We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Cole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt, but in spite of it.” Rollo May It means that truth is a never dying process, we are always seeking to go one step further, to dig deeper, to fail and get back up and try try again. It means we can be fully committed to something and be okay if at the same moment we also have doubts. It doesn’t mean we are any less determined, in fact, it might make us more determined. To push the boundaries of the possible.
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.
The art of bringing people together. My company White Rabbit High Tea is all about bringing people together over good food and cannabis. It really is an embodiment of my entire life, all of the things that I love thrown into one big excuse to host a party and get high with interesting people. It’s beautiful. From that love it has organically grown into a experiential marketing platform and events business. It’s been such a gift to be able to work with all the most amazing and unique emerging cannabis brands that I often forget that it’s a profession. On top of that our guests have been what has made this all so rewarding, witnessing the experiences they have with each other and in relationship to cannabis has been incredible. Making life long connections with each other and potentially cannabis. The cannabis industry is full of challenges but figuring out how to navigate it all has been part of the fun and we’ve learned so much about the industry, about business, and about ourselves. One lesson we learned from a very talented business Jedi we know is “fail fast” and we have tried to stick to that rule and not get caught up in the small stuff or the drama. If anyone makes a mistake or something fails we own it, rectify it, and move on to the next thing as fast as possible. We are not alway successful but we try our best and often have to remind each other to be kind and patient with ourselves. Something we all could do a lot more of professionally and personally. Right now because of the Pandemic we are still able to serve our brand partners with our product photography services, so it’s good to have some skill set like that to pivot to when the times and situations change.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
After having lived in L.A. for almost 10 years I’d have to say that the first piece of wisdom bestowed upon me when I first landed here is still spot on: LA is 170 all rolled into one. Don’t be thinking you can hit up Disneyland and Malibu in the same day. You can technically, but you don’t want to. Pick a part of LA and hang there for the day. If I have guests visiting from out of town I try and plan with the flow of traffic and with the landmarks and restaurants available within a specific area. A fully packed week of LA sight seeing might look like this: Monday- DTLA. Get to the flower market early then brunch at Bottega Louie. Check out the Kyoto Garden on the rooftop of Weller Court, then hit the Japanese American National Museum before heading to Little Tokyo for lunch and photo booth fun. If you’re feeling very ambitious head over to Union Station, Olvera Street and the tram. Terroni or Bestia for dinner or for something really interesting Hatch, which is a really fun new fusion restaurant started by the founder of The Lime Truck food truck, TLT which is still up and running with lots of outdoor seating and high safety standards. Late night drinks at the Tiki Bar at Cliftons cafeteria or catch a live show when that type of thing happens again. Tuesday – West Hollywood. Walk Santa Monica Blvd and check out all the great shops and such. Take lunch at the London, get an overnight reservation at the Petit Ermitage, it’s well worth it. Walk down to the Boulevard at night and dance at all the great clubs. Or head the other way up to the Sunset strip and catch a show at the Comedy Club. Wednesday – Santa Monica. Maine Street Santa Monica > The Promenade. If you wanna check something out that a little more down to earth head to the Ocean Park neighborhood. Park for a couple hours on second street and walk to the beach. Check out the Main Street and all the sweet little shops, eat omusubo at Sunny Blue and see if you can spot the shop from the last scene of Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion. Hit up Puzzle Zoo for a little fun and games or Urth Cafe if you’re want a really amazing slice of pumpkin pie and a matcha latte all the while keeping your eyes peeled for the likes of Leo or Kate. Thursday – Venice. All I can say is spend the entire day between the boardwalk and Abbot Kinney and you’ll find enough to do and see and eat and smell and smoke. Friday- PCH. Spend some time at the Self Realization Fellowship and the Getty Villa. That should take all day if you do it right. Saturday- Topanga. Hidden Treasures Shopping. Check out the other little shops in the Pioneer circle like Boubilinas were I once met SZA. Take a hike at the state park and park in the lot and just pay the fee so we can pitch in the help keep the place nice. Dinner at the Inn Of the Seventh Ray. Sunday- The Valley Hit up the birthplace of Veganaise at Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park. Take yourself back to 1999 at the Topanga Mall or the Topanga Village where they have the best family bathroom (I have two kids) it’s worth checking out for that alone (if you have kids) Hop over to the Fallbrook shopping center and check out the Diaso store and grab some pho at Pho So 1. I’m missing out on a lot, like that wise old Angeleno told me once, it’s 170 cities in 1, pace yourself. But also try and see the Watts Towers before you die…
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?
Tanya Argüelles: my muse, my inspiration, my envy, my confidant, my co-conspirator, my friend. Floral artist, constant creator, designer, seamstress, gardener. Grower of all things good. Goddess of not giving a s***. I am constantly in awe as she is ever changing, growing, and evolving. Her vision is outer worldly. Check her out on IG @superettestudio or look for her past work with White Rabbit High Tea.