We had the good fortune of connecting with Pearl Steffie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pearl, what’s your definition for success?
Success means different things to different people. There isn’t one perfect picture of what it should be. There isn’t a dollar amount either. Success doesn’t have one definition. To me, attitude and character matter more than wealth and achievements. You can get on any social media platform and find people preaching about being successful. They almost always correlate the word success with other words such as money, followers, more money, and well…money. People throw success and money around as if they must coexist. You cannot have one without the other. This idea that money and fame will bring happiness is premature.
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.
When I was growing up, My mom always wanted me to become an actor. She took me to auditions, put me in classes for guitar and vocals. However, I actually fell in love with cooking, and became very passionate about food. It inspired me to focus on becoming a Chef. So, I went to Culinary School and opened up my first restaurant at the age of 23. But I didn’t stop there. I know there’s more to life than that. I wanted to explore, experience new things that would help me hone my skills as a Chef and open my mind to the outside world. I knew of course that different places have their own unique food. So, I decided to moved to America. Where the culture, values, and of course the vibrant food scene are much different.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
L.A. is of course known for many things. The entertainment industry, expansive beaches, a great culinary scene and a renowned nightlife. But, if you want to boil L.A. down to its most essential bits, it’s important to experience the attractions that make it the spectacular city that it is.
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?
I want to take this opportunity to honor my Mom. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be here. Growing up with a single mother gave me direction and taught me so much about life. She showed me how to exist despite all the loss she went through. There’s something about watching her uncover her strength that allowee me to find mine. Being the product of an independent woman reinforced my ability to know how to stand-alone. I grew up watching her take on all of the tasks of the world, and It instilled in me that I can do the same.
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