INTERVIEW: Entrepreneur & Creative Director Natalie Tate

Photo Credit: Christopher Horne

As someone who tends to travel and get to know all these different foods from different cultures – how did you choose to turn this into a creative food based source?

The transition from hobby to passion project and then to business, came naturally. It only made sense to make a profit off my passion  project if there was a market. I’m just fortunate enough that my passion behind food is wrapped up in my purpose of highlighting my city’s culture.

Did this immediately become Your Inner Fat Girl or it was rather like a brainstorm process?

This has been Your Inner Fat Girl since the very beginning. I thought of it one day and knew that would be the name of my blog. Since then the name has given me ways to play off of it, especially my slogan, “Fat Girls Taste Better”. 

What are some of the elements you tend to take in consideration when actually recommending a food or restaurant?

When recommending a restaurant, I’ll ask three questions: What cuisine is he/she interested in? What’s the occasion? What kind of vibe or atmosphere is preferred? When recommending food, I’ll also ask three questions: Home-cooked or take out? Sweet, spicy or savory and a price point they’re comfortable with spending. This insight helps tremendously when recommending a restaurant or food. 

With many projects in the works over in NOLA – how would say the COVID-19 has both help you and affected this plan?

New Orleans has been on a “stay at home” order since the week of March 13th. As many projects that have been postponed due to quarantining, I’ve gained much more. I’ve become more conscious of my health in areas of fitness, diet, skincare and most importantly REST. Often times, people are so caught up in their everyday routines, that when there’s a shift they feel lost. I don’t want to be one of those people. Yes, I’ll allow myself to be present in the state of shock and feel for those who’ve lost their lives from this deadly virus; however, I refuse to let this circumstance consume me. Instead, I’ve been relearning myself, surfing the net for best practices of adjusting during times of uncertainty, creating, and appreciating every day I’m blessed with. “If you do not change, you will become extinct” is a quote from the book, Who Moved My Cheese?” I found this book helpful when I lack motivation in all areas of my life whether there work, business or relationship related.  

Has this many time you have on your hands because of the lockdown has actually help you creatively? Have you gotten to come up or found some new foods or restaurants otherwise you wouldn’t?

Absolutely the lockdown is helping me creatively! The vision of my niche is much clearer and I’ve tapped into my own more than I have in years.   

What else is happening next in Natalie Tate’s world?

Well, I’m turning twenty-four at the end of April which is nerve-wrecking; yet, exciting. I’m currently planning the ultimate self care day since I won’t be able to celebrate outside my home. My supporters can also look forward to a Your Inner Fat Girl merchandise birthday sale 🙂 

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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