Today we are sitting with a Decorating Goddess Chloe Tollard. Chloe is a cake decorator at Tamara’s in Oshkosh, WI. I wanted to sit down with Chloe and ask what had inspired her to become a cake decorator and where she will eventually want to go with it. The interview is as follows:
Interviewer: Tell me about where you grew up and what your family life was like?
Chloe:” I grew up in Oshkosh, WI, with my parents and brother. My family life was fun, my Mom, brother, and I were always doing crafty things when my Dad would go Deer hunting.”
Interviewer: How did your parents influence you?
Chloe: “I have my work ethic and sense of humor from my Father, and from my Mother, I have my creativity.”
Interviewer: Where did you go to school?
Chloe: “I attended school in Oshkosh, WI, and I graduated from Oshkosh North High School. “
Interviewer: Who have been the strongest influences in your life?
Chloe: “My strongest influences have been my Mom and my Aunt Patti. Both took the time to do crafts with me.”
Interviewer: What led you to your career?
Chloe: “I was working in the Deli department of a grocery store in Milwaukee, WI. It was a dead-end job, and when I was about to quit, the manager approached me and asked if I would like to try cake decorating, and I eagerly replied YES!. After a few weeks of decorating classes, here I am. I like to refer to it as a happy accident.”
Interviewer: How would friends and acquaintances describe you?
Chloe: ” My friends and acquaintances consider me a free spirit that thinks up the fun and crazy things to do.”
Interviewer: What are you most proud of accomplishing?
Chloe: “How far I have come with perfecting my craft, learning from others as well as what I learn on my own.”
Interviewer: What would you have done differently if you had a chance?
Chloe: Looking back, I think that I would have attended Pastry School, who knows where I’d be now if I did.”
Interviewer: Share with me something about yourself that you want to improve?
Chloe: ” I am always working on improving my skills and challenging myself with new techniques and design with my craft. “
Interviewer: Describe a scene of your vision for the future.
Chloe: I picture myself possible, creating cake designs for a larger establishment.”
Author’s Note: Chloe is a very personable young woman who is not interested in either owning her own business nor entering significant competitions. Though she has been approached by the Food Network and spots on local television, she is content with making her cakes at her current location.