It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new year!
2019 was one of the most fruitful years in Dancakes short history. So much has happened, and is happening that we thought we should get the Dancakes Team to mark some of our highlights from our last revolution around the sun while we barrel forward into the next one at 67,000 mph.
2019 was a big year for Dancakes. We added new artists, we had more viral content, we made permanent pancakes a reality, we finally got confirmation that our Pancake Art kit is complete and on its way and we worked more more high profile events then we ever had before. Not to say we don’t appreciate the low-key events, we currently do but there is something exciting about getting an email from a big company, celebrity or convention asking us to be a part of something special.
This was my personal favorite:
Is time weird? Time seems weird to me.
Maybe it’s because of my untethered childhood, moving around all the time, changing time zones, being a kid with lots of background anxiety. I was never any good remembering birthdays, I always slept in, I’ve always had this weird detached relationship with time. 2019 is over? Wow, when did it start? When does anything start. Let me think, where did we start this year?
Reflecting on my calendar, I was on Hells Kitchen in January! That was pretty cool. Bit odd, though, since they film so many years in advance, but it was a lovely feeling and raised our profiles a bit, so that was nice.
We managed to figure out a good way to preserve our favorite pancake pieces, if a bit clumsily. But we’ll soon have a proper workshop and a system in place to really hone our craft there. That’s exciting!
Our team has continued to grow, and all of the artists have improved considerably in the last year. I feel especially proud of my own progress on in-studio portraiture, which has had a really positive effect on my live pancakes as well. I had been in something of a creative rut and my team helped me climb out of it, so that was lovely. And we added a whole new artist to the team, in the form of Ryan! It’s such a privilege to be able to help give other creative people creative work.
All of it built up to a beautiful trip to Hong Kong that I had the blessing to go on with Ben and Jimmy, which was such a great, exciting, exhausting way to round out the year. It felt quite appropriate, and I’ll cherish those memories for the rest of my life.
I feel like next year is going to be even better, brighter, and bigger for us. But you know what? No expectations. It’ll be what it wants to be, and I’ll be there for my friends no matter what. Happy New Year!!!
Let me be completely atypical with you and say, “Wow! What a year! Where do I start?”
OK, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way I can start.
I’ll admit that I’m in a bit of a pickle here. Why you ask? Well, because the highlight I’d like to pick is one I can’t actually talk about just yet. I didn’t sign an NDA or anything, but a gentlemen’s agreement was made and I shall honour it. The few beans I can spill are fairly obvious; It involved making pancake art, of my own design, for a large corporation. Yay Capitalism!
To be completely frank though, it was truly one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve ever had making art and I’m insanely glad that I got to be part of it. Vague enough for you? I’ll be sure to fill in the details when the time is right (soon).
Beyond that I’m going to be very basic and point to our recent trip to Hong Kong. Dan, Jimmy and I spent 6 days wandering around Hong Kong and only had to work for one of those. If there was ever a moment to say #blessed out loud (and I’m still not sure there is), that would be it. I’ll freely admit to being a little road weary at times, we end up travelling more in one year than most people do in a lifetime and it can be exhausting. But it’s important to try and step outside yourself and attempt to grasp the enormity of luck that has graced us, and boy let me tell you, it IS enormous.
2019 was a whirlwind year for me. It involved pregnancy and the birth of my amazing son, Miles Jesse Goldberg. And I get to share this experience with the love of my life, Ashley. It has had the effect of slowing my progression as full time pancake artist with Dancakes, but I still get to do Amazing things with our family.
2019 has been a crazy year and one that brought me into the pancake world. My pancake journey began earlier this year around April, when I was randomly watching some Dancakes time-lapse videos one night with my wife. I thought they were the coolest things ever and said to myself, “Hey, I want to try that”.
I’ve always loved to draw and used to do a lot of commissions, gifts, just for fun, etc. But finding the time to sit down to draw took a backseat after having kids (i have a 5 yr old daughter and 3 yr old son) all while having a full-time job in Finance. Pancake art seemed like a fun way to tap back into my creative side while also having fun with it with my kids (yeah, I know, hard right turn from Finance to pancake art).
My first pancake art attempt was Ariel, the Little Mermaid for my daughter one morning in April. Seemed like an easy task at the time…I’d been able to draw Ariel on paper before…. But nope…drawing with pancake batter is a whole other story. The pancake ended up horrible! Colors were so sloppy, proportions way off, and I learned a valuable lesson in how everything is reversed in pancake art…oh, and I burnt it. But, we had a lot of fun making it together. Plus, getting my kids to eat anything is a struggle in itself (pickiest eaters), and seeing that they still ate this weird looking Ariel, I wanted to keep trying.
That night I watched some more Dancakes pancake art videos and remember thinking, wow…I how in the world do they do this, I could never get to that level. So, I kept trying, practicing, having fun with it with my kids, went through trial and error on colors, bottles, all of it, and eventually started getting marginally better, where my pancakes at least now sort of resemble what I am trying to make. I started making my own time-lapse videos of my pancakes and posting it to my Instagram page and got a very positive response with people requesting more. Over time, I started building a following and getting requests for pancake art commissions and live events ranging from pancake art workshops and private parties. The Dallas Mavericks even reached out to me to make pancake art for an event which was so fun! This little hobby has turned into a nice little side gig, and one that is so fun and that I love to do!
Then, in September, Dan reached out to me asking if I would be interested in joining the Dancakes team as a Dancakes artist after seeing my work on my Instagram page! I’ve been having a blast working with these amazing people and getting the opportunity to work some awesome events with them, especially the NBC Premier League Fan Fest in Miami a few weeks ago which was a blast! They were so welcoming when I first met them in person in STL and are just great, genuine people to be around. I still work full-time in Finance in Dallas and am juggling life at home with a wife, 2 kids and 2 dogs. But, being a Pancake Artist on top of it is so much fun, brings my creative side back out, and continues to challenge me to improve and get better each day. I’m really looking forward to what 2020 brings!