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Meet Taylor Terry and Alexeev Dismuke of Nite Owl Games & Rentals

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Terry and Alexeev Dismuke.

Hi Taylor and Alexeev, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Well, both of us come from very supportive families who would help us sell bottled air if that’s what we wanted to do. So, other than the need for money to sustain, we never felt pressured to go the traditional route and get a job and move up the ranks and settle for that. I was always encouraged to find a passion and pursue that. Taylor, even though she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and after already working half her life at this point, decided working for herself is the best course of action. So she started by making customized tumblers; The mugs that retain temperature pretty well. She was doing well but the labor and profit return didn’t add up, plus the market was oversaturated by the time she joined. Then she saw a White Castle bounce house on a celebrities Instagram and pretty much said “let’s do that.” So we did and it’s been a blessing ever since.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Honestly, compared to some of the stories we hear of other businesses, it’s been a relatively smooth road. Especially with the help and support of our families. They offer to help with deliveries before we even ask and even if we don’t need it. And with Taylor being such a fast learner and perfectionist, I feel that has helped us be pretty successful so far. One of the biggest struggles that we deal with is me not being physically present most of the time. Two years ago, I was contacted by an agent and a manager and have been pursuing an acting career in California. While still being a part of the business while being away, it’s been difficult to contribute, especially when most of my contributions have been me being the “brawn”, doing all of the heavy lifting. But, as difficult as it has been, I’ve been blessed to be able to fly back and forth when I’m needed, especially on heavy delivery days. Almost feels like living a split life but in the best way.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Nite Owl Games & Rentals is a party equipment rental business. We supply equipment that can turn your birthday, corporate event, and formal get-together into a full-blown celebration. We started with and are most known for our luxury White and Black Castle bounce houses. But, As we’ve expanded, items like our cotton candy machine, ball-pit, Neon-signs, vinyl-lettering (which we add to ball-pits and bounce houses) and soon to come 360-degree photo booth have gotten us as much notoriety as our bounce houses. What sets us apart is the fact that we are not only a party rental service, but we also are event planners. So if you don’t know how to set up a party and make it look nice and flow, you can rent our equipment, and we can also make your event look how it is in your head. I guess what we really want your readers to know about us is that we don’t just rent party equipment, but that we are an all-around party service and guarantee that we can make your event the most memorable one you’ve had in a long time.

What matters most to you?
Taylor – What matters most to me is that our measures of success allow us to give back. I’d like to be able to employ more people of color because until very recently, seeing black business owners has been very rare to me. I’d like to be able to show and teach people that look like me and everyone else that regardless of any narrative being pushed, we can find success doing what we want. I also want to be able to provide scholarships to kids in my community to go to college because after going to college myself and becoming a college advisor, I understand how difficult and expensive it is to get into a good school. And seeing how high schools only prepare kids curriculum-wise for the next level, I’d like to teach them how to navigate the system entirely, from scholarships to grants, picking the best path for them, and leaving school confident and career ready.

Alexeev – The most important thing to me is financial freedom. Money doesn’t buy happiness but I have everything that makes me happy: Family, friends and love. But the money and the financial freedom it would provide would allow me to help my family and future kids while also allowing me to pursue any opportunity I want or deny ones I don’t. One thing I’ve always wanted to do was to create a non-profit or a program that goes to schools and teaches teens things about finance, saving, taxes and anything else that’ll help them live a comfortable life in the real world. I don’t believe our education system, from Kinder through College, prepares anyone to transition into a self-sustaining adult, so that’s something I’d really like to invest my time in. And money buys time.

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