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

Hi LaPortia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Honestly, the main factor that made me consider starting my own business was how many jobs I quit because I was so unhappy. Working a 9 to 5 is great for some people , I just always felt like it was never for me. All the jobs I’ve had, I NEVER loved so I never gave it my all and one day I really had to ask myself “What do you really want to do with your life, Portia?” and that’s when I knew I had to take my dreams way more serious to get the happiness I was looking for!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The beginning of my makeup and cosmetology career started in high school when I actually received my license! I was way more into hair than I was makeup back then but I always had a love for beauty and making any and everyone feel beautiful since I was a kid! I know y’all remember those Bratz doll heads, I had ALL of them LOL. I would make my own hair clip ins for school, I’d practice on my moms hair and my friends. I tried to get my hand in everyone’s hair! My love for makeup didn’t grow until I graduated. I did makeup for proms, birthdays, etc but I never charged because I just never believed I was good enough and that’s where the struggles came along. I gave up on my dream PLENTY of times because of procrastination (I thought) but I really just felt like I could never be like the YouTube Gurus , or the famous makeup artists everybody knew and loved. I doubted myself and I quickly had to learn that if I’m EVER going to be successful, I have to focus on my own path. Comparison will ALWAYS have you below everyone else because you’re constantly trying to keep up with everyone else. The hard lesson I had to learn was definitely learning how to love MY journey, love MY progress and be proud of myself! Yes, I’m not where I want to be right now but I will get there and I know it, I believe it. I also know that everyone wants to be a makeup artist or do hair, but there’s room for EVERYONE! You have something that another person is looking for and that’s what has kept me going!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Now I have only been in Dallas for about 6 months so I definitely haven’t hit up EVERYTHING yet, but if my friend was visiting, I’d take her to the Klyde Warren park! It’s so active and beautiful out there & there’s sometimes food trucks there which is AMAZING because food is life! I’d also take her out to Legacy West which is a cute little area that has shopping and bars! For food, there’s one place that I am OBSESSED with and that’s Gen Korean BBQ! I could eat that all daaaaaaay so I’d definitely recommend that place. For nightlife, Deep Ellum is ALWAYS a turn up! It’s always soooo many people there but it’s a super good time. I also love some Hookah so Xsheesha is a turn up spot me and my friend would definitely hit up!

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’ve had a lot of people in my life encourage me into doing makeup but I’d definitely give a BIG THANKS to my amazing , SUPPORTIVE boyfriend Jordyn, my little sister LaNyah & my mother Margie! They’ve always been in my corner , cheering me on on and off social media. When I felt down about my talents, they built me right back up & I’m just so grateful to have them!

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