We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Michelle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
In my lifetime, I have made many decisions that have led me to experience numerous letdowns and countless triumphs. I made a decision many moons ago that I was not going to let anything hinder my success. More directly, I became goal-oriented.
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 am a professional Personal Stylist & Visual Presence Coach. I work with women teaching them how to transform and enhance thier visual presence so they look good and feel great. What sets me apart from others in my industry is my approach to style. I start from the inside out. I have the great opportunity to work with women either through direct styling services or through coaching services. It has been a long road getting to where I am today. I initially started by styling one client at a time and working behind the scenes on productions. I have extensive experience as a professional Personal and Executive Development Coach. As time progressed I saw a need with many of my individual clients and women that I would meet. I had to develop a system to help them solve their problems that effected their personal style. Today it is a foundational piece of my business. It was not easy getting to this point. I had to test out many theories with many different groups of women. Honestly, I was becoming discouraged until I remembered my purpose and mission. Along the way, I learned many great lessons. Some being you may fail many times but giving up is not an option. Another lesson for me was to function from a place of knowing that GOD gave me this talent, opportunity and no one could take it away from me. It gave me internal strength I want the world to know that I am my brand which is my story.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I moved to Texas from California, so I have many opportunities to take my close visitors on mini-tours including locations like museums. One, in particular, is the Dallas Museum of Art. I love art, color, movement, and stories. In the museum, there are always opportunities to see something new or revisit and gain a new point of view. Continuing on the tour for this trip would be my all-time favorite of visiting various thrift stores and consignment shops. This just does not get old. As we move along through our tour, we have to go and listen to live music! Watching bands play live is the best. House of Blues is my go-to venue. The tour would not be complete without some laughter. Where to next? The Improv. You never know who you will see, but you are guaranteed a good time. I do not drink and I am not a foodie so we would just have to grab food on the go. This is Dallas; there is no shortage of food and drink.
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?
It is hard to cultivate an answer that only acknowledges a sole person, group, organization, or book. My lifelong shoutout would be to the following: My parents for providing a foundation that consistently keeps me grounded. My husband, Dr. Eric C. Snowden, and cousin Dr. Will Moreland for inspiration, education, and connection. My children for keeping me accountable for all of the goals that I have set for myself. Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story? I have a great amount of respect and gratitude for Mahiritakai Allen. He has been not only a source of great encouragement, but he gave me a great opportunity in my industry when I first started my business.
Stylist: Stephanie Michelle/Coach Of Style Photographer: Shena&Shira Pridgett/The96Twins Productions
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