FuckUp Nights Atlanta vol V - Fail Live

Donald Glover's speech at the 2017 Golden Globes got us thinking... Atlanta is, in fact, the Hollywood of the South, and cultural phenomenon's ranging from Andre 3000 to Eleven all have one thing in common: Atlanta.

To celebrate the rise and sheer dominance of Atlanta on the entertainment industry, we've dubbed our fifth installment, Fail Live.

Join us as at WeWork Tower Place in Buckhead on Thursday, April 13 for an evening of F'up stories from some of Atlanta's rising names in the entertainment industry. Early bird tickets are on sale now, but your chance to save $5 ends Thursday, March 23!

All the high fives to our Presenting Sponsor

Shout out to our Video Sponsor

Meet the Storytellers

Matt Hobbs is a songwriter, composer, and musical improviser in Atlanta, GA.  Along with being an active singer and songwriter, Matt is also a resident musician at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. Matt has also composed songs and worked as musical director for many musicals and scripted shows at the theatre. Outside of music Matt is a coffee lover, a collector of Batman Legos, and a Wes Anderson movie fanatic. Check out his new album "17th Street" at http://www.heymatthobbs.com.







Not your typical anything, Amanda Marks, is a Jewish gal raised in Alabama who has performed stand-up comedy at such venues as The Punchline, Laughing Skull, Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge and Joystick Gamebar. She hosts and co-produces Highwire Comedy's Off the Grid Stand-up Showcase and is part of the bi-monthly Nerdlanta Live pop-culture talkshow. Learn more about Amanda at http://www.mallofamanda.com.







Erin Bernhardt is passionate about inspiring people to find their passion and to make a difference through that. Last year, Erin completed a year-long tour with her first feature film, Imba Means Sing. She also volunteers as a Strategic Adviser for the Creative Visions Foundation. Erin is a former CNN writer/producer and Peace Corp Volunteer, and a frequent speaker locally and nationally. Erin loves adventuring with friends and family, traveling, and practicing or teaching yoga. Learn more about Imba Means Sing at http://www.imbafilm.com







Richard T. Griffith is the Industry Fellow at the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, at the University of Georgia. Until he retired March 2017, Griffiths held the position of Vice-President and Senior Editorial Director for CNN, responsible for global editorial quality control. Over his career, Griffiths’ work has been recognized with two Emmys and five Peabody awards.

Food Fails Shine at FuckUp Nights Atlanta vol. IV

It was another sell out for FuckUp Nights Atlanta! There were lots of laughs, a few tears and plenty of lessons learned at the fourth installment of #FUNATL. Presenting sponsor Dagger, bought the first round of drinks, and helped get the party started. 

Abby Henderson kicked off the stories with some honest insight into her horrible first week at Sifted. Katie Hayes followed suit with a memorable talk about a hot mess of a fundraiser for Community Farmers MarketsTifyn co-founder and CEO, Hoan Huynh told a story of a marketing stunt gone wrong and the lesson learned of staying true to your brand.

Then Chef Calavino took a few minutes away from the kitchen (she cooked the entire duration of the event, until it was her turn to talk) to share her incredible story of having it all and losing it all... twice. She's now in need of investment to avoid making it a third.

With an impromptu experiment, we live streamed the night on Facebook. Get through the first 30 seconds of blurry and watch the whole night to re-live the stories. If the angle is a little wonky, it's probably just the beer glass that phone was leaning against...




  • The venue was awesome and the food and drinks were superb. An incredible improvement to fruit snacks and Cheetos that were served at previous events.
  • Overall, this was probably the best lineup of stories. Each speaker delivered helpful lessons learned, with honest and easy to follow talks.
  • Along with FUN vets, there were a lot of new people in the audience.
  • AV was solid. The speakers worked and were clear, mic was good, music was smooth. Thanks to Atlanta Pro AV for coming to the rescue.
  • Photos (provided by the talented Carey Tucker) turned out great, even with the mood lighting. Check our Instagram and Facebook page later this week for the shots. 


  • Underestimating how challenging it would be to connect with those in the food industry. Causing us to move the initial date.
  • Pretty sure Tim butchered Hoan's last name during his intro - sorry dude.
  • During the Q&A having only 1 mic was kind of awkward, making the speaker have to restate the question for everyone to hear.

We want your feedback. Let us know how we're doing and tell us what you think the next theme should be.

FuckUp Nights Atlanta - Volume III

FuckUp Nights is the fastest growing, global movement of entrepreneurial people who come together to tell, discuss and learn from stories of businesses and personal failure. Now in over 150 cities worldwide, we’re excited for you to join our third FuckUp Nights Atlanta!

Each FuckUp Night has a theme. Starting our first with social entrepreneurs, moving into tech/startups and for our third iteration – we’ll feature fail stories presented by 4 incredible women. Speakers (announced soon) will share their story, including the project/business, what they did wrong – the FAIL – and the lessons learned.

Attendees, you’ll enjoy local brews and snacks with the opportunity to talk with presenters, ask questions, network and share your own fail story in a supportive and collaborative environment.