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Johanna Pabst

Jojo La Rue | Boston, MA

"You sometimes need to push yourself out of your own box to grow."

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What would be the title of your best-selling biography?

The Accidental Artist: The Girl Who Went to Grad School but Came out a Cupcake Artist
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What makes you happy?

My happiest moment in the past decade was when I took myself to Paris for a week. I was sitting in a café, writing postcards, sipping coffee, and realized it was pretty much perfect.
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Where do you go for a hit of culture?

I sing in a band with some friends called The Low Tide. We recently did what we jokingly referred to as a “Farmers Market Tour” where we played at two different farmers markets, one in Union Square in Somerville and the other in a nearby town called Needham.
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What 5 songs are you listening to on-repeat right now?

1. Call Your Girlfriend - Robyn; 2. Ho Hey - The Lumineers; 3. Some Nights - Fun; 4. Johanna - Think about Life; and 5. Ta Douleur- Camille.
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What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be was a paleontologist, because I loved dinosaurs. Then I moved onto archaeology, because I thought people and civilizations were more interesting...I think this has led directly into my current career in sociology. My secret dream would have been to be an actress or singer.
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Johanna Pabst

Necessity is the mother of invention, and in the case of Johanna Pabst, that’s how she came to be the maker she is today. Her company was born in 2010 when she wanted to find a way to make some money while attending grad school (Johanna’s working towards her PhD in sociology).

She’d been painting for fun and thought someone might want to buy one or two. Her mother had also asked her to get rid of some family antiques, so Johanna set up an Etsy shop to sell both, and pieces started to fly off the online shelves. What started as a pastime had all of sudden become a viable business.

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"I think it’s so important to be able to turn what you love doing into a business and to share it with other people who value what you do."

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"Trust the process. Don’t get freaked out by the big thing you have to do. Break it down into the steps needed to do it, and trust yourself that you know how to get it done."

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"I’ve come to have a real appreciation for the handmade movement, and a solidarity with all the other independent crafters out there."