We had the good fortune of connecting with Mardi Miskit and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mardi, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
I grew up with parents who both explored many different creative careers and it really paved the way for me to feel confident doing the same. Over the years I’ve been a photographer, a chef, a reiki practitioner, a marketing manager, a brand lead, and a web designer. I’ve often felt torn going back and forth between all of these paths that I love and sometimes even discouraged when I would drop one thing to focus strictly on the other. Then, at some point I decided I could make space for all of it. I decided to stop judging myself for not sticking with just one thing. Even if I’m not working as a full-time professional chef or a reiki practitioner, I can create space in my days to cook and develop recipes, or do a reiki session. I can focus my week on developing a website for a client and take on a freelance photo shoot on the weekend. And I can do it all without the burnout because all of these things are a form of meditation for me. They’re creative endeavors that both energize me and bring me peace. And they all lead me to unexpected places and new connections.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
The thing I’m most proud of is the holistic, creative, and passionate approach I bring to the various ways I serve clients. Each of my careers has taught me something new and each finds a way to feed into everything I do. My reiki practice has taught me patience, working as a chef, and particularly a caterer, has taught me how to remain calm under pressure, and my work in web design has taught me how to be organized and communicate really well. What I love most about all of my work is watching the profound connections, shifts, and growth that can occur with each client—food connects us, reiki can shift our energy and perspectives, and a new website can grow an idea or a dream into something tangible. And the passionate, creative, brilliant clients I get to work with inspire me in return.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
While I’m based in Brooklyn, I visit LA frequently and have a soft spot for both the East and West sides of LA. I love the casual, laid back feel of Echo Park and could I also spend plenty of time at the beach in Venice. Food is my number one when it comes to exploring a city and my two favorites are the famed Sqirl (their avocado and ricotta toasts are celebrated for a reason), and The Rose in Venice. But there’s a very specific reason I enjoy The Rose. It’s not the ambiance or their seemingly delicious dinner menu. It’s their schmaltz. Whenever I’m visiting my friend in Venice (an incredible singer and the first person I met when I moved to NYC) we make our way over to The Rose where we order some wine and a basket of bread with a side of their herby, delicious schmaltz.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh, there are too many to name! I am beyond grateful to have friends and family who over the years have been sounding boards, advisors, and mentors. Who have inspired and encouraged me and never judged me as I’ve made my many twists and turns over the years. To name a few wouldn’t feel right, but you all know who you are and I am so lucky our paths have crossed in this life.