We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Rezonable, J-Boog and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine Rezonable,, is there a risk you took at some point that you’re really happy about?
Around the age of moving out I had taken a few risks, but never as big as this one. Thinking back to how I felt at 18 years old living in Livermore, CA I can remember the feeling of needing something new in my life. My hometown of Stockton, CA had provided me with all of the opportunity possible and now that I had lived in Livermore for a year and a half I had another decision to make. I had the difficult choice of renewing another 12 month lease where I was comfortable and knew what my next steps were or go somewhere where I knew no one and had never been before in the hopes to find new opportunities. I chose LA. We took our first trip to LA together as a family to look for a new place to call home and I remember finding places that looked great from the outside, but were horrible on the inside. Sharing space with others meant that we had to find the perfect fit. Luckily, I did(worth mentioning because it ties in) and found the best roommates I could ever ask for. Initially I worked at Chipotle for another 8 months before deciding that I needed more than just the same thing I was doing back in Livermore. Through a ton of odd jobs, struggles of almost moving back home to Stockton with family just for financial reasons and working OT, I found a passion. Pancake Art. Starting pancake art was extremely difficult because I had no art experience and there isn’t really a school you can go to and learn pancake art. I STRUGGLED. However through the hard times I had those roomies/family/friends that laughed and of course encouraged me to keep going. Eventually Get Caked was born and has become something I can only describe as magical. At first it was just me going around and making pancake art but then the business grew and I needed even more help. I wanted to bring in the people I trust being that this was my baby, so I recruited my roommates! One of the first people I met and lived with in LA, became the first team member to join the Get Caked team. If you’re a real follower you know… It’s Jack! Following that more growth due to the kindness of people and BOOM, Adam joined the team(another roomie). Following that, Alexus and it’s been the 4 of us ever since. What we do is magical because we, a group of my best friends, get the chance to go out to connect with other people while creating new memories through pancake art of their favorite anything(pets, faces, cartoons). I’m grateful to say that the risk of moving to LA, a city where I knew no one, allowed me to meet my roommates(all of them), who essentially became family and business partners. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without that risk.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Only July 30th, 2020 I will have officially created pancake art for a total of 4 years, which seems like an odd place to dedicate your energy to at first. Initially when you tell people that this is your big business idea, that you’re so excited for it and then to see the reaction is indifferent it can create doubt, but that’s what happened to me. Some or better to say most people were skeptical with reason because these pancakes looked like… OOF. Haha When I practiced it felt like I wasn’t improving much because it wasn’t an instant result, but overtime I noticed the difference in how I started drawing pencil to paper. Some of the challenges I was hit with being a 21 year old adult while learning pancake art in LA were: – I was learning a new skill, so of course I was horrible at it. Seeing those pancakes not come out great, staying up until 1am-2am mixing/making them knocked my spirits. – I was VERY slow when it came to prepping. I would practice at night after work and on my days off. As a result I didn’t go out as much, but the trade off reward is way more rad now. – I had to work a ton to survive. My bills were through the roof I had over my head and c’mon, it’s freaking LA. It left little time for pancaking. The thing that got me through it was knowing that if I started this now, that I could be really great in 2 or 3 years vs the alternative of starting it 2 or 3 years later and wishing I was a good as I could’ve been. Holding onto the idea that we all struggle whenever we learn something new, but because I was trying to learn something out of my realm completely it was ok to struggle a little more. If someone told you that you could have anything in this lifetime that you wanted and all you had to do was work hard for it, would you do it?
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some places that I might take friends are the Trolly’s in Indio to visit the top of the mountains out there. Which would take most of the day because of the beautiful drive up there, the ride and the drive back. I’d call in ahead an order of Salsa & Beer (this is a 2 person job, always if you eat from there) and we’d scoop it up on the way in. The next day we’d wake up and head over to a few possible spots for breakfast: Marmalade Cafe, Brothers Burritos(burritos on the beach) or Tavern. We’d have to eat the best while in LA! Staying in the city we would check out the Pier, Venice and of course a few museums.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Thank you to everyone that has supported along the way, even when the pancakes were a little more abstract aka funky looking to begin with. For the people that seen the vision as soon as I showed them what it was even with only 100 followers on social media. I couldn’t put it down to 1 person that’s more special than the next because this took every person that we met along the way to make it possible. This one is for my roommates, best friends, girlfriend, mom/dad, brother, your mom/dad, sister/brother, maybe even grandpa/grandma because they might have gotten pancakes too at one point and made this crazy pancake art dream possible. Thank you to all of the humans that helped make this dream possible!
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