We had the good fortune of connecting with Destanye Baldwin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Destanye, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Cultivate by Destanye B.actually started out of convenience. At the time (late 2017), I was getting an abundance of freelance work, and I wanted to find a way to put it all in one category that wasn’t just under the guise of freelance (it needed some razzle dazzle).
It allowed for all the work I was doing with different companies come off more professional and together.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Though it may seem clichè, I feel that my cheery get-it-done and get-it-done-right attitude and my ability to wear many hats within a project have allowed me to stand out while working in this field.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned throughout my journey thus far is to be open and be flexible. Take chances, be open to new opportunities, be flexible for great things to happen!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them first and foremost on a cool hike. Whether it be a beach view or overlooking the city Los Angeles has some wonderful places to work out and hike.
I’m all about finding good vibes so a rooftop or patio brunch with great eats (for vegans too), great vibes, and of course cute views is a must, and since this is a week-long we have to hit some food trucks along the way.
Another cool thing is to visit the beaches and boardwalks and let’s not forget the shopping from thrift to retail. With all the museums, events, and fun that are in this city, I’m sure that whoever is visiting will have a wonderful time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family has been a huge support to me. They are always encouraging me and giving me advice and help whenever it’s needed. I also have to give credit to my LA tribe. Not being from here I appreciate the friends who became family and have been a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand, a sounding board, etc. throughout the ups and downs of life.
Career-wise, I met two amazing women, (Quan Lateef-Hill + Dom Brown) who mentor and advocate for me in the field. With their friendship, guidance, and support along with working in the corporate experiential marketing space, I continue to learn so much and have seen growth with every project I’m on.