We had the good fortune of connecting with Jazmin Gatica and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jazmin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Honestly, starting my own business at the age of 21 was never my plan. I would see my uncles running their own business and always thought it would be nice to have that. I decided to take a lashing course for fun, as a hobby. Never in my mind I would’ve thought that 2 years later I would’ve been able to quit and fully depend on it. It took a lot of hard work and dedication to get where I am now. Starting off was sometimes rough as I would get discouraged easily, with time I started seeing the impact I would have on my clients, that is when I knew this was my happy place. I grew love to what I do and I hope to later on keep expanding my business.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a lash artist, I have met so many people including fellow lash sisters. Everyone connects with their clientele differently, I think being outgoing has helped me a lot. Getting where I am today was not so easy, it took a lot of time and patience to grow. I had to sacrifice a lot of free time for it as well, I attended college full time, worked over 35+ hrs at my old job, and on top of that I had to come home to work. It was such a bittersweet moment when I finally decided to leave my old job, I was leaving behind a lot of good friendships but it was also ready to start this new chapter. I would want people to know that it is never too early or too late to follow your dreams. All the hard work always pays off at the end, slowly but surely.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my friend was visiting and I wanted to show her the best time ever I would first take her to brunch and show her how Houston does it here. I would also take her down to see the museums we have here, take her out to midtown for the night life. I would definitely take her up to The Waterway Ave up in The Woodlands and show her around Market Street. The Rooftop Cinema would also be one of the places to go to. Also, riding scooters around downtown would be nice as well depending if we want a relaxed night.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank my parents and my friends for always believing in me, for supporting me on all my decisions. I wouldn’t be where I am without them constantly pushing me through. My mom for always being so supportive in my journey and my dad for always helping me around and bringing my ideas to life.

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