Today we’d like to introduce you to Brianna Works.
Brianna, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started lashing because I was in need of an extra hustle that can bring me extra money & fast. I was working a 9-5 that I started to hate. I use to get off late as hell every night around 3am but still dedicated an hour everyday to stay up and practice. I self-taught myself off a video from YouTube. I watched it literally three times and knew I could do this. I’m one of those people that’s a fast learner. I just need a good visual of how it’s done and I got it. Plus, I have photographic memory so it was really nothing to me.
I was also going through a terrible breakup & depression. I didn’t know at the time putting in so much effort to perfect something could distract me from this dark place. I didn’t come from riches or a supportive family so it was hard staying focused on anything but what I started Lash Paradise for money. I started off slow because of the type of hours I worked and the problems I had at home. I couldn’t put all of my time/efforts into my craft well at least in the beginning, I couldn’t. I had a few friends that would be my test dummy’s once I got the hang of doing the work on the doll head or whenever I bought new products, they was always willing to let me try something new. pretty soon with enough patience and time, my work started getting better and better month by month.
My clientele was still slow at first and not moving as fast as I wanted it to be. I had to learn with trying to start a business, you need a lot of patience and that’s something I really didn’t have. I came into this with no knowledge whatsoever. I did all the research I could to gain everything I needed to know about how to start a small business. I also started talking to older people at work and my two closest friends about my business plan because I just needed other people’s opinions on these things and maybe because I wasn’t so confident I can do this. They all pushed me though, it wasn’t no going back on my word. So I had to be serious about it. Working everyday plus trying to build a business was not easy. I had no free time to myself but I never complained; I just got it done. I knew I didn’t wanna work my job anymore so I had to make the right moves at the right time so it took a lot of mapping out than I thought.
A lot more patience and effort than I planned on giving. I use to cry and quit over and over because I was dealing with a lot. 25 with no emotional support or help besides two close friends? I worked everyday even double shifts to save money/invest into what I was starting. It really took me a while because by that time, I wasn’t making as much at work as I was before I thought of this. My hours was decreasing and at the time, I Had a shitty manager so I was on the verge of getting fired. I struggled with getting to work on time because I could never sleep at night. I was really up until the sun came up, knowing I had work in the next few hours. I needed a plan and fast, I wanted to put more time into lashing but I wasn’t so confident I would make much money since nobody really knew about it but I took a leap of faith and asked my manager to cut my hours back some more.
Now my schedule was now from 8pm-1am. every morning from that day on, I would get up at eight and start the day with atleast two clients before work. I had to start somewhere if I wanted this to work at the time, I thought it was a terrible idea but sometimes you just have to take that chance on yourself and believe it. At first, it was a little slow then business started to pick up out of nowhere since I was available. & now, I see No matter how many times I cried or felt myself taking a break because I needed a few mental days, I always found my way back to lashing. This was truly my happy place. I never in life thought I would ever feel joy again or see better days. I noticed When I stopped putting a time on Lash Paradise and stopped worrying about the money, that’s When I started seeing the difference in my work. I started getting more confident a little at a time though, I never was one of those confident people. it really took a while for me to get here to even say those words actually.
When my work started getting good, I started getting better with myself. My clientele started getting bigger. My prayers even became different. I never really had anyone cheering me on or asking what type of things catch my interest really. So it’s like now that I do everything hit different. Hearing/seeing people refer me or even seeing women’s faces after I’m finished is far more rewarding than the coin is. I never in my life did anything right. It was always L after L never Wins but now I don’t have to feel like that anymore because this time, it’s right! I feel like this was made for me to do. You don’t even know how amazing that feels. I take pride in what I started because it’s not even about the income anymore, lashing has really made me a better person. It helped with so many things in my life that I struggled with as a kid or even as an adult now. I’m really grateful to have taught myself something so unique! I’m really a business owner and I couldn’t be more proud of me.
Has it been a smooth road?
It was never smooth. It’s still hard but I learned how to control how I feel with certain things that I cannot change. And patience will get me further. I cut back on some bad habits so I’m able to save more money than I did before to invest it…
Not having enough support, time and money was a challenge.
Alright – so let’s talk business. What else should we know about you and your career so far?
I’m an eyelash technician. I specialize in every style of individual eyelash extensions.
What makes me proud is enhancing natural beauty that they’re insecure about. Making them feel good. I feel like we as women are not the nicest sometimes, so uplifting each other is really a good feeling. I never had anyone constantly reminding me I’m beautiful so to do that with others and actually being genuine about it makes me feel really good. Seeing how amazed they are at my work alone makes me proud!
I feel like what sets me apart from others is I’m really me. Everything about me is genuine. My energy is different. I’m not interested in just taking your money. I want to make sure all women are 100% satisfied and informed about all services/information period on eyelash extensions.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see me actually owning a beauty salon. I want to make it into a beauty bar actually.
So not only are you getting serviced for lashes but you can also buy beauty products from my own cosmetics line.
- Classic sets $75
- Hybrid sets $95
- Volume sets $120
- Website: https://briw.glossgenius.com/
- Phone: 3107394702
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/lashparadise__
- Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/tootiiegraham