We had the good fortune of connecting with Katherine Manrique and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katherine, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am from Denver, Colorado but I come from a family of immigrants. Both of my parents are Guatemalan and they came to the United States to have a better life. Guatemala is beautiful but there’s lots of corruption and poverty. With that my parents were determined to give us a better life then what they had. They always taught us to work hard and never take anything for granted. They also taught us morals which now has helped me and my siblings be who we are humble humans. I truly believe that my upbringing has helped me mature a lot faster then the majority of people my age and it has also showed me that nothing in life is given to you. I wouldn’t changed my upbringing because I am who I am because of it.
What should our readers know about your business?
Being in the beauty industry isn’t for everyone unfortunately. You have to be really good at what you do. If not your just another makeup artist and or hairdresser. I graduated cosmetology school at the age of 17 and I’m currently 26. As soon as I graduated I stared working at a salon for all beauty services. Two years in and I wasn’t in love with what I was doing. I got introduced to bridal makeup & hair and I fell in love. The brides reaction to how she looked in her dress all dolled up is what gave me a light bulb moment and I said to my self, “I’m going to specialize in special occasions makeup and hair.” It definitely wasn’t easy because the beauty industry since 2013 to now has definitely evolved since then. To me I feel like word of mouth has been my number one help for success, I started off as part time and I would work a full-time job, but that’s was super draining. I spoke to my husband and I told him I wanted to do makeup & hair full time and he supported me 100%. 2 years later I make more money then what I was making working a full time job and doing makeup and hair part time. The number one lesson I learned is to never give up on your self and trust the process.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend would be visiting I would take her to the San Antonio River Walk , it’s so relaxing to go on a tour boat ride. After the ride I would take her to Tower of Americans so that we can see San Antonio from way up high. To eat I would take her to Paloma Blanca, their food is just amazing. We would end the night at the pearl and have some mojitos.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout would go to my father because from a very young age he showed my what hard work is and how to work with your head and not physically. My dad is currently 48 years old and is retired living his best life because he learned to work, invest and repeat. He is definitely my role model and the person I want to be when I grow older.
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