MISFITS IN ACTION
Building an empire is tough at any age, but at 13, most would call it impossible. That's not so for one Mississippi middle-school student, Cade Ortego. With dreams of being a public personality along the lines of Jimmy Fallon, Cade's dream job is one that would allow him to "meet all kinds of people, have fun with them, cook with them, and make them laugh."
With that dream in mind, Cade has begun to create experiences for himself now that will help him achieve that dream in the years to come. The young teenager operates a YouTube channel where he posts cooking videos and funny adolescent experiences. He and two of his friends - Quin Sirmon and Sydnee Durham - also host the podcast Catch Cade, which gives voice to teenage issues and social dilemmas. Finally, Cade put his cooking skills to the test competing in the 2018 season of Master Chef Jr., finishing in the top eight.
Cade credits his family for supporting his dreams. He says, "Lots of parents say, 'you can do anything you put your mind to', but let's be honest: as a kid, there can be some real-life obstacles that a kid can't tackle." He learned how to cook just from being in the kitchen at home and job-shadowing in his uncle's restaurant. He also relies on his parents to help with the production side of his podcast.
Even with a successful podcast and TV appearance, a relentless drive, and a big personality, Cade's proudest accomplishment has been motivating the mentors in his life to help him tackle obstacles that would stop most young people from creating the life they dream of.
If you want to "catch" Cade, check out his YouTube channel and podcast.