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Meet Symone Butler of Lashin’ Out LA in South LA, Leimert Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Symone Butler.

Symone, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m a 27-year-old certified eyelash technician and tooth gem artist from Suisun, CA, and I started my business by accident! I began my college journey at UC Irvine with the hope of becoming an optometrist, but I wasn’t able to keep up with the curriculum. I made my way to California State University, Fullerton, graduating with honors with a BA in Communications, concentration in public relations and a minor in African American Studies.

With a bachelor’s degree under my belt, I knew I could get my foot into a well known social media marketing company or an event production agency. Unfortunately, I struggled post-grad and could not get a job utilizing my degree. I landed an internship that led to nowhere and ended up serving in restaurants for three years. All in all, I had no clue where I was going in life. I finally landed my first corporate job this year, and after six months, I was laid off. Luckily enough, I enrolled in a classic eyelash training course that was scheduled to begin two weeks after I was laid off. Once I became a certified lash technician, I added the tooth gem service to diversify my clientele.

The eyelash extension and tooth gem courses couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in my life. What was going to be my side hustle turned into my very own business, Lashin’ Out LA. With lots of prayer and persistence, my passion finally found me. No more serving in restaurants or wondering what I’m supposed to be doing in life. It’s only up from here now.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As you read my story above, you can see, I went through plenty of struggles to get to where I am today. One of my biggest struggles was believing in myself and my capabilities. I began building a lot of self-doubt with constant rejection from the job market because I knew I was more than qualified to do the work. The positive thing about all of this is, I know to never doubt my abilities ever again, and with patience comes great rewards.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Lashin’ Out LA – what should we know?
Lashin’ Out LA is an eyelash extension and tooth gem business. For my eyelash extensions, I specialize in precise Classic lash extensions. I plan on expanding my eyelash service to volume and hybrid lashes in 2020. I also offer tooth gems for clients who want to add an extra pop to their daily look. I only use Swarovski crystals that’ll last on your tooth for as long as six months to one year or even longer.

I’m incredibly proud that my business is still in the beginning stages, yet I’ve received nothing but positive feedback from all of my clients and on social media. What sets me apart from other eyelash artists is my personable service, flexibility, making my clients feel like they’re at home and giving my clients exactly what they want.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Perseverance is the quality that describes my entire journey, but God is who brought me success and is still opening doors for me. Without prayer and belief, I would not have made it this far.


  • Classic set Lashes $70
  • Swarovski crystal tooth gem $60. Additional gem in same service $30

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