Page 8 - November 2020 Hustle Mama Magazine
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 HMM: What was life like growing up for you? What kind of family did you grow up in?
AL: Growing up, life was anything but average. My mom and dad always instilled in me that I wasn't average. They exposed me to things that my peers were not necessarily exposed to, like traveling and fine dining. I was spoiled, but I worked very hard for everything. The school was the focal point of my childhood. All I had to do was excel in school, and the world could be mine.
HMM: How old were you when you knew this was your calling and what you were going to do for the rest of your life?
AL: I knew I wanted to do something within the beauty industry since I was a young girl. I cannot recall the age. But I can't remember when I wasn't trying to makeover my barbies or doing my cousins' and friends' hair. I am an entrepreneur at heart, and lashes will always be my first passion. I don't want to limit myself by saying this is what I'm going to do for the rest of my life because life has so much more to offer me.
HMM: How hard was it breaking into the business? We hear stories all the time of people who try for years and never make it, and then other stories of overnight "in the right place at the right time" sensations.
AL:It wasn't that hard breaking into the business for me. When I first started doing lashes, I was a senior in college. At that time, I was the only student on Penn State's main campus offering lash extensions.
In my situation, I think I was just "in the right place at the right time." I was already known on campus because of my socialite status.
I utilized my friends and counselors to hand out flyers and recommend students and professors to try my services. I knew once I had them on my lash bed, they were going to come back! I think there is more "opportunity meeting preparation."

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