We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashja Steed and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ashja, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve been working since I was 16, from grocery stores to restaurants. My very last 9 to 5 I was a security officer with very long hours. I had worked there for almost a year when I realized I didn’t want to have to work for anyone other than myself ever again. I always had very long hours with barely anytime to spend with my daughter. It was then that I decided to start my own business where I can make my own hours and not have to answer to anyone.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been a lash extension artist for about 7 months now and I’ve loved every bit of it. I’m most proud of how quickly my business escalated and how fast I learned the craft. It was not easy but I made sure to practice everyday, do my research, and ask questions to those in the beauty industry, whom I could take advice from. Getting clients wasn’t easy at first but I just kept promoting and kept promoting myself and my business. It was some weeks where I didn’t have any clients at all and I was spending more money on products than I was making but I never gave up regardless. I think I’ve learned how to market pretty well with clients and branding sources as well. Networking got me very far in this business and I’m so glad it’s a skill I obtained as I am growing my business.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love going out for drinks in Deep Ellum in Downtown Dallas! There’s also this restaurant in Arlington called Social House that is amazing! I would also take them to SIx Flags because I love amusement parks and rides. A trip to the zoo or aquarium would also be on the itinerary as well as different arcade places like Dave and Busters, Strike n Reel, and Main Event.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to my mom who has been there for me since the very beginning. She supports every thing I do and when I decided to stop working and lash full time she was there every step of the way. I also want to shoutout my mentor Brittaney who gave me the opportunity to work in her shop and helped me grow my business.

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Kesha Sermon

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