We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacki Potorke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacki, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Authenticity. As an Enneagram 4 (if you know you know…if not look it up, it’s a super helpful tool) authenticity is one of my core values. I have always strived to be true to myself, so when I discovered the Enneagram years ago and started learning more about my type, The Individualist, I started understanding why I held such a high standard for myself to “be myself.” It takes bravery to be yourself sometimes and it is not always easy but it is always worth it. It has taken a lot of inner work and reflection to get where I am currently and I know there is always more work to do, but I feel proud of the work I have done to become more authentic and to step into my truth. Authenticity to me in my life means being in the present moment, living with conviction, being confident in who I am, communicating openly and sincerely, aligning my actions with my ideals, and letting my spirit lead. Authenticity to me in my business/art means holding honesty to the highest standard, documenting the candid, showing up in a real & genuine way, not copying but digging deep to find my own unique voice.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about.
Lately I am most excited about shooting on film for brands that I partner with. The process is just so much more tangible and exciting. I always get butterflies in my stomach when my scans come back from the lab.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well with Covid everything is currently shut down, but this will be a good way to dream about when things open back up. 1. The rivers. Our favorite thing about Sacramento are the rivers! We love nature and go to the river at least once a week. For a spot in town we head to Paradise Beach. But an hour and a half drive away and you are at the Yuba which is just a magical place with green water and deep swimming holes and hot granite rocks to sun on. 2. The mountains. The high Sierras are a must when visiting. We usually head to Desolation Wilderness for hiking and swimming in alpine lakes. 3. Food. We dig authentic ethnic cuisine and our go to spots are Coconut on T for thai, Binchoyaki for Japanese, Co Mai for Vietnamese, Shoki for ramen, and Bombay for Indian. Our fave fusion spot is an Asian inspired place called Origami…the pork belly Bahn Mi is killer. Juno’s for sandwiches, One Speed for wood fired pizza, Veg Cafe for vegetarian, Anna’s and Bambi for vegan, Pushkin’s for gluten free, Fixins for Southern, Fish Face for poke, and Chita’s for tacos. For a fancier experience Beast + Bounty is a must…the food and the aesthetic are amazing. Revolution Wines has a good happy hour on Thursdays. Faria has theeeeee best most flakey insanely delicious croissants and baked goods and the coffee is spot on too. The Sac food Co-op is our go to for groceries and the deli. 4. Coffee. There is a huge coffee scene in Sacramento. We frequent: Temple…the one on K is gorgeous with the penny floors. Chocolate Fish for roasted beans and long blacks. Insight on 8th for a cool scene…they feature art and play the best music. Camellia for really good pastries. The Mill on I for the back patio and waffles. 5. Breweries. Also a huge brewery scene here in Sac. We go to Porchlight for chill vibes. Sac Yard for lawn games. The Two Rivers cidery is also a fave…fun flights to taste the different flavors and they have ski ball. Usually all of these spots will have a food truck on site as well. 6. Shopping: The Antiques Faire under the freeway is super fun for searching for hidden treasures…second Sunday of the month. Old Gold for vintage. Eco Thrift for thrifting. Freestyle for used clothing. Beers and Underground for books. Jam and Bitte for children’s clothing, toys, books. There are lots of plant shops that are fun to check out as well…Public Land, Plant Daddy, Propagate, and The Prickly Pear. Makers Mart for a once a year shopping experience with various makers…a few of my favorites are my pals Urb Apothecary, Electric Sun Creatives, and Print Club Ltd. 7. Art: The Crocker Museum for collections and exhibits. First Fridays for various places including WAL and Verge. Public Land for exhibits and fun openings with cool people. Wide Open Walls for large murals all over town. Open studios at WAL for a peek inside the artists studios/homes. 8. Music: We like to go to shows at Harlow’s, Ace of Spades, and the Press Club. The Shady Lady has live music sometimes and killer cocktails too. 9. Bike rides: Sacramento has most trees per capita behind Paris which makes a beautiful canopy and covers the streets in shade. We ride bikes everywhere as much as possible. There are Jump bikes all around town if you are visiting and/or don’t have a bike. 10. Spa treatment: Asha Urban Baths is a gorgeous spa with soaking baths, a salt room, and massages/facials. Quite the experience.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Of course my super supportive and dedicated partner, Steven. Thank you for always encouraging me, loving me for me, and calling me out on my bullshit when needed. You make me better. My fellow badass business owning friends for their listening ears, advice, and inspiration. When I am feeling a lack of confidence they always call me higher. Oh man, so many books…but I would say Richard Rohr’s Enneagram book and Brene Brown’s “Daring Greatly” have been super crucial to my growth.
Amanda Bellamy for headshot
Jacki Potorke for other photos