Have you ever been interviewed for a podcast? I certainly hadn’t until the Sugarcraft Junkies got in touch. Magazine interviews, yes. Newspaper interviews, tick. Radio interviews, definitely. Television interviews, certainly. However, Podcast interviews NO! This podcast interview was an unequivocal first.
Yay, episode 10 is out today, and it’s a good one, even if I do say so myself. We have the fantastic @lindyscakes joining us. She’s so flipping inspiring, if you need a little help looking on the bright side right now, give it a listen.The Sugarcraft Junkies
Listening to Podcasts
I don’t know about you but I love learning and I love listening to podcasts, particularly interviews with people that inspire me or have something to say. Listening to podcasts is something I do where I once listened to the radio. I find when I’m decorating cakes, I can’t listen to music but I can listen to voices and podcasts fit this bill perfectly. If I reach a really tricky stage, one where I need to concentrate, I simply press the pause button – perfect.
My Podcast interview
Lindy is one of Erica and Sam’s long time cake heroes, so to have her on the podcast was a real honour and dead exciting. Prepare to be inspired. We recorded this episode remotely, and are relieved to say we have now found a great platform, so our sound quality is a million times better than during the first UK lockdown.The Sugarcraft Junkies
The Sugarcraft Junkies Podcast – Episode 10 with Lindy Smith
Where to listen to my Podcast Interview
If you’d like to listen to my podcast interview and I hope you will…you can listen on all the regular podcast platforms. Here are some direct links to make it easy for you…
TIP: you’ll find my interview starts at about 28 minutes in!
Podcast interview questions
The girls covered an enormous amount of ground with their questions from teaching on cruise ships to my love of colour.
To give you a flavour, here are a few of the questions with my answers:
What in your art background has helped you most in sugarcraft?
“Well surprisingly, apart from doing art at school, I don’t have an art background. I do, however, come from a very artistic and creative family, so I guess it’s in my genes. I grew up painting, sewing, crouching, knitting, making objects out of paper and creating all manner of things. I’ve always been creative and I’m surrounded by other people who are too, so I guess that’s the influence rather than having a formal art education.
I used to wish I had gone to art college. But people have told me – no you don’t because you get taught in a certain way and it can actually be a hindrance. I have lots of freedom, with my art, because I never been told what the restraints are…I just dream up an idea and go for it. If I’d been told no you can’t do that you must do it this way, then maybe I wouldn’t have created everything that I have created during my career as a sugarcraft artist.”
What has been your career highlight, so far?
“Oh…there have been loads. But, I think the one that I was blown away by, was the demonstrations I did at Windsor castle one Christmas. Just being in that environment, where everything is out of scale, was incredible. I felt like Alice in Wonderland, in a fairy tale castle. It was absolutely fabulous experience…a simply magical weekend.” Click here to find out more
Tell us about the sugarcraft group you were in with Geraldine Dahlke..
“I had to look this up, it’s so long ago…2002, so nearly 20 years! I met Geraldine at a British Sugarcraft Guild International Exhibition in Telford. We got talking, as I was admiring the work she was doing at the time. She subsequently invited me to join the group and I became involved with her third exhibition – Taste of Art 3. I put in two submissions and luckily both were excepted. The pieces were exhibited in an art gallery or museum (can’t quite remember) in Guildford and then went on a tour up to the Bowes Museum. They became part of a Royal Sugarcraft Sculpture Exhibition titled – 600 years of Spender. My work was in the contemporary section.
This all happened before sugarcraft became accepted as a general art form gobally, so these designs were considered cutting edge at the time.”
How has your dyslexia influenced how you write your books?
“Being dyslexic as a child was really tough. I couldn’t read fluently, I couldn’t spell – still can’t spell but today, of course, there is digital help like spellcheck and Grammarly – especially Grammarly! Dyslexia has given me my dogged determination, I think. I wasn’t ever going to let it defeat me. As an adult, I love writing (using a keyboard) and being creative with it. I love that what I write can inspire people. I don’t have difficultly writing per se, my difficulty is still with spelling.
Dyslexic people think differently, which I believe has helped me stand out from the crowd. I go about things in a different way. Dyslexics tend to be big picture thinkers, and I like to embrace that as much as I can. I like to look at the advantages of being dyslexic rather than the issues that I struggle with. The issues never go away, it’s not something you grow out of. “
New Book – One tier party cakes
In the podcast we all talk about my new book. If you’d like to know more about this book. Take a look at the following blogs:
Purchasing your copy
If you would like to order your very own copy of my new book, please visit the Lindy’s Cakes online shop
Hoping you feel inspired…
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