Hi Dina! HUGE CONGRATS on being crowned the "Home & Family Home Cook"!
Before we dive into your experience on the show, can you please tell me a little bit about your background and how you found yourself in your current job?
I grew up around events that were centered around food. My mom was always cooking and planning. We ate together every night and Sunday dinner was like a weekly holiday. I was always interested in all things food related. I started writing a journal about it which turned into a blog. I was sharing my recipes and food adventures, soon more than just my family were following along!
I didn't realize you could work in the food industry beyond being a chef or restraunter. As I started doing more recipe development for brands and influencer campaigns, I saw the business side of things. There was a perfect storm of things and lots of prayer that contributed to my decision to give myself a chance at developing DishItGirl further.
What was it like for you to go from submitting your video application on DreamJobbing to appearing on Home & Family and then ultimately winning the competition?
I almost didn't submit my video because I could not fathom actually being chosen. Each step along the way was a complete surprise. Being able to appear on Home and Family felt like a huge win to me. Then to move on to win the competition was more than I could have forseen.
What was your favorite thing about being on the show so far and being able to LIVE your DreamJob?
My favorite thing about being on the show is to be able to share my love for food and family. Having the chance to hopefully inspire a larger audience and bring a smile to people's faces is a wonderful opportunity. Also, being able to learn from the experience and people on set is so valuable. Just by watching the Executive Chef, Shanti Hinojos, I feel like I gained a whole new perspective on food styling and prep.
Has this experience changed how you feel about your career going forward?
How I feel is two-fold, besides the ever grateful feeling I have. One part is validation another part is a bit more confidence. Entering the contest itself was me taking a risk and taking a chance on myself. Even larger, leaving my 9-5 job to pursue building my own business was uncharacteristically risky for me. There have been a lot of ups and downs. Not everyone sees how scared you may have been or the tears you shed when you are unsure. Now that I have done something I thought I could not I feel I have more confidence to take the next step forward.
What is the best piece of career advice you have heard? Do you have any advice for our readers on finding their ideal career or dream job?
I am not a big risk taker by nature. But recently I did take some, like leaving my job and investing in myself full time. Submitting the video and leaving it up to God's will was another step. Each step you push yourself to take when you think you can't do something is a step you take towards growth. It is better to try than to do nothing at all. You don't have take reckless risks, rather work towards putting yourself in the position where you can take them. Feeling a little uncomfortable is okay, feeling terrified signifies you are pushing too hard to fast. Listen to your gut and stay in prayer!
What's next for you?
I hope to continue to be involved with food television. I am going to keep cooking away in my kitchen, creating and sharing. I hope to one day maybe put out a cookbook as I have so many wonderful DishItGirl friends that ask for one!
Many thanks for taking the time to chat with us Dina, and HUGE CONGRATS!
To follow Dina's journey find her at: http://dishitgirl.com