Only in the past week I’ve had the word thrown at me…as a question, as a surprise reaction, as a statement…just what justifies the word ‘professional’?
Earlier in the week I was asked if I was a professional cake person. My answer was that I sure hope that I am one…with a laugh 😂!
When I thought about it some more, I really did wonder…what makes me a professional? I don’t have a baking ‘degree’, I have not attended a ‘cake school’, there’s no certificate of achievement by a recognised institution that ‘qualifies’ me as a ‘professional cake person’ 😳
Unlike my previous occupation, I was a Quantity Surveyor for more than a decade, working in the Construction Industry. I attended 4yrs of University, obtained a ‘degree’ and practiced as a professional body under the umbrella of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors…now THAT was something I identified with as being a professional.
Last month I had a review left on my Facebook Page, my customer described my service as ‘professional’. I deduced she was referring to my business manner and how I handled matters. So it’s obvious that ‘conduct’ defines the word ‘professional’.
Today, a few of my closest friends, upon sharing pictures of my studio and the classes that have taken place; commented on how ‘professional’ it looked. So ‘appearance’ also defines the word ‘professional’.
So is this all it takes? A great product, appearance and mannerism? Share with me your opinion, what makes one a professional cake person?
Today I taught a private class to this young lady, Dana.
Dana is hearing impaired and have zero caking experience. We spent the entire class communicating via messenger. And I kept catching myself whispering when trying to pronounce my words for her to lip read 😅
With an egg and nut allergy, she had little success getting established cake companies to accommodate her. And she was concerned that with her disability, she may fall behind and miss out in a group class scenario.
She’s so eager to learn as often she misses out on cake due to her allergies. Her mother used to bake her a separate cake but she has passed away and Dana never learnt from her mum how to bake.
So on Sunday, yesterday, I had the pleasure of delivering up a sculptured cake. If anyone follows my work, you’d know that I love a challenge and especially if it’s not one I’ve done yet! The excitement, the forward planning, the drafting of the blueprints in my head! 😍😍😍
I spent a good deal of time in my head piecing the steps I would need to take to achieve what I need to…revisiting the steps a few times over…all in my head…you could often catch me just zoned out, lost in my thoughts until I get the nagging “mummy, I’m HUNGRY!” for the 24th time in the last 10 mins…😪
Some people sketch. Some people even use a computer program or phone app. Me? I sit and dream, and plan it in my head. So that when I finally get down to actually assembling the cake, my head just tells my fingers where to go…and magic happens right before my eyes!!!
My customer was such a lovely lady and her feedback to me this morning via SMS was such an awesome way to kick start the day!
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So…whilst waiting for my Website Host to get back to me about some technical issues…I had no idea they had actually fixed it already and that the website is now accessible via WWW on a desktop! Yikes…so now I have to work diligently this week at tidying up all my pictures! 😜
Mmmm…on a separate note…look at what I made this week!
I made Rabbits 😊
That is…Benjamin, Peter and Lily Rabbit 😁
Dusting colour on really brings them to life…and trying a new photo taking technique and editing sure makes them look kinda like they belong on TV and not on my table in 3D! 😜