We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamie Silva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
In early 2016, I quit my safe, secure, full-time job in search of something new, creative, challenging, and fun. I wanted a career that offered freedom and flexibility, and a break from the mundane everyday routine. Little did I know, what started off as a silly idea of opening an Instagram account to share food photos ended up turning into my dream career. It was something I had wanted since I was a teenager. If I wouldn’t have taken the risk of quitting my 9-5 in an effort to find what truly made me happy, I wouldn’t get to cook for a living, write about it, shoot photos, and GET PAID FOR IT! Not to mention, I also have the honor of coaching other food bloggers to do what they love too. This career is a dream come true and one that I never thought was possible.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started A Sassy Spoon in 2016 with 0 followers, 0 page views, and 0 knowledge of how to blog full-time in the culinary space. It definitely wasn’t easy to grow the brand into the amazing monster it is today. After massive amounts of googling, watching webinars, falling down deep rabbit holes of Facebook group research, and learning via observation, I now make more money than I’ve ever made in my life. A Sassy Spoon has organically generated over 2.5 million page views this year alone and over 20k+ followers on Instagram. It is my greatest achievement and I cannot wait to continue to grow my brand. The biggest lesson I tell my coaching clients is to stay consistent. It may all seem difficult and unattainable but I promise if you stick to working towards your goal every single day, you WILL be successful.
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?
As a native Miami girl, first things first, you gotta hit up Flanigans for some wings, ribs, curly fries, dolphin sandwiches, and a green cup to go (trust me). It should be a national treasure even if they’re only local to South Florida. There’s no other place like it. I’d also suggest you make a pit stop at Islas Canarias for some cafecito and the best croquetas you’ll ever have (although, you can also go to any Cuban bakery as there’s one in practically every corner). Lastly, make sure to have dinner at FINKA. It’s a fusion of Cuban + Asian cuisine and, aside from Flanigans, it’s my favorite restaurant. You won’t be disappointed with these 3 spots!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It goes without saying that my family and close circle of friends have been an incredible support system for me (you know who you are – thank you!) however I’d also like to thank JennyLee Molina without which I wouldn’t be where I am today. She believed in me from day 1 (way back in 2012!) when everything was still a pipe dream just out of reach. I will forever be grateful for all the opportunities I was able to be a part of as a result of her love and support.