NAME: Clara Polito
OCCUPATION: Head baker and founder of Clara’s Cakes, curator, high school student
LOCATION: Atwater Village
WHAT’S YOUR HUSTLE: I bake happiness into people’s lives. The remainder consists of homeschooling, refreshing my instagram, and figuring out how I’m going to make ideas of mine come to life.
WHAT DOES YOUR HUSTLE MEAN TO YOU: Not working for the man, but being the man, in my own world. Baking is something that I taught myself from “scratch” and it’s become the best job imaginable right now. If you’re working and every once in a while feel really stoked to be doing exactly what you’re doing, then I think you’ve got the right hustle going. What I’ve noticed about myself is that I love creating things, whether it’s a cupcake or art show, because there was no complete product to begin with so it’s magical to observe a finished result that originally was just a spark in my mind.
IF YOU COULD HAVE ONLY THREE TOOLS FOR YOUR HUSTLE, WHAT WOULD THEY BE: My iPhone, a gift card to Surfas, and an apron.
A WORD OF ADVICE TO WANNABE HUSTLERS IN YOUR FIELD: Don’t forget salt!
Visit Clara this Sunday, February 10th for her Valentine’s Pop-Up Shop at Atwater Village Farm from 11am ’til 4pm. 3224 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039. She’ll have heart pocket pies, chocolate caliente cookie sammies and red velvet cupcakes! All vegan, all the time!
NAME: Sacha Pytka
OCCUPATION: Sometimes fashion designer, sometimes travel blogger
LOCATION: Venice Beach
WHAT’S YOUR HUSTLE: Quite simply seeing the world and sharing it.
WHAT DOES YOUR HUSTLE MEAN TO YOU: I caught the travel bug young, traveling with my parents. Whether it was a month-long stay somewhere, a weekend getaway to Europe or a two-week tour around the world, no trip was considered unreasonable. This instilled a “why not?” sort of mentality in me—it’s part of who I am. I also find that the more I travel and the more people I meet, the more reasons I have to travel (more places to go back to, new friends to stay with!) The blog is more of a travel diary that I hope inspires other people to get out there too.
IF YOU COULD HAVE ONLY THREE TOOLS FOR YOUR HUSTLE, WHAT WOULD THEY BE: iPad (doubles as your boarding pass, in-flight entertainment, sound system for impromptu dance parties, among other things), Cameras (Canon G15 and GoPro), and a guide book to wherever I’m going.
A WORD OF ADVICE TO WANNABE HUSTLERS IN YOUR FIELD: Just go. Getting away doesn’t have to be planned. With all the low-cost airlines and travel sites nowadays, it’s easy to find deals on last-minute flights and hotels. And don’t forget about road trips! An unexpected 3-day weekend in a city you don’t know could be just as refreshing as that 2-week exotic getaway you’ve been saving up for.
Sacha’s blog: soyons-ouf.blogspot.com (“Soyons Ouf” is a play on words in French. ‘Ouf’ is french verlan (backwards) slang for ‘fou’-meaning crazy. “Soyons fou” is an old fashioned french saying- “Let’s be crazy.”)
Sacha’s travel guides for The Vivant: Adventure Guide to Panama and Guide to Greek Island-Hopping
Posted in HUSTLE FILES, TRAVEL & DESTINATIONS
Tagged adventure, bloggers, dreamers, entreprenuers, fashion, gypsies, nature, photographers, travel, vacation, writers
OCCUPATION: Visual / Recording Artist
LOCATION: New York, NY
WHAT’S YOUR HUSTLE: I created my own record label in college and years later, I’m releasing my major debut album. It’s officially my transition into the big leagues. I love it!
WHAT DOES YOUR HUSTLE MEAN TO YOU: My hustle is life or death. I’ve had to go through some major bullshit for this and if I fail then I might as well just not be alive. It’s a bit extreme, but I believe you have to have that type of determination to make in this industry. So many come and go and I want to make sure that I have firm footing to last the test of time.
IF YOU COULD HAVE ONLY THREE TOOLS FOR YOUR HUSTLE, WHAT WOULD THEY BE: A computer, Midi Keyboard, Microphone and I’m good to go.
A WORD OF ADVICE TO WANNABE HUSTLERS IN YOUR FIELD: In the music industry, it’s all to common to find people that want to be molded or people who want to mold you. My best advice is to mold yourself into what you want. It’s the only way you’ll find satisfaction and true worth. It also wouldn’t hurt to have a day job. Not everyone can score sponsorship, and you’ll need to find funding from somewhere.
Vanache’s new album Dancing With Lava Soaked Angels is slated for a December 11, 2012 release. Listen and PRE-ORDER NOW on BANDCAMP. All pre-orders automatically get a hard copy of the album when it releases.