Today we’d like to introduce you to Ally Fazio.
Hi Ally, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I was a stay at home mom who felt stuck. I had a creative itch that just wasn’t being fulfilled. So I had to finally figure out how to do something for me. To find identity in something other than being a mom. I started making charcuterie boards for my husband and I for date nights we spent at home after we put the kids to bed. I posted one on Facebook and a couple of people commented on the photo I posted saying “why aren’t you selling theses, they are beautiful”. So that’s when I put feelers out to see if it was something people were actually interested in and they were. The rest is history, I guess.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The biggest obstacle is getting out of that mindset still says I’m just a stay at home mom. I have to be out of my comfort zone quite often and that is difficult. I’m just a homebody with a creative side that loves to bring out the beauty in things. Realizing that is something that people want and need in their life is the most difficult.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a charcuterie artist, I design custom charcuterie boards and grazing tables for events. I specialize in breaking down the barriers in a social circle. Have you ever been that person at a birthday party or gathering of some sort just sitting with your spouse or by yourself at a table. Grazing tables and charcuterie boards break that barrier by bringing people together to mingle over the food they are eating. To try different things and suggest different things to others. I like to say I specialize in helping people make friends over trying different cheeses. I know it sounds funny but it’s very true.
What were you like growing up?
I was an only child growing up, I didn’t have a lot of friends so I had a lot of time to myself being creative coming up with games to play by myself. Creating and painting and drawing were some of my favorite things to do as a kid. I have always been a foodie at heart, though. I think that’s why this career is a perfect fit for me
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