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Check Out Brittney Lee’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittney Lee.

Hi Brittney, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’ve always been an artist since I was a little girl, which led me into the fashion and beauty industry. In 2011, I was 18 and just gave birth to my first daughter while studying fashion design and starting my makeup career in Los Angeles.

I assisted my first LA Fashion Week after my instructor saw that I was quick and efficient in my skills. I then continued on to doing numerous free gigs, weddings, and events to build my business. I was fully booked within my first six months with all paid clientele. I strongly believe in offering free work and assisting as much as you can in the beginning, especially in the creative industries. This helped me build a solid portfolio, reviews, and network.

I continued on to do LA Fashion Week every year, averaged about 70 weddings a year, worked with celebrities, and built an amazing community.

I then decided to add onto my services and went to Toni & Guy LA to get my cosmetology license. At this point, I was a full-time single mother of three daughters.

Unfortunately and fortunately, I survived domestic violence during this time and was forced to heal and take some time off to focus on myself and my daughters. This was all truly a blessing in disguise that I now can understand. My daughters and I recently relocated to Miami, FL where I’ve been given the opportunity to get back to my creativity in fashion design. I am currently getting ready to launch my personal brand that will include women’s loungewear, swimwear, handbags, and shoes in the near future; all designed and made by me to start. I also launched my organic, clean beauty body care line called Little Mama Glow last year and I am still taking on specific makeup and individual keratin hair extension clientele in Miami and Los Angeles.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Being an entrepreneur in general is not a straightforward, smooth road. There’s constant numerous high’s and low’s in any business you run. For me, personally. I struggled with being a full-time mom while also working full time, in an abusive relationship, feeling like I could always do more or better, and my mental health. I never said no, and that was one of my biggest lessons I learned whether it was in work or my personal life. I didn’t have balance in my life for nine years.

I truly believe that when you don’t take the time to create balance in your life, life will force you to.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m an artist, designer, makeup artist specializing in glam, individual keratin hair extensions, entrepreneur, and DV survivor. While I am praised by my clients and supporters for all my work that I create, I’m most proud of the fact that I’ve had the courage to continue on loving life after the fear of losing my life at the hands of my daughters’ father. I’m currently writing a book that I hope will encourage all women, mothers, and survivors to never lose hope when it seems the worst has happened.

I never gave up and never lost sight of what I wanted my future to look like.

And after years of experience and thousands of dollars spent, I am also now offering an online crash course with the option of coaching for those creatives that want to start their own small business but have no idea where or how to.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I’m very poised and professional but I promise I’m cracking jokes (and laughing at them), dancing, talking in weird voices and accents (I’ve been told I should do voice overs for a living), and honestly just a dork on a daily basis. I’m wild at heart.

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