly inline and in sync. And all of a sudden the event flows into to that zone:  That sweet spot of excitement with full out energy life force blazing.  Unleashed Freedom.

And people become the best versions of themselves.

How great is that.  As the commercial says, “Priceless.”

When I can’t do this anymore and parties are a thing of my past, all the earnings have long been accounted for, braces have been paid for, college is over, kids have grown and have their own lives and families, the thing that will mean the most to me is that we were an integral part of people’s lives for a moment, creating something really special and meaningful for our clients, their friends and families, and guests 1 at a time,  100 to 300 people at a time.  

And every once in a while helping a person to have such an extraordinary experience that they remember it as one of the best days they spent alive.

This has been my unexpected journey and its given a breadth of meaning to my life.

Special Events has also given me back more than I ever imagined for myself.  I went from living on the poverty line for probably a decade to being able to own a car, which was amazing.  From living in an apartment for 23 years (thinking I’d live there my entire life) to owning a home.

Working so hard to be carve a path as an actor or artist I never thought about having a family, let alone getting married.  It wasn’t even on my radar.  Because of these events I was able to do both.

FAQ: With so Many Great Companies what Differentiates LSNY?Getting married was the very first party I’d ever thrown for myself.   And yes as you might imagine it was one of the greatest experiences I ever had.  Strange that someone who does this for a living could be so surprised at how awesome and deeply moving it was for me.

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I can hardly breathe sometimes at the love I feel for them.

For a few years it was surreal, like I was being given someone else’s life.  I wasn’t quite sure how it all came to be.  And now I finally live in this place in peace.  I’ve grown into it.

Those of us in the events industry, the hospitality industry have an often very demanding, technical and logistical job.  It’s many hours and a lot of time away from family on weekends.  It’s a lot of planning, hand holding, debating over the best way to do something, often and always hopefully for the best end result, and to create something extraordinary.

There’s a lot of emotion involved, because there’s a lot invested. The stakes are high and it’s often a one shot deal, or one week deal.  Then it’s over it’s off to the next one.

We have one chance to get it absolutely right.  And the best events have the most natural feel.  So that intensity has to be stress less so the party can soar.

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I embrace that.  I’ve always seen life just like that.  Each day is a one shot deal.  Each hour. Things happen.  Surprises.  Shocks to the system.  Many times beyond our control.  Sometimes we handle them with grace and we show great power and fortitude.  Other times we succumb and fumble, rail and cry.  I have been both places.  I can absolutely tell you which feels better.

Now I know what is possible from experience and choose to live there.  It’s a high standard, not always attainable personally every moment.  But professionally thank God there’s a commitment and a standard that is set that we are compelled to attain.  And we find a way.

I’m incredibly proud and honored to have found and developed a staff of artists and technicians that get this and go the extra mile toward this lofty goal every week.  And perhaps even more grateful to attract clients that have that desire, to see and feel the difference about what is possible.  They are willing to go for it with us.

I see our events as a chance for everyone to not just to go crazy and let loose, or to create an elegant, exciting affair, but as a chance to inspire and uplift on a bigger scale.  But also a chance to connect with the basic life force in all of us and charge it up to its full capacity, maybe even beyond.   If just for the 4 or 5 hours, great!  If it lasts longer than that: amazing.  If it runs deep and stays forever as an one of the best moments ever felt;  Awe inspiring and magical. 

The gratitude I feel for being able to do this cannot be described or contained.  The Greatest Feeling in the World is Helping others to have THAT Feeling.

I look forward to the next time with you.

Michael Sage Schindler

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2012 Year in Review Continued – The Social Events

On the Social Event front we had the most wonderful of years celebrating weddings, Sweet 16s, birthdays, holiday parties and Bnai Mitzvahs – we don’t have enough space or time to mention all of them, and they all deserve to be mentioned, but just a few:

  • Alex and Andy Postman started the year off with a very memorable Bar Mitzvah party for Sam at Bubbies.  Highlight was a montage that played more like an Academy Award movie and a wonderful spirited crowd of people including Rabbi Andy Bachman of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope and his lovely wife Rachel Altstein and many of our favorite guests.
  • Horizon Entertainment hired the Green Screen Photo Booth for Yeshiva University’s Purim party with over 800 students.  Very memorable costumes and a whole lotta fun.
  • LSNY introduced our giant video screens at Stefanie and Steve Rosner’s Bat Mitzvah party for Amy at Rockleigh Country Club.  Notable guests included NFL Greats Boomer Esiason, Phil Simms, and other notable sports people. Musicians and lit dance stages help fill up this crazy wonderful evening.
  • A beach themed party in Newark?  Yes Howard and Stacie Mintz put together a really cool Beach themed party for their daughter Rachel at the Newark Club on an April afternoon.  We love it when the honoree is so totally and completely into their party. Rachel was one of those young ladies and a joy to have gotten to know and celebrate.  For this party LSNY put up a big white screen behind the DJ area and used moving water images to help create the water feel to enhance the theme.
  • A monumentally amazing wedding for Justin and Steven at the Westin Governor Morris in April. LSNY provided customized humorous written and musically scored entrances for the wedding party which delighted the guests. The exuberSteven & Justin Wedding with LSNY Eventsance generated from this custom entrance shot the wedding into a 20 minute spontaneous dance set (which no one on the Westin mgmt staff had ever seen before) when the couple made their way into the room.  The dance floor filled and it became a wedding for the ages.

 

  • Sophia Alexander celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in May at the Brooklake Country ClubRenee Leviton and Craig Alexander were having the time of their lives with friends and family, and one particularly memorable moment was Sophia playing her trombone in a jazz trio made up of her grandfather and another close family friend.

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So many more great events to tell you about – this encompassed only highlights of up to the first half of the year in 2012 but I wanted to tell you about some of the new things happening at LSNY for 2013.

Check out the next post for the newest news.

Celebrate your Life,

LSNY EVENTS

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Year End LSNY Events – A BANNER Year

Happy New Year to everyone and let’s make it a great year.  I wanted to share with you some of the highlights of 2012.  There’s way too much for 1 Blog post so this will be over the next couple of weeks.  And there’s some great nuggets in here.

One of the future posts will have all that’s new and wonderful for 2013 so stay tuned.

A few highlights of some really fun corporate and private events such as:

  • mlb-logo-AT-3A summer party in LBI for an owner of a Major League Baseball team.  LSNY provided photo favors, a custom gobo for the pool, 2 psychics, a Tennis pro, a Basketball pro and 1 UGMs.  We organized the Olympic theme and wrote the script of activities for the day.

 

  • A return to Atlantic City to host the 2012 Chairman Awards for all Harrah’s Entertainment properties (used to do 3 major events a year for the casinos).  I write and provide entertainment with my DJ for these events.

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  •  2 events for one of my favorite schools in Park Slope Brooklyn, Berkeley Carroll School:  A fund-raiser and an 8th grade graduation party.

 

 

 

  • TH Productions hired us to do photos of passenger and crew as they arrived for the inaugural first Singapore Airline flight of the 787 Dreamliner from JFK to Singapore.

 

  • 20120804_162706An all day special event for the Beauty Industry in NYC for Caffeine Media creating a special Green Screen Photo Booth for Downy.  Downy customized the exterior of the booth and we helped to create and advertise one of their new products.

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  • Independence Day 
    event for Congregation Beth Elohim and 2 other fund-raisers for them including lighting their wonderful art installation for the Brooklyn Preservation Fund contest.  CBE won a $250,000 prize to help restore their stained glass windows. 

 

Side Note – CBE is truly one of the LSNY family and we are so proud to support them and congratulate them!

  • The Green Screen Photo Booth was featured at the NY Penn Club via Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music for their annual summer event.  The hit of the party.

 

  • A Fund Raiser for one of the more recognizable public schools in Brooklyn PS321– LSNY provided the décor, lighting and giant screens.  We also provided moving cloud projections for the walls, and star projections for the ceilings.

We have so many exciting announcements coming in the next few segments.  We’d love to thank all of our clients, producers, agents and families that have put their trust and celebrations in our hands.   We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and love nothing more than providing the most stellar experience you can have.

Please stay tuned for the Social Events of 2012.

All my very best,

Michael Sage Schindler, LSNY EVENTS

 

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New Recommendation: Barrie Shackman

This morning I woke up to find this in my LINKED-IN recommendations:

“Michael and his troupe (LSNY Events) were excellent performers. All of our guests were on the dance floor for the whole afternoon. Especially the kids! The dance music was contemporary and the perfect volume. Michael had such great ideas for dance games and trivia to keep the kids and adults entertained. He’s got the greatest personality and was the perfect MC! His dancers were also extremely fun and got even the few shy people dancing! I completely recommend Michael Sage Schindler and LSNY events for any Bar/Bat Mitzvah or other special event.”

Thank you Barrie.  It was a wonderful day for all of us.  We loved everyone at your party.

November and December have been a whirlwind of events and I’m looking forward to bringing the highlights soon.

To everyone Happy Holidays and a joyful Season’s Greetings.

Michael Sage Schindler

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