Meet the Team: Joyce Ng
September 14th, 2014
Behind the digital scene of TEDxVancouver is Joyce Ng. If she’s not at her keyboard, you’ll catch her in the kitchen. Learn more about our Web Editor, Joyce, below.
What do you currently do for work?
Currently, I’m an editor and writer for a New York-based hip-hop and indie music blog, Pigeons & Planes (part of the Complex Media Family); a copywriter for Urban Cultivator, a Vancouver-based hydroponics appliance company that signed a deal on Dragons’ Den; and I own a small scale baking business called Cakes in a Box. I also cater for my hugely talented friend’s company, Juno Kim Catering (Juno is also involved with TEDxVancouver, and does absolutely amazing pop-up dinners). Apparently, I’m bad at sitting still.
What is your dream job?
I have a rotating few, but right now, I would love to own my own bakery. I would have named it “Cake Baby” like Kristen Wiig’s character in Bridesmaids, but she and Universal Pictures beat me to it. C’est la vie. The thought of waking up at the crack of dawn to roll out dough, pop pies and cakes, croissants and cookies into the oven, and elevating people’s moods puts a big silly grin on my face.
What’s your favourite thing about Vancouver?
My favourite thing about Vancouver is its creative energy. I think there’s a lot of talent in the city right now, from amazing photographers who take breathtaking shots, to gifted individuals who are capable of dreaming up perfect doughnut flavours. It’s really cool to see people getting their hands dirty and just making it happen, filling in niches and gaps to create a more well-rounded and exciting Vancouver.
What is your favourite way to spend a day off?
Eating, laughing, connecting, exploring. Despite popular belief, there’s always something new for you to find in the little nooks and crannies of Vancouver. Naps are also great.
What book is on your nightstand right now?
Catch 22, which I have restarted a number of times, and am determined to finish it this time around; On the Road; and a non-fiction one titled Poke the Box by Seth Godin about making things happen that I’m supposed to read for work, but have yet to start it (sorry, work—the guilt is thick).
When was the last time you did something for the first time and what was it?
I made my first wedding cake a few weeks ago! Well, technically, it was for a wedding rehearsal, and the client wanted to gift the couple a wedding cake because they weren’t going to have one on their wedding day. I made a rich fudge chocolate naked cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting, and topped it with gold-dusted gum paste flowers, which I also made for the very first time. I was so excited and thrilled about the result.
What is something we wouldn’t expect about you?
I collect stamps. I don’t know if that’s ever something that you’d expect from someone, but I have quite a formidable collection. We’re called philatelists, us stamp collectors.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I’m still working towards my next one. Aren’t we always one-upping ourselves anyway?
Which is your favourite TED talk?
Andrew Solomon’s talk “Love, no matter what.”
What’s your motto?
Really tempted to make a lame Drake-related joke here, but I won’t. I don’t really have one, but I am officially adopting something Kanye West said during his “rant” at London’s Wireless Festival. He goes, “I just wanna make something awesome, I just wanna be awesome, and I wanna hang around my awesome friends, and change the [expletive] world.” All I can think is, “same.”