We had the good fortune of connecting with Kasi Santarelli and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kasi, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I have thought about this question a lot recently. I think you should always remember that success could be just around the corner. Your big break could be the day after you gave up. If anything scale back and make your dream your side dish until one day it can become the main course.

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.
It definitely wasn’t easy to get to where I am today. I never had any help and did everything alone. I think doing it all myself pushed me to not give up and to keep going. I think the biggest lesson was that when things get stressful or not going your way to just keep pushing through. I think people should know that my brand was just a small concept one day. I took my savings and worked day in and day out to open up the doors by myself. I put a lot work into it and I hope you love it as much as I do.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best friend actually just came into town and we went to Iberian Pig and Yebo. We also spent a lot of time at the dog part and took a drive to go hiking along the Chattahoochee.

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?
I really love the book Phonetical Prospecting. I was never a cold caller. I was always afraid of hearing the word “NO” and getting hung up on. This book really gives you the tools to be successful in selling but also brings awareness that even the best of the best in the world get hung up on or told no and your yes is right around the corner.

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