We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittney Grant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittney, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
By the end of my career I want to be satisfied that I tried things I was afraid of, that I set goals and met those goals. I want to set a good example for my children that hard work pays off and if you want something bad enough, you absolutely can obtain it. I see myself in a quaint little bakery, locking up at night and smiling at my achievements. I have built my business from the ground up. I want my small town bakery to leave its mark on all who enter! I think Sweetly Baked is a staple in our area to enjoy decant, and creative desserts. I have high hopes my children will keep the bakery alive long after I have paid my dues! It’s a dream of mine to have my business thrive and support my family for many years to come.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
If I could have a do over I would have went to SCAD straight out of high school! I would have taken all the art classes! I had no idea that I actually loved art untill my late 20’s! While I actually hold a degree in nursing, my true love is finding beauty and meaning in peculiar art!
When it comes to cake, I rarely have a sketch or a plan. I start working and ideas just hit me and I roll with it. My style is whimsical and I love it. I enjoy meshing together beautiful patterns and bold colors!
When I first started out doing cakes, I wasn’t actually very good at it! I watched youtube videos and then I started to see and fall in love with some really talented cake artists such as, Liz Marek, Timbo Sullivan, and Karen Portaleo. I decided to join Liz’s extensive cake school and took hands-on classes with Timbo and Karen. At that point in my life my cake hobby turned into a successful career.
The hardest part of becoming a cake artist for me was finding what my strengths were and if they lined up with what I was passionate it about. I do my best work when a client gives me creative freedom. My passion is creating edible art that yields one of a kind cakes! Over time I realized I had a strength in learning new techniques and catching on rather quickly.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I wanted to take a client to visit Atlanta we would hit up the Vortex for an insane burger. I’m absolutely in love with Country Club, which is a Soda you can sample at the World of Coke! The shopping is always wonderful at Atlantic station! If you’re looking for incredible talent and a few weeks of fun, then Cherrylion Stuiods is a must for a sculping class! I’d end the day at Cafe Intermezzio for a slice of cheesecake and the best hot cocoa around!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to send a huge shoutout to my mom, Denise Dale. She is the biggest supporter in my life! I have watched my mom work harder than any human alive. She is a successful business owner along side with my dad, Len Dale. My mother has taught me how to be independent, how chase dreams, how to sacrifice to support your family. Giving up is never an option and going the extra mile is always expected. I absolutely have to thank my fiancé Shelton Simpson for all the supply runs, pep talks, and for helping me find balance between work and family!
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