We had the good fortune of connecting with Abbey Abeynayake and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abbey, what is the most important factor behind your success?
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.
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?
Oh my, food and coffee are at the center of all my adventures! I live in Long Beach and tend to support small business when I can, so most of the spots would toggle between here and LA. I will say, though, we’d probably avoid all the tourist shit because I hate crowds. We’d checkout all the local spots. Head over the all my favorite coffee spots: Portfolio, Berlin Café, Rose Park Roasters, Bourgeois Pig and Intelligentsia Coffee. Eat/Drink at: Bake and Broil, Sushi AI, Alondra’s Hot Wings, Donut Friend, Salt and Straw, Sage Plant Based Bistro, Apotheke LA, the list goes on. Visit: LA Arts District, LACMA, The Broad, MOMA
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My foundation into this industry goes to three amazing professors: Desha Dauchan, Marie Cartier, and Elizabeth Cane. These women helped me understand the true art of storytelling and I will forever be grateful. When I decided to build my business, I really had to learn a lot on my own. Trial and error. My business affairs mentor, Laura Thommen (Sr. Director of Software Sales at StorCentric), helped me understand implications of the film business and how to lead a team not so much as an artist, but as an entrepreneur. And of course, I wouldn’t be who I am without my mother. We’ve come a very long way and I owe a lot of my growth to her.
Other: Personal Blog: https://www.moldypillow.com/
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