At FBC, we encounter many people who have bravely changed jobs to dedicate their career to something they cherish: food.
In anticipation of this year’s “push your boundaries” theme, we decided to celebrate FBC’s bold alumni who’ve made the leap from hobby to full-time blogging, after attending FBC. We will be posting a series of interviews to share their stories, growth, and hear some of their tips and encouragement to hopefully inspire others to make the switch! FBC itself began with just a dream, we therefore make it our mission to help others follow theirs – through our conferences and events – by providing attendants with the confidence, strength, tools and community needed to push their boundaries and get started!
Meet our first passionate go-getter in this series, Regula Ysewijn (@missfoodwise): a loyal FBC Alumni [4th year attending] who will be returning as a speaker with a session on “burning your fingers with historic foodways” at this year’s conference in June!
Tell us about your blog!
I’m a freelance photographer, graphic designer and writer with a focus on food. My blog name is Miss Foodwise because it became a nickname for me when my blog was named Foodwise at the very start. Miss Foodwise is a blog devoted to discovering everything there is to know about British food (history) and culture. I enjoy to research the history behind a British dish to find out how it changed over the years and how social history influenced how people ate and how dishes evolved or disappeared completely. I also love to tell the story visually with the images I create for every dish. Currently I’m busy writing my first book about British food and I’m also photographing and writing for editorial and advertising clients as well as creating new visual identities for food businesses at the graphic design business I share with my husband.
What did you used to for a living beforehand?
I was a graphic designer, photographer and social media manager for a design agency in Antwerp.
Did you enjoy it?
I did, but I had the need to build a business of my own. I’ve always been full of ambition and the thought of creating my own business has always been on my mind.
What triggered you to switch to full-time foodie?
A passion to build something of my own, to follow my heart and create a new life where I can use my creativity for meaningful things. I also got an amazing job offer from a large food company I support, but I felt I had to try and build something myself first. I would otherwise regret not trying to achieve my goals on my own, so I took the most scary and exciting decision. To say it with the words of Confucius: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”
What do you love most about what you currently do?
The freedom of working for yourself, to be able to write your own future and build something that is meaningful. I love meeting producers, farmers, chefs and other people who are doing great things with food. My job gives me the opportunity to not only learn from these people but also show them the respect they deserve. I also enjoy doing workshops, seeing that twinkle in people’s eyes when you’ve learned them something, is quite special.
Any foreseeable career moves?
Gosh, the one big career move of leaving my day job is enough for the months to come but there are of course more plans for exciting things in the next year, my book is one of them and I am also working on food and beer walks and workshops in my home country Belgium.
Any thoughts on the future of food-blogging?
I think the future of food blogging is bright, a lot of companies work with bloggers these days and luckily a lot of them now also understand that for many of us our blog is also a part of our business. With conferences like FBC we are able to connect with each other and learn from each other and build a tight knit community which is of great importance.
Any tips or advice to others who would like to do the same?
Be creative, work hard for your passions and surround yourself with good and honest people.
How has FBC influenced you? What have you gained and how have you grown since attending the conference?
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