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Conversations with the Inspiring Jessica Erlandsen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Erlandsen.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started my beauty journey in 2000 when a director friend of mine asked me to help with his independent film. I completely fell in love with working on set. I decided to study beauty and special effects makeup and then continued my education in cosmetology school. I continued to work in film and television while simultaneously building my salon clientele. As I grew, more opportunities came my way including NYFW and working in the music industry. I’m so lucky to get to do what I love every day. It’s been 18 years and I couldn’t be happier!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’d say the road has been mostly smooth mainly because I’m a very hard worker and never said no to an opportunity. I had one employer who tried to hold me back and didn’t let me grow. Once I got out of that situation, my career took off! I always tell young people in this industry that you have to have thick skin and a strong work ethic. Keep studying and researching, never say no to a job and be kind. Find an artist you admire, study their work and hone in on what you are good at and work to be the best at it!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Be Beauty by Jess story. Tell us more about the business.
I quickly learned that I love doing BOTH hair and makeup. I love creating and completing a whole look for my clients. My clients know that they can come in with a vague idea for a look and then, I’ll take it to the next level for them. I’m good at reading people and I think I can tell what they are expecting or how they like their hair or makeup. I can do full face glam as well as more boho glowing natural face and everything in between. I’m OBSESSED with brows of course and have a strong following.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
My parents raised me to have strong work ethics and I know that is what has been a key factor to my success. They always encouraged me to express myself artistically and to play around with my style. I was wearing yellow eyeshadow and TONS of glitter in school and my parents loved it! It’s so important to have support in this business cause it can be tough.

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Laura Ise Photos, Shani Barrel Photos, Blackwell Studios LA, Memo Salon, Sony Music

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1 Comment

  1. Cerise

    August 27, 2018 at 14:18

    Boss babe!!!

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