I started baking when I was 12 because I went vegan and I couldn’t find any vegan sweets around town. It kind of forced me to make baking my hobby and I discovered that I really loved baking. It was around the time that I was also really getting into music and bands around LA, so I would set up shop at different shows when I was in middle school and up until around mid high school. People got to know my pastries through that and then I got clients and sold to different stores and a lot of events.
When all of this was starting, it was sort of a pre-teen, self-discovery, phase. I was just becoming more politically aware and being vegan really opened my eyes to different corporations I didn’t agree with. A couple different venues and promoters would invite me to sell at different shows so I would pick the ones that I wanted to go to and would sell that way. I was able to get a feel for business and baking while also being able to see a band I really wanted to see.
Ultimately, being vegan is the way that I’ll always want to live my life. The transition to becoming vegan involved becoming aware of what it took for something to be made through animal labor, human labor, who’s making it, who’s profiting... I think having that instilled in me from a young age has made me really aware of the food that you support and that you put in your body.