I grew up in a beauty salon basically. I chose aesthetics because I love skin, I love make up and all my life I had people who come to me for guidance and I really felt like I needed education behind me so that I can guide people in the right direction.
What are you most passionate about?
I just like that you can just one day be somebody different. I can wake up tomorrow and be Marilyn if I want to or I can be totally natural and look like I just stepped fresh out of the shower with lip gloss and dewey skin or I can turn into a drag queen. Whatever I like to do.
What challenges did you face during your schooling?
It was hard leaving my, what was norm for me. I’m also a nurse, that was my first career path and it was chosen for me I didn’t choose it but I turned out to be pretty good at it so I stuck with it. You get comfortable in what you know most you kind of are afraid to set outside the box and pursue the things you dream about because it’s like this is paying the bills, I might as well stay with this.
It was time for me to go back to school because I felt like I didn’t have enough education and I really had to weigh my options as to where I wanted to focus my money. What you want to invest in yourself with and I was unhappy as a nurse and so I decided I might as well go and invest in what I really love to do, which is skin care, make up. I love the beauty industry.
What was your deciding factor?
I also model and so watching those commercials you see the runway, the hair, the make up and the fashion and it’s just like it spoke to me, the commercial. That sounds really corny but …
Did you look at other schools?
I know that there is those more expensive schools like Aveda and Paul Mitchell and all those things and I didn’t know if I wanted to do hair too and I’m kind of glad I came here because I actually get to see the stylists out on the floor and I really enjoy aesthetics. Then when I got here and I did my orien-, not my orientation but my interview and started going over the success rate of the school I was like this is where I need to be, because I want to go somewhere where I get everything that I can get so that I pass that exam on the first time so that I’m prepared.
What surprised you?
I would say the opportunities out there because I really thought it was a industry that you kind of had to make your own way, and you do but I didn’t know there that was so many different ways that you could go into it.
Why do you do this?
I like people and I like women especially, I like to make them feel good about themselves. After I’ve done my facial treatment and I’ve educated them somewhat on how to care for their skin I can actually see that they soak in what I say. It feels good to know that somebody’s actually paying attention to me and they believe me. They believe in what I’m telling them so I love that, that’s rewarding for me.
What advice can you provide current or prospective students?
Especially in the beauty industry if you’re not passionate about it you’re not going to stand out. There’s, you’re not going to make a difference in anyone’s lives, you’re not going to make a difference in your life. If you’re not going to go all the way in there, put both feet in, jump all in then what is the point?
Everyone has a story.
This was Mariama’s
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