We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniela Gutierrez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Daniela, how do you think about risk?
I think risks are one of the biggest things of what can make a business or a career successful. By never taking chances and only allowing yourself to be in a safe bubble you’ll never be able to truly grasp the entirety of what you hold. You need that push within yourself to be able to reach the success point of what you want or else you’ll never realize how much work really went into it. Now don’t get me wrong. Taking risks means something different for every individual but as long as its a step that you may not be comfortable with but you know is for a good reason is all that matters! I spent nearly $500 when I was fifteen to start my business. For a fifteen year old I felt like the richest person in the world but I was willing to let it all go for a push to make my dream a reality. Now I’m at the point in my business where I’m getting orders weekly and booked for months ahead. That 50/50 chance that I risked doing was something I’ll never regret.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’d be lying if I said I’ve never imagined to be where I’m at today. Since the age of five the only thing I felt destined to do in my life was be a baker. I didn’t know how I was going to make it happen but I knew someway or another it was going to be my reality. Coming from two immigrant parents my upbringing wasn’t always easy and the curbs we had to overcome were ones I’m incredibly grateful for. Without them I don’t think we would be the same and I know that’s such a common saying but its incredibly true. It’s pushed me to break barriers and want to strive towards a success point further than what my parents provided to make them even more proud. Starting my business was definitely not easy and I still experience hard times through the process of learning to become better. From not getting orders, too forcing myself outside of my shell, to not being so critical on myself, it all allowed me to appreciate every positive milestone that I was able to achieve. I would want the world to know that my love for what I do has never diminished but only in fact grown brighter as I’ve grown to be an adult. I put my all to each thing that I do and my business is literally my baby that I so proudly share with everyone!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had to be honest if my Bestfriend was visiting San Diego I’d truly make the week long trip as if we’re both tourists. Visiting Downtown, Balboa, Little Italy, and just going to all the hit places here in San Diego. Now as a twenty one year old I’ve come to the realization that I’ve never really seen much of my city so I made the promise to myself to start experiencing it as if I wasn’t a local!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Where do I even begin with my shoutout! The first that comes to mind are my mentors that I had my junior year of high school. Their names were Laura and Sarah, I worked at Lauras bakery as an intern and Sarah was who taught me everything that you can imagine when it comes to decorating desserts. Before I met them I had no idea how to even decorate a cupcake and was so nervous when it came to cake decorating. The patience they had with me was what took the confidence out of me to continue working on the one thing I absolutely loved since I was a child. I’ll forever be grateful for their presence in my life and the major influence they had on my journey. My family is also a huge significance to my business. Growing up they never stopped me from being in the kitchen and never hesitated to try my baked goods. Although at times it would get messy and we would sometimes bud heads. They always ensured to showcase a sense of support and feedback to make me better.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/d.thebaker/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/lifeofdaniela

Other: Personal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xdgxo/

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