Ashley Roussel left the volleyball court for the kitchen.
“I wanted to be a sports broadcaster on ESPN,” she remembers. “And here’s this guy walking by who’s the weekend sportscaster for Channel 10. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re doing what I want to be doing!’”
He joined her on her porch for a career chat that didn’t go the way the young athlete was expecting. Within minutes, he’d convinced her that her current path would make her “jaded, cynical and angry.”
“I really didn’t have a clue,” she said. “I was taking classes I couldn’t relate to, lots of technical stuff, lots of cameras and computers. I’m an analog girl, and the digital world was not where I lined up.”
That’s when she called her dad and coach, Butch Roussel, who was one of the original owners of Fat Harry’s. What did he think about hospitality management instead? Within days, she’d switched majors and was soon off to apply for her first job at Zea—their third restaurant had just opened in Lafayette. They hired her on the spot as a server.
“I had no experience,” she said. “I told them, ‘Shape me, mold me, make me what you want. I don’t have any bad habits to break. I want to learn.’”
You can read up to 3 premium stories before you subscribe to Magzter GOLD
Log in, if you are already a subscriber
Get unlimited access to thousands of curated premium stories, newspapers and 5,000+ magazines
READ THE ENTIRE ISSUE