On 28 February 2016, I had the opportunity to interview Danielle Badgett. Danielle is from Little Rock, Arkansas. She attended Hall High School where she graduated in 2013. She continued on with her education at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR. After just one year at Arkansas Tech, she knew that this was not where she needed to be. Danielle knew what she wanted while starting her college career. When she decided to end her schooling at Tech after completing her freshman year, she continued on with education at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas; which is also where she is currently attending.
While in school, Danielle is taking her dreams by storm. She has started a business of her owned which she calls Cakes By Danie.
For a quick side note, I would definitely recommend her if you are needing any catering done. Even when Danielle was a little girl she knew that this business was the business that she will have in the future. Most children that say what they want to do or be when they grow up, changes their mind by the end of the day. This was not the case for Danielle:
“My journey literally started from being in my GG’s kitchen! From the basic pound cake, to bread pudding! she instilled the dream and it is time for me to make it a reality.”
Where It All Started
By setting a dream for herself at such a young age, she worked toward that goal, rather than finding something different to do day by day. As long as someone was in the kitchen baking, she was always the helper to the cook. As she got older, she no longer made sure it was someone in the kitchen before she would go in and bake. She did it all on her own and by herself. She was in culinary arts for three years during her high school days. Danielle actually won two out of three Skills USA Competitions that she attended. One thing that Skills USA does is give an opportunity for students to work on different projects for fields they may want to see themselves at in the future. Skills USA was a learning experience for Danielle. She learned that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. However, if you don’t try, you will never know your capabilities or want you need to work on.
The Big Risk
Just recently in December 2015, Danielle took on what she thought was an opportunity of a lifetime. She was offered an internship in Atlanta, Georgia at the well-known Italian Gourmet Bakery. She does not regret going but she did add that this was a very disappointing experience. Although disappointing, she learned from this as well. See, Danielle traveled down to Atlanta with only $45 to her name. She moved out of her apartment, took off from school, and left her job. She accepted this internship in hopes of gaining a business investment and not a monetary investment.
“The journey ended just as fast as it begun. When I arrived and prepared to begin my internship, I was turned around.”
Like I said before, Danielle dropped everything back home for this opportunity. All she was able to do was find a temporary job that had no relations to her career path and earn just enough money to get her back home. From this experience, she was able to learn that you always have to have a plan for everything even if it is not how you painted the picture.
Where is Danielle Now?
Danielle is now back in Arkansas and re-enrolled at the University of Central Arkansas. She is now focusing not only on her education but also the paths that will lead her to the stability she was lacking. She plans to continue working toward her dream which is owning a legit business in an urban day community, offering good quality, elegant deserts, and deliver an inexpensive experience. She does not have an actual shop just yet. All orders are either done by phone, in person, email, or through social media. She will be investing in business cards which that will also be her next mission. Through this entire journey, her GG has been by her side, along with other support from friends, family, and those that believe in her. Danielle see’s her future self which inspires her to never give up and push through it all. At the end of this interview, she left me with her favorite quote:
“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”