Ever wonder how some people get their unusual jobs? Us too! That's why we're super excited to showcase interesting and unique occupations in our brand new series, 'How'd You Get THAT Job?'
Kicking things off, we've got a candy inventor. You heard me. A CANDY INVENTOR. This is a job I dreamt of as a kid. Okay, this is a job I dream of now.
Imagine going to bed every night dreaming of candy.
Imagine if coming up with new and innovative candy ideas was something you were so passionate about, you made it your day job? Candy inventor and entrepreneur Roxy Klein did just that.
She dreams up cool creations like Sandy Candy, a sweet treat that looks like sand art. We spoke with her to find out how she juggles all the things she needs to do to run and promote her very cool candy business, Can You Imagine That, Inc.
What led you to pursue becoming a candy creator?
I have always liked candy and being creative. Ever since I was three, I have come up with candy ideas. My Dad is also a candy inventor.
What makes your job awesome?
My job is awesome because it allows me to be innovative in so many ways. From initial concept, to manufacturing, to marketing, it is fun to be involved in the entire process.
What has been the biggest surprise in doing this for a living?
The biggest surprise is that it is really hard to know what people will want to buy. Sometimes you think you have it figured out, but then you are never really sure.
What does your schedule look like on an average day?
7:30 am: Wake up, get ready, and eat breakfast
8:30am-9:30am: Return emails
9:30am-9:45am: Snack on candy
9:45am-11:45am:Return voice messages
11:45-am-12:00pm: Snack on candy
12:00-12:30: Return emails
1:00-3:00pm: Experiment with candy
3:00pm-5:00pm: Work on new accounts
5:00-5:15pm: Snack on candy
5:15-7:00 pm: Photograph candies
7:00pm- 8:00pm: Attempt to exercise
8:00pm-9:00pm: Eat a real dinner (without candy)
9:00-11:00pm: Socialize with family and or friends
11:00pm-7:30am: Dream about candy
How did you learn how to create candy?
I learned most of what I do on the job. I have taken several photography and Photoshop classes - an essential skill for marketing.
Do you have a role model?
Great question. My role model is my Dad. He taught me a majority of what I know [about the candy business] today.
What drives you to keep going?
The quest to create drives me. Plus, I really enjoy the positive feedback I get from customers.
What is one piece of advice you want to share with anyone who wants to be a candy inventor?
I would say to be determined and to learn anything and everything you can. And remember to network. One opportunity always can lead to another.
Find out more about Roxy and her creative candies at www.niftycandy.com