We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Clark and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think I feel the same way as most people do about taking risks. Scared because you don’t know the outcome and if you will fail. But more recently, I’ve tried to change the way I view risk. Instead of thinking of all the wrong that could happen, I now start to think of all the things that will go right and how great I will do. Starting my business I’ve learned that it’s all about taking a risk the moment I quit both my jobs and decided to work for myself. As a new, small business I have to keep growing. That’s means I have to keep trying new things and taking risks. Every time I have been scared or nervous but every time I reminded myself to have faith. And if something didn’t go how I planned the first time, I learned from it and tried again. Taking a risk may be scary sometimes if you allow it to be but quitting on yourself and not taking the chance at all is what is most scary.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a licensed esthetician who specializes in lash extensions, educates/certifies in lash training and provides lash supplies to lash artists. I am the Owner of Babe Beauty & Academy (formally known as Rare Image Aesthetics) and also offer waxing, microblading and other beauty services at my store. I’ve been in the beauty industry for quite some time now and have done everything! I have been lashing and still perfecting new styles to keep up with the new new but I think, right now, I’m most excited about my lash training courses. After have being the student, I now am being the teacher and certifying girls in lash extensions and I love it! When I first started lashing, a lot of information was not taught to me. It was as if the artists who already mastered the technique were trying to keep some things secret to avoid competition. I stayed up long nights and tested things out for myself. I really learned my craft by lashing everyday and figuring out what worked on my clients. I understand how hard lashing is to start off with and how discouraging it can be when you’re not given all that you need to know. Which is why I decided to start my own lash courses. To give aspiring artists what will set them up to be the best artist they can be.
As a new, small business it took time and trial and error to be where I am now. I have even rebranded. It has not been easy but I just keep pushing and praying. I believe in myself just as any other business or successful person believes in themselves. I’ve learned that you have to allow what doesn’t work for you, grow you. It’s not going to be easy and it’s not going to be perfect at first. But that’s the process. You just have to do it!
I want the world to know that you can do anything you put your mind to. Literally! What I’ve been through and in my culture, one would believe pursuing your wants in this life is impossible. I’ve been judged and criticized. And I didn’t have support from those I thought I would have support from. But I used all that to push me even harder! My business is who I am. I do what I love and inspire those who want to do the same. I pour love in all I do and hope that I’ve shared it with someone who needs it.
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They don’t know this or may not even understand this at all yet but my biggest motivation, and still, are my kids. Without them, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. Their smiles, giggles, kisses, and hugs are what push me to be my best every day. I know that they can see how what I do is so important to me when they draw me pictures and always make sure to draw lashes or even when they help me clean and set up my store. They even help me with some ideas and ask me what I like. Their support is so genuine and I am truly blessed.
To my husband, thank you for all of your support and understanding. For believing in me when I don’t believe in myself and for always being patient with me. Thank you for always making my visions come to life no matter how many times I’ve changed my mind. But most importantly, thank you for knowing that this is a huge part of me and you love me for who I am and all that I am. I love you, 3k.