Today we’d like to introduce you to Dami Onilogbo.
Dami, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I moved to LA with $500 dollars in my pocket. I didn’t have a plan all I knew is that I wanted to pursue acting and modeling. In that time, I was still heavy in the weight department so I knew if I wanted to do those things I had to kind of reinvent myself. So while I was sleeping in my car which I did for seven months, I got a gym membership at 24-hour fitness. At first it was just for me to shower but then I started to actually workout to the point where it became an obsession. All of a sudden I went from 250-160. With that accomplished and me getting settled after a now ten months in LA, I started to take acting serious. I joined the casting websites and submitted myself for an entire year before I finally got signed November of 2019. As well as finally taking an acting class with a phenomenal coach choice skinner. In the midst of all of this I never gave up cooking though. I created a food page where it shows my style of cooking and lets other gauge an idea of what I can do when they book me for catering gigs.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been a lot of struggles in my two years here. One was getting through sleeping in my car. That was one challenge that took all of me to get through. Another was not having income. Working 12 hours shifts to still only have negative 300 in my account was the lowest point in my life. Think about that not having any money to eat, I felt sad and alone and barely anyone knew what was even going on because I wouldn’t present myself that I needed help. I still looked polished and knew I had to keep fighting and keep moving.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Blessed Hands Catering story. Tell us more about the business.
What sets me apart from other chefs is that I’m fit. When you think of a chef, you think regular or chubby person who can cook very well. But to see a guy with abs and arms you start to wonder how he can cook and eat all of this food and stay in shape. I specialize in a lot of unconventional cooking meaning combining this like captain crunch waffles or cereal cinnamon rolls. My plate presentation will tell you I take pride in the art just as much as the cooking process.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I wouldn’t necessarily say luck, I’d call it a blessing. For me to not lose my mind and keep a cool head while going through what I was going through took a lot a faith in God to get me through the storm and for that reason alone, he blessed me with more favor than I could ask for. I’ve seen a lot of people move here and instantly move back home because of how hard it is in LA and then I see a few get lost. That’s why for me I always thank God in the smallest blessings given to me because it’s like him reassuring me that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.
- Email: Dami.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Dami.o Damicookin