We interviewed our Onsite Little Chief, Leon Olechnowicz-Simpson, to find out about his time at Big Chief Tipis!
How did you hear about Big Chief Tipis / how did you get the job?
I was just about to finish my second year of University and wanted a new job for the summer – something within the events industry as that’s what I’m interested in. It was actually my sister who spotted the job online through Gumtree. I sent off my CV and was invited down to an open day with lots of other hopefuls. Thankfully, me and a few of the current team got the job as Tipi Fitters.
How long have you worked for Big Chief Tipis?
I’ve worked for Big Chief Tipis for 15 months, although I took a winter sabbatical to finish my university studies.
Can you describe your typical day at Big Chief?
As fitters, we drive the length of the country to build and kit-out the tipis for weddings, festivals, parties, corporate events and more. With the number of variations we build through link-kits and entrance tunnels, to name just a few, no two days are the same! Each day is filled with lots of hard work and graft, but the laughs and jokes between our close-knit team mean no job is ever a struggle.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Big Chief Tipis?
For me, it’s the satisfaction of a client’s delight when they see the finished product, knowing you were part of a team that contributed to a huge chunk of someone’s day, whether it is a wedding, birthday party, or corporate event. Another advantage has to be the amazing places I’ve been lucky enough to visit across the UK. My favourite being a trip to East Lothian in Scotland last year, to set up two of our Big Hat Tipis for a Wedding right on the coast – the views were amazing!
What is your main achievement since working at Big Chief Tipis?
My greatest achievement whist working at Big Chief Tipis has to be the exclusive events we have be lucky enough to be involved in. From the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday celebrations in Windsor, to Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan’s wedding, and of course Glastonbury Festival; all have been memorable moments during my time at Big Chief Tipis!
What’s been the most challenging thing about your time at Big Chief?
Working away from home for periods of time can be a challenge, especially ten days camping pre, during, and after We Are FSTVL last year… although having back stage passes to the festival itself and staying in one of our luxury Baby Tipis for the duration went some way to make up for it!
What makes Big Chief Tipis stand out from other Tipi Hire companies?
As fitters, we take pride in our work and set out for first class presentation on, and in all of the tipis we build. We understand that first impressions count, and want every single guest to be blown away by the structures we produce. In addition to that, throughout all the staff, nothing is too much effort, and any last minute adjustments and alterations are happily accommodated for, ensuring a perfect event from start to finish!