Furloughed Disney Cast Member uses her baking skills to open her own business

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The past year has been quite a journey for some of us. Over the course of the pandemic many people have had to re-invent themselves after being laid-off or furloughed from their dream jobs. One recently laid-off Disney Cast Member is using her baking skills to keep her hopeful and busy.

Olivia Gismervik had been working as a sous chef for Disney’s catering team the past 5 years.

It was a really special experience to be a part of so many people’s weddings and their family events. Disney was such a great experience for me and I really did get so many skills that I have from working with them.

— Olivia Gismervik

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But in March, when COVID-19 arrived in Florida she was furloughed. She then turned her focus to baking and offering cookies to friends and family on Facebook. Then it slowly grew into a full-fledged business. Gismervik went from once-a-week deliveries to selling non-stop.

Now her skills have helped her become an entrepreneur. She even expresses her goals for her latest venture:

My hope is to expand my business and continue to offer met the quality of you know food that I do. I’m working right now on getting my business license so I can officially practice as a private chef and be able to do more savory food aside from baked goods.

You can find Olivia Gismervik’s homemade goods through her social media business accounts. Follow on Instagram @oliviagismervik or on her Facebook business page @oliviaskitchenorlando.

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Kevin Koszola