Two years ago, I was producing segments at a big cable network.
Through work, I was invited to go to a party at the Key Club, where a friend of mine introduced me to my current business partner, Carolyn Newman, who at the time was a publicist at a top-five firm.
We hit it off immediately, and decided to take a road trip to watch a Holyfield fight in Las Vegas and talk "business."
It was during the four-hour trek that we found many similar gripes about working for big corporations. We both knew it was time to strike out on our own.
As soon as we got back to LA, we brainstormed and talked strategy. When we began thinking of a name for our company, I said it should "fuse the best of both of us. That is how our PR firm was born.
Once we put the wheels in motion, we both quit our jobs. The next day, we pooled our savings, bought some office equipment, and started procuring business by calling our friends and our friends' friends.
After countless meetings, we finally landed our first client, an actress.
She happened to be the same person who introduced the two of us at the Key Club. We haven't had a single regret since. Not having to call anyone else "boss is also nice.