We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashlie Sellers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashlie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I had worked in retail for years in a position that had a creative spin to it. I was a visual merchandiser which was a lot of fun! But I had a taste of what it was like to be a creative and I knew that if I could be creative everyday in my work life it wouldn’t feel like work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from others artists is that I am primarily a gel technician. Many women begin this career at a young age and I waited until late in my years to do it. As a black tech who hand paints art I have been called a unicorn many times. I stand out in the nail community because it is not dominated by women that look like me. I’m super excited my journey because it is still blooming. I am constantly learning from the best on the business. I’m proud to say I will soon be a very decorated artist. I plan on having many certifications and knowledge to support my work. Professionally if took dedication on my time and support from those around me for me to step out on faith and get to where I am. That support system helped me keep going when I was tired. I never wanted to be an entrepreneur before doing nails because I was comfortable. When I realized I could tailor my life to fit me it changed me completely. Over the course of this journey I learned A lot about who I am as a person and business owner. That I am a brand! I learned that no time is wasted. I started “late” But everything I encountered before this was part of a perfect process that gave me tools I needed to succeed in the way that I have. I want the world to know that time is relevant. Start whenever you are ready to do what makes you happy. My brand was birthed from a love of my daily life and people can see that. I’m not here to push a product. I’m part of the product.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Okay so here’s a weekly itinerary; Monday- Heroes lounge for lunch buffet and DMA for an art night. Tuesday- Deep Ellum for shopping, lunch and an art tour/ photo shoot. Smokey johns bbq for dinner Wednesday- Greenville Ave for GAP pizza and Daiquiri Shoppe for dinner and midweek drinking and fun. Thursday – NorthPark mall before the weekend crowd, dinner at home and Vals cheesecakes for dessert. Friday -white rock lake for a morning workout /walk and taxco taquiera for late night tacos Saturday- Yoga at Klyde Warren park and a walk aruound the city. Pan African connection bookstore for shopping or whatever amazing event they have going on for the day. Then my fav nail supply BGM Nail supply for nail goodies! Sunday- Shoreline City church, brunch at Food for the soul sundays at ten Eleven Grill.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My favorite cousin Trichelle Lundy. Without her support before this nail business was a thing I may not have Ben pushes to even pursue it. Angela Hines has been my mentor since school and she has always seen my worth and told me I would be great even when I didn’t see it in myself. Star Hundal Culp and Deviny Thompson. I went to nail school with these two and their encouragement throughout and after school Has kept me going on the rollercoaster of the nail business.