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Meet Danielle Salmon of Follow My Gut

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Salmon.

Danielle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’d love to say that I always knew that I wanted to start a restaurant website, but I didn’t. Looking back on my life, Follow My Gut came out of a few jobs I had after college. At the time, working in new business development, content creation, and marketing for various agencies and even folding clothes at TJ Maxx all brought me to this point.

Through those positions I learned the importance of branding, positioning a product, listening to customer feedback, photography, web development, and so much more. In between those jobs, I was always eating out and didn’t realize how much I loved to be in restaurants. It wasn’t until I found myself telling people where they should spend their money in restaurants and photographing the food that I decided to take everything I learned from those positions and create my own website.

Has it been a smooth road?
Overall, yes! I don’t think it’s “hard” to run this website since I honestly feel that Follow My Gut is what I would love to do for the rest of my life. However, visiting multiple restaurants in a week, taking and editing photos, and reviewing restaurants does come with its challenges. I spend many late nights staring at a computer screen trying to get reviews ready for the next day. I can’t hang out with friends as much as I used to.

I’m constantly teaching myself programs and applications that I don’t understand. And the biggest challenge is probably buttoning my pants every morning. Eating out so much means my clothes don’t fit as well as they used to—but thankfully, I have a lot of sweatpants. In spite of all of these challenges, I know Follow My Gut is what I want to do so it’s not bad if it means it’ll improve my website and myself in the process.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Follow My Gut – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Follow My Gut (http://www.followmygut.com) is a restaurant discovery website where I introduce readers to new restaurants and some they may have forgotten. Visiting eateries throughout Southern California and internationally I show people the best plates to try through photography, blog posts, videos, and even parody music videos. I’ve become known for not only posting photos across social media but focusing on writing detailed restaurant reviews and interviews.

When it comes to running this website, I am most proud of the moments where I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone. I don’t have a journalism degree and have never interviewed anyone, but the times where I got to sit down with chefs like Massimo Bottura and discuss their love of food has been amazing! I’m also one person running a website, so the idea of attending major events where only television stations and publications are in attendance was intimidating.

This was the case when I was invited to preview the 69th Emmy Awards Governors Ball. I was so nervous to be a small fish in a big pond, but it was such a great opportunity. And the biggest moment that I’m the most proud of was creating my parody music video, “Started a Cleanse”. It was so silly and I was nervous that people would laugh at me, but the process of writing a song, recording it, and executing the video was so exciting and I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to do it!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I’ve grown up in Los Angeles County and really couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I absolutely adore that Los Angeles has beautiful weather almost year round. I’m so happy to live in a state where there are so many different cultures, languages, types of food, styles of dress, and personalities. Although those are amazing aspects of Los Angeles, what I like the least about Los Angeles is the cost of living.

The conversation is nothing new, but it never seems to change. Rent in Los Angeles is so expensive by comparison to other cities and I feel like it’s so hard to live out here. While I understand there are many benefits to Los Angeles, it can be hard to stay and enjoy them here if rent is so high!

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Huong Nguyen of Heartlab Co.

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