The teacher had all the new students sit in a circle so we could all see one another and she asked everyone to define their goals and why we each choose to enroll in the cosmetician program. When it was my turn, this is what I remember saying...
"I am here to get my education and training and primarily to learn the basics. My goal is to be the next Martha Stewart of the beauty industry working with women and teens one-on-one and also on a larger scale nationally on television to help elevate and support peoples' confidence and self image!" All the ladies laughed and one said "Uh yeah right, how do think you are going to pull that off?"
In January of 1999, out of the spare bedroom in my apartment, and with zero clients I founded Pampered People. I worked part time to make ends meet at a local area day spa selling cosmetics, doing eyebrow waxes, makeup applications, facials and teaching a weekly evening class on color theory and makeup 101. I basically did anything and everything the owner asked me to do and tried to be a sponge and absorb the fundamentals regarding how to and how not to run a successful skin care studio. It was eye opening, to say the least. In November of 2000 I felt I was ready to totally strike out on my own and I have never looked back.
Over 20,000 facials later and 300 TV appearances on shows such as The View, E! News and Dr. Oz, I am still learning something new everyday. Client's skin is constantly changing and evolving due to the aging process, stress, shifts in the weather...just to name a few factors; so no two facials are ever exactly the same and I challenge myself to make every treatment both results driven and relaxing. I'm only as good as my last facial, makeup application or eyebrow arch and I try hard to keep that in the forefront of my mind each time a client shares their body, time and money with me! I see the disciplines I practice as art forms, and take your appearance and wellness very seriously. At the very core of who I am, I would say I find the biggest joy and exhilaration when someone has had a great experience and as they depart exclaim "Wow I had no idea Stacy!" That's correct you have no idea how much I love what I do, how much I value your loyalty and business, and how hard I am willing to work to keep it.
Thank you for taking a moment to read this, hope to work with you soon.