We had the good fortune of connecting with Marisol Amezcua and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marisol, what role has risk played in your life or career?
You will never know what you are capable of, if you DO NOT try. My whole career has been about risk taking. I mistakenly found my passion by entering a competition I knew nothing about! At the age of 14, I entered SkillsUSA thinking it was an after school activity. Weeks flew by when I was handed a stack of papers, of what is to be expected for this competition. I was panicked and confused. I followed through this competition, knowing I have zero experience. At this moment, I mistakenly found my passion for cake decorating. At the age of 15, I got my first job at a grocery store bakery, as a cake decorator. I gained confidence and experience for the future competitions, I already had in mind. My senior year, I made a promise to myself to place at State. I was so determined, I packed my suitcase with already made buttercream icing and bread dough. All of this to practice in my hotel room a day before competition. The day of competition, I was terrified. I had a few bumps in the road, leaving the room in tears as I am presenting my product. After collecting myself, I sat down with my Chef Instructor, Chef Philip Dell, as I received criticism. His criticism made me still have some hope. The night at my hotel room was long. I could not sleep, as I was overthinking. The time came when I had to head to the stage room. Before leaving my hotel room, I threw myself on the floor and prayed while tears ran down my face. I really wanted this. Sitting down waiting for my results, while others received their medals was the worst moments in my life. The feeling of not knowing. “Commercial Baking- High School” was announced on the speaker. I threw myself on the floor again, sobbing, as my team hovered over me hugging my tight. “Silver Marisol Amezcua- Rancho High School”. My heart stopped, I got up in shock and in tears walking over to the stage to receive my medal. This was my turning point and conformation. Since the competition, I ended up leaving the grocery store as I was overworked and very little pay. I was lost once again. I applied too many cake decorating jobs, and neither of them accepted me. As I had very little experience. I was rejected multiple times to help me strengthen my skills. I was lost, once again. A month after, I joined a team at a Deli and bakery. This is not what I wanted to do, but it will have to do as I attended college. After being here for 6-8 months I received an opportunity at STK Steakhouse inside the Cosmopolitan. I was not sure if this was something I wanted, I wanted to become a cake artist. But again, I followed through. 6 months later, I received another opportunity to work inside SW Steakhouse at the Wynn Resort and Casino. At the age of 20, I joined the Union. I accepted my dreams of becoming a cake artist wasn’t going to work. So, this is where I decided to settle. One day, I was scrolling through Instagram, where I found many cake artists posting their creations. This angered me as I told myself “this could be me.” I sprung up and started to bake, literally. I started to decorate cakes for my family to take to work, only to capture pictures for my Instagram. I started to become noticed, and started to work from home at the same time working a full time job. A few months before my one year anniversary at the casino, working two full time jobs, day and night, became too much for me. I had to make a decision. Casino or cake decorating. I followed my passion, I explained to my boss, that this is something I wanted. He did not approve of it, and was angered with me. I put in my two weeks. I was scared and confused, knowing I am leaving a large opportunity for my future. But, I followed through and took the risk. I will never forget the words, “Are you sure you want to do this, you know you are leaving union… right?” This sparked a fire in myself, to prove you wrong. March 12th, 2020 was my last day at the casino. 2 days after the pandemic forced casinos to close. I became fully licensed, kept busy and survived. Fast forward today, March 2nd of typing this. 10 days before my 1 year anniversary of being self employed. I am happy, proud and determined for my future. I really do see a long-term career, of my own. All the sweat, tears, and joy. I am “Marisol’s Tiers of Joy”. Never let anyone tell you “NO”. Take it from me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work, comes from the heart. Everything I know was passed on and self taught. I continue to pass my knowledge and struggles to others. In fact, I volunteer in high schools to share my experiences and to give others hope. I can easily say, I am most proud of my mind. I kept a strong mind throughout my journey, and followed was I love. Despite all the negatives, I focused. I learned to help others, my whole career leading up to today… was hard, I asked for help and no one was willing to teach me. I decided to end that cycle, and encourage others to follow their dreams.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spots in Las Vegas, has to be Honey Salt! I love to eat out, I love to explore new restaurants and try their desserts!
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?
I would love to give a HUGE shoutout to Chef Philip Dell. Thank you for giving me a chance and believing in me. You are the reason why I am where I am at today. If it wasn’t for you, I would have never found my calling.
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