I want to introduce my new series to you: BOSS BABES.
As my readers are predominantly young females, I think it’s important to feature inspirational girls. For example, girls who have started their own business, or who have become their own boss. Since we typically see older men in that scenario, I love seeing a kick-ass young girl who has done it instead, and I can’t help but feel inspired by it… I hope you do too!
That’s what this series is about: hoping to inspire and motivate you into achieving whatever it is you want to achieve.
I stumbled across the first BOSS BABE by accident – a friend of mine had liked one of her photos on Facebook (and how could you see it and not like it?) and I was immediately fascinated and had to look at her page.
Of course, from there I was just in awe. I hadn’t seen anybody put that much effort into platters, ever. I myself absolutely would never have the patience for it, but they all looked so incredibly amazing that I instantly envisioned myself hosting dinner parties and doing something similar (sorry friends, but that’s probably not going to happen – and if it does, it will be a couple of grapes and a stick of salami thrown down on a plate.)
I initially just showed my boyfriend and a couple of friends some of the photos to talk about how awesome the platters looked, and saved the page for later. However, my thoughts kept trailing back to it, and how great that this girl (Megan) had started her own business – and she’s only 26!
I decided to message Megan to ask if I could show some of her pictures on my blog. At first I was worried she would think it was weird, and I wasn’t sure if I should or not – but I’m so glad I did, because she was such a kind and lovely girl to talk to, and didn’t mind at all.
That’s when I had the idea for this new series. I messaged Megan (again – poor girl must have been sick of me) and told her my general idea, and she agreed to do a little interview! I loved asking her these questions and reading her answers – her passion for what she does shines through, which is such an important part of your career. Read the interview below, and I hope you’re as inspired by it as I was!
Q. What made you decide to start Your Platter Matters?
A. For my birthday last year I organised a big BBQ, but my partner and I really didn’t feel like cooking, nor did we want a sausage sizzle – so I decided I would create a big platter to keep all my friends satisfied. At the time we were watching Game of Thrones, and I kept watching these delicious medieval feasts pop up on the TV which inspired me for that rustic feast feel. For weeks I collected bits and pieces to make it special. It was then I created my first platter, and after getting such a positive and amazing response I decided to turn my passion into something more!
Q. Were you nervous or overwhelmed during the beginning process?
A. Yes, so much yes. I think it’s quite normal to have doubts when starting a new business, especially with no business background. Many times I would get to a stage where I thought “What have I got myself into?” haha, but then I managed to recoup and try again, and all the hard work does eventually pay off.
Q. Did you always envision yourself working in the food industry?
A. No, other than a few waitressing jobs when I was younger. I actually work as a dental nurse at the University during the week. My late father was a chef and I would have loved to make him proud although I never did consider myself a “good cook”. I’ve always been very artistic and creative, and also with the dental nursing I’ve learned a lot in regards to infection control so I guess the two skills helped compliment each other.
Q. Have you had any hiccups or unpleasant experiences along the way? Or are there any aspects of your career that you don’t enjoy?
A. If I’m honest, yes. I’ve had some issues with companies stealing my images, which has made me be a lot more aware of watermarking my images and copyright. Also, I’m very trusting, so have been caught out a few times buying large amounts of food before receiving full payment which have then cancelled last minute. Consequently, I’ve learnt a lot in the process and have grown from my mistakes.
Q. What’s been your favourite part of this journey so far?
A. The people I have met! I really enjoy being a part of people’s happiness and usually when creating the platters, I’m helping them celebrate a wedding/birthday/event and this means I get to meet so many fun and happy people.
Q. Where do you ideally see Your Platter Matters in 10 years time?
A. Ideally I would love to be doing mainly weddings and large events. I’ve always wanted to make people gasp and really provide the ‘wow’ factor and in my eyes, the bigger platter the better, so large weddings would be a dream come true. Also, I want to travel for work to expand my horizons and skills.
If you’re located in Queensland, Australia, I would definitely suggest using Megan for any events you host – hell, I’m thinking of hopping on a plane and heading up there just to see these ridiculously amazing platters in person – but I think I’ve harassed her enough for the time being, hahaha.
I hope you guys enjoyed the first post in this new series. I had a lot of fun organising it with Megan, and doing the Q&A! Gotta admit, these platters made me hungry multiple times during this process – I’m currently glaring at my banana in disgust for not being surrounded by other amazing foods… I almost feel bad for it.
If you know anybody (or you!) who deserves to be featured in a BOSS BABE post, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact me on any of my social media accounts – the links are at the top of the page!