Jessica Sagert makes chocolates…that alone is enough for us to want honor someone as “awesome” but the bubbly Brooklynite has so much more going on, we couldn’t help but want to share her inspiring projects with you all!
Today, we honor Jessica Sagert as a woman making history. Allow her to introduce herself:
I’m Jessica Sagert. I’m a digital marketer, working in music, and obsessed with cooking and eating. Restaurants are cool, but it’s not the scene I’m necessarily into. It’s the flavor explosion in my mouth that I’m into. And how people are combining innovative things for bold flavors. I got into making chocolates for friends, but couldn’t afford to keep giving them away as gifts, so I started selling them on my blog, www.gomeatyourself.com. The design of the chocolates mirror the writing I try to embody which is a bit more aggressive and steeped in pop culture than your normal flowery blog about heirloom tomatoes and farmers markets. I let the chocolates look like they are exploding with whatever I pack in them, be it coconut curry, rosemary, spicy bacon, sea salt, etc. I did my first wedding last season and it was so much harder than I thought it would be. I’m looking to launch a line of beef jerky soon but the meat market is way trickier than the fudge factory (which is what I like to call my kitchen when I’m making them). I also offer a discount to those that buy my chocolates and send me seductive pictures of themselves eating them to post on the site.
On the music side of things, working at Giant Step is fucking special. What R&B and soul-lover has it any better than working with Erykah Badu, Sade, Leela James, Nikki & Rich, Alice Smith, Raphael Saadiq. And those are the obvious ones. I have been put on to so much music while working with Giant Step, and knowing that we are helping bring to light GOOD music, and REAL music, is an honor and an awesome way to use the powers of marketing. And not for say, pharmaceuticals.
I also blog at for the Brooklyn Flea website, highlighting great and unique vendors who sell vintage, handmade or artisinal clothes, object or food. Each week, I focus on one vendor, one food item, and one shopper. Its a great community and I love sharing it with the digital world every week.
Jessica was kind enough to take time to answer some questions. Read her fun answers below:
M.I.S.S.: What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?
Oprah – She came from a poor and abusive childhood, and through education and personal commitment, she amassed her own (big time) wealth, and continues to share it. And I don’t mean buy giving people cars, but her Angle Network, the girls school, her reading initiatives, and everything else she contributes to, is so truly inspirational. She uses her powers for good and not for evil, and I love her for that.
Katie Spotz – Wow. At 22, she became the youngest person to row the Atlantic. I’m not a rowing fan, but it’s what she is NOT focused on that I truly admire. I bet she has never watched a reality show in her life and I love her for that.
Martha Stewart – Also came from very little, and she took arts and crafts (!) to a billion dollar business. That is amazingly cool. I would love to do that.
Alice Waters – Tackling childhood obesity, pushing for free and healthy breakfast and lunch for every public school student, and promotes US-grown, organic food products, which is a multi-tiered, extremely important issue we area facing today. Food, Inc., yall.
M.I.S.S.: How did you get your start?
I’ve been doing marketing since out the college gate, helping my mentor/art professor bring his artwork to museums, galleries, funders, etc. I worked in the art realm for years until I decided I wanted to get out of the non-profit thing and get into the private sector. Music was the perfect landing pad. Believe it or not, the most creative shit being produced is coming from the private companies, the marketers, etc. After that, it was a clear choice to hone in on the digital marketing.
M.I.S.S.: What’s your favorite project that you’ve worked on?
Professionally, probably working on the last Sade album. Having been a fan since my She-Ra days, it was an honor bringing that album to market. She is a true artist.
Personally, I gotta say my blog, www.gomeatyourself.com. I started it as a sales tool for when I blindly tried to get a show on the Food Network (it’s still a great idea, FN!!). The blog is now my lil baby. My lil neglected baby that is. I wish I had all the time in the world to work that shit out to the max, but alas, the killer ad revenue I get from it (psyche) doesn’t support the time needed.
M.I.S.S.: Who do you want to work with?
Musically, I want to work with Okayplayer more. I love their community, who they prop and what they do. Culinarily, I want to work with anyone out there that thinks they can out-ramen me. Except for David Chang-alang. He will definitely out ramen me. That and create the next Tumblr to get an HBO show or book deal.
M.I.S.S.: What part of being the Director of New Media is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?
My job is never done. There are always more people to reach out to, more technologies to exploit, more angles to cover, more content to create. Ultimately, that makes me feel like I’m never fully satisfied, and isn’t satisfaction one of the best feelings out there?
M.I.S.S.: Any advice for ladies who are just starting out in a career path similar to yours?
Diversify! Yes, it’s good to specialize, but shit, specialize in a few things. People aren’t working at GM for 40 till pension anymore. So best learn the web, AND how to dance. Or lawyer AND a read palms…graphic design AND farm…you get it.
Thanks so much, Jessica!
For more on Jessica and her projects, please visit her links below:
- Women Making History: Kerin Rose of A-Morir
- Versace Chocolate Anyone?
- Women Making History: Naomi Yasuda
- Women Making History: Hannah Rad aka Sheena Beaston
- Women Making History: Digit