We had the good fortune of connecting with Anje Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anje, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work life balance was always one of my biggest issues with working a traditional job. I came from middle management where I was used to fluctuating schedules. I definitely didn’t anticipate working as much as I do now but the great part is I get to control my schedule. So if my girls have a game, or play or event I don’t have to choose between work and being there for them. Now I may be up to 2am working afterwards lol but it’s worth it. I will say that over time I have become much better at organizing and planning my work and I’m at a place where I’m very satisfied with my balance. I rarely have to burn the midnight oil and I appreciate that because it took a lot of time to get to this point
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m extremely proud of my progress. And NO it was NOT easy. I will say my biggest challenge was trying to take on too many things at once without taking the time to learn each thing at a time. So before I was even good at cakes, I was adding cake pops, candy apples, strawberries and other treats and I wasn’t doing any of it to my fullest potential. Once I backtracked and took the time to hone in on each thing at a time and practice over and over and learn new techniques I improved my quality and appearance so much. Back then I didn’t know how to say I can’t do that, or that’s not my specialty, I was afraid of losing customers or sounding amateur. But then I realized it wasn’t fair to the customer or my brand to give them work that was subpar. Now I want the world to know that I’m constantly learning and improving and that I stand behind my work 100% for taste and appearance! If you love my work now just know it’s only getting better from here
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of my favorite things about Atlanta is that there are so many black owned spots! And if you know me you know I love to eat We’re definitely going to hit Atlanta Breakfast Club, Milk and Honey, Slutty Vegan, King Crab Atl and plenty more. As far as hanging out definitely The Trap Museum, I’m not a huge clubber but we gon go to Josephines Lounge for them lemon pepper wings lol, ride scooters on the belt line, see if there’s any good concerts at State Farm Arena and see who’s performing at the Atlanta comedy club.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Definitely my aunt LeNora Jaye. Over 10 years I watched her quit her corporate job to pursue a full time career in music. Music had always been her passion her whole life but it always had to come secondary to work and responsibilities. I watched her write, record and executive produce her first studio album while still maintaining her full time job. No matter how hard things got she never quit. And now she spends her days mostly doing live performances a couple days a week and laying on the beach the other days