People Profile: Glady Ledesma
Meet Glady of Gladycakes: cake baker joy maker!
I have not had the sensational pleasure of having my mouth around one of Glady’s designs yet but I drool at the thought of doing so! We all have a chance! 🙂 Like, look…. I just wanna touch and taste it all!
Before Glady indulged me in flavour she indulged me in conversation! This is how it went down… like a good cupcake! ;p
What is your career? Maker of custom cakes. Bringer of sweet, delicious joy to every occasion.
What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? Right now, the greatest challenge is balancing my time between a full-time day job (a necessity, for now), my moonlighting as a cake artist and, of course, being mom to my sweet (not a baby any more) daughter.
One of the greatest rewards of being a cake artist is seeing the amazement on people’s faces when they see their cake. I also love being people’s ‘cake lady’. It’s a pretty great feeling.
What is your advice to others embarking on similar career? Do it because you love it. One can easily burn out in this industry, so the passion needs to be there. Also, always keep learning and do your research when it comes to the business side of things. It can be tough, especially if you’re doing it all on your own, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? Nooo…
Why, why not? 5 years ago seems like a lifetime ago; a completely different book, let alone chapter in my life. I’m happy to be where I am now, but thankful for where I was back then. How’s that for cryptic? LOL
Where will you be in 5 years? Hoping the crystal ball has me in my own brick and mortar cake studio, designing and baking cakes full-time and just loving life.
What would you say to your 8-year-old self? You’re beautiful in your body. Don’t let anybody tell you or make you feel differently. Also, keep baking. Don’t forget about it.
What would you say to your 80-year-old self? What haven’t we experienced yet? LET’S DO IT!
How lucky are you and why? Pretty damn lucky. I have a supportive partner, family and friends that keep pushing me to pursue my cake dreams and help me constantly to make it a reality.
What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m not calm and collected all the time. I have my breaking moments just like everybody else.
What makes you laugh? Moments with friends.
What is fun for you? Serious fun is spending quality time with my family. On the more frivolous side, I can spend all day inside a cake supply store or a craft store and be happy as a clam 🙂
What makes you question humanity? The lack of empathy in todays society. It’s infuriating and heartbreaking at the same time.
What is your favourite quote? One of my favourites is, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde
Glady is hosting her first pop-up event called The Handmade Holiday Pop-Up Shop on December 12th! She and I are SUPER EXCITED for it and hope EVERYONE checks it out! https://www.facebook.com/events/1645257779045751/
You can getcher fill of eye cake at: www.gladycakes.ca!
I believe we can all have our Gladycake and eat it too! ;p
Happy day, everybuddy!
Love Kat 🙂