We had the good fortune of connecting with Jazmyn Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jazmyn, why did you pursue a creative career?
Growing up my mother always had an eclectic approach. She always taught us to think outside the box, and to approach things in unconventional ways. I loved that about her and it always inspired me to be creative in whatever I decided to do! Honestly, I can say that I didn’t choose a creative career, it definitely chose me!
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.
I am a self taught Chef. Because of my family history, I generally blend Soulful and Latin flavors together. That aspect of my cooking always creates the WOW factor when my clients taste my food because they don’t expect the blend of flavors at 1st bite! They always say things like “there is something elevating about this”, that always gives me a laugh. The fusion of African American and Latin cuisine are amazing when combined with love!
I am originally a trained Architectural Designer at The Art Institute of Atlanta with a major in Interior Design and Architecture. I have held several positions doing design work commercially and residentially. I’d like to attribute these learnings to my creativity and aesthetic in the kitchen!
The switch to the kitchen full time was a huge decision, but had to be made and was a huge step out on faith! I was working for the SSC were I was designing and space planning for new Home Depot store rollouts as well as for Hartfield Jackson doing concourse reconstruction renovation blue prints. But my “side hustle” in the kitchen became more and more demanding although working a full time design position! I found myself cooking for Rick Ross on my lunch breaks, delivering cake orders before clocking in at 7am and weekends being so booked that exhaustion was an understatement. But I still wasn’t sure if pursuing cooking full time would work! I did a lot of praying, a lot of weighing options and speaking with my husband about pros and cons financially, and finally made the decision to do it and I WAS MORTIFIED but somehow at peace. I could not be happier about the decision to just go for it!
Some of the lessons I have learned along the way that I try to stress to anyone who is starting is that you don’t have to be perfect to start, just start! Take risk and learn from your mistakes. Every client is not your client. Move with grace in all that you do! You must remain humble no matter how far you think you have gotten! And most importantly, keep God 1st in all things!
My main goal is for people to feel a presence with my brand. I want people to associate Sundry with professionalism, delightfulness, delicious food, and fulfillment. I want the world to know that I strive to give each client an experience where they feel like they are my most important customer each time. I want people to feel the love and passion that I have for my business through the food they are provided and their entire experience overall.
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.
I’d set us a nail date with Diggs Nails Mobile for Mani and Pedis! Then a dessert date at Sammy’s Cheesecakes because I absolutely love their cheesecakes! I’d stop us by Tenderheadz Children Salon to see my sister in all her glory since we would probably be in the area grabbing a bite and a few drinks at Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and Bar in downtown College Park. I’d definitely surprise her with some flowers from Beyond Dreams from my good friend Will Craig for sure. One of the days we would probably grab some coffee from Buzz Coffee and Winehouse and defiantly pick up some fresh pressed juices from The produce Princess, Simply Produce! I’d ask my friend Josh from TheraputicPhoto to take some candid’s of us while we are out in the city for some keepsake photography exploring ponce city market, and biking on the beltline.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My oldest Sister Tandrya Davis. Next to my mother, she has set a beautiful precedence for what it means to be a successful entrepreneur and have always motivated all her siblings to follow the path you most desire. Also, my Mother Michel and My Uncle Geovanni who has always steered me to be the best at whatever I do.
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