This week on the podcast we have Grant Smillie – who started in the entertainment industry at age 17. He has achieved success across many aspects of the entertainment and hospitality industries.
 
He enjoyed an international DJ career and is one half of the record-breaking dance music duo, TV Rock – winning two ARIAs in the process.  
 
These days he calls LA home where he heads up the Botanical Group which are responsible for some of Los Angeles’s hottest spots in West Hollywood.

Timestamps

4:29 Starting as a club promoter
9:16 What does a conversation cost you? Networking.
10:52 Entrepreneurship origins
13:50 How we blew up Flaunt It
20:15 Sell out or sell nothing
27:10 Step aside for the new blood
28:51 Moving to hospitality
30:42 Bringing musical creativity to creating restaurants
42:09 Star stories – Al Pacino, Matt Damon, Camila Cabeo
47:12 Give your employees a pipeline of opportunity
54:46 Why launching a cafe during covid worked out
56:06 Next projects
58:23 Why not move city?

Guest Intro

Today’s guest would have to be the most prolific businessman we’ve had on to date, having started in the entertainment industry at age 17.

Having achieved success across many aspects of the entertainment and hospitality industries.

He enjoyed an international DJ career and is one half of the record-breaking dance music duo, TV Rock – winning two ARIAs in the process.

He has had a 10-year radio career on Nova and was a former host on channel V. There isn’t much he hasn’t achieved.

He even co-founded one of Melbourne’s most iconic and unique bars, situated in the middle of the Yarra River Ponyfish Island.

These days he calls LA home – moving there after co-founding the Botanical Group who are responsible for West Hollywood’s celebrity hotpot E.P and L.P (restaurant and rooftop bar). The Melrose rooftop theatre and S.O.L the strings of life café recognised as the benchmark in the café space in Los Angeles’

We couldn’t be more pumped to have him stop by.

Give it up for Grant Smillie.

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