A successful real estate agent who is also the co-founder BoldLeads, Christine Crane exemplifies the unlimited potentialinherent in entrepreneurship. As a real estate agent, Christine was responsible for millions in sales but nonetheless felt limited by a relatively small client database. This limitation only served to inspire her to reevaluate the state of leadgeneration in the real estate industry, which ultimately led to the creation of the BoldLeads system that has since helped so many real estate agents across the nation operate in a far more efficient manner while enjoying the tremendous financial reward of a self-sustaining pipeline of prospective future homebuyers and sellers.
What is your hobby?
I love to bake and am particularly fond of making all kinds of different pastries from scratch.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
One of my first jobs was in a small bakery, and once I learned the basic principles involved, I really wanted to get creativewith the recipes. I’ve been baking and making pastries ever since.
Tell us what you love about it.
I love how the slightest alteration to a recipe can make such a profound difference in the end result, and I truly enjoy tinkering with new ingredients and trying to develop new ideas and concepts.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
I stay very busy with my professional responsibilities, but I always make time to share what I know with anyone who happens to express an interest in learning to make pastries.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
I still use a lot of equipment that was handed down to me by my mother just for the sake of nostalgia, but I did just recently make a fairly sizable investment in a new set of confectionery tools.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
I try to buy local as often as possible, but sometimes it is just more convenient to order through an online retailer like Pastry Chef Central.
Are there any good books for beginners?
For a book that is detailed and does not rely on shortcuts or prepackaged ingredients, I recommend Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking I and II, which still sits on a shelf in my kitchen.
How has this changed your life?
I don’t think I have ever been left off the guest list for a dinner party, and it’s certainly nice to be skilled enough to bring a smile to someone’s face through something as simple as a pastry or a dessert.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
Get in the habit of taking notes while cooking. It can be quite frustrating to come up with a great idea only to forget precisely what it was the next time you want to make the recipe.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
I enjoy anything that allows me to spend time out in the sunshine, so I try to look for hobbies that keep me outside for an extended period of time.