We had the good fortune of connecting with JAZMINE N. HODGSON and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JAZMINE N., what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success and the success of The Serving Girl Company is supporting my peers. I have always believe that if you give, you will receive 10x more. It’s very important to help others along the way For me, this started with just tipping extra when I was going out to eat, now it’s purchasing merchandise or going to events and using my platform to promote others. What’s so amazing about this industry— food/beverage, is that it’s a dope collective of creatives and I love supporting when I can! The result is a community that believes in me and what I am building and I’m super thankful for that!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Serving Girl Company is a restaurant culture and lifestyle brand that I created to promote the representation of black professionals in the service industry. The Serving Girl Company is something really unique because it’s shaped by everything I’ve experience while working and inspired by the people I’ve met along the way. One half of TSG is the professional side , training and developing restaurant professionals and the other half is more of the creative side, hosting and attending local events, creating merchandise like my Atlanta Foodie T-shirts and collaborating with other industry creatives. One day I just decided that I wanted to use my skills to work for myself and that’s how I started. I did a ton a research and worked a lot (still working) on my branding and marketing. Growing your business/brand is not easy, it’s pretty challenging but when you believe in yourself you can do anything, also having supporters keeps me going! I am most excited about the growth of my brand and the vision I have for the future. I’ve learned that it’s a journey, sounds super cliche but it truly is. I take thinks one day at a time and focus on doing what makes me happy! I want everyone to know that for me The Serving Girl Company is a testimony of how BIG my faith is and a literal manifestation of pursuing my dreams and the life I want to live!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There’s so much to do in Atlanta! If my friend was coming into town I would take them to all my favorite places! We’d have breakfast at Rosies Cafe or West Egg Cafe Lunch at Papis or Havana Sandwich Shop ( Cuban restaurant) Cocktails at Parlor Den Brunch at Secreto Kitchen & Bar Watch a movie at Landmark Cinema in Midtown Get gelato at Cremalosa in Decatur Share a charcuterie board at Iberian Pig There’s so much!!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my friend Kiki, She has been supporting me since we met! Kiki reminds me to keep believing in myself. She is amazingly intelligent, especially when it comes to wine and Ice cream! Not only does she bring me wine to taste (honestly who else could use more friends like that lol) she also makes delicious ice cream!
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