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

Hi Mayra, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think of risk as being that one friend that’s not afraid to give you a nudge when you need it the most. That friend that’s a bit pushy but has the best intentions at heart. In my life I learned what was expected of me at an early age being first generation American my parents and elders perspective on the world grew into being my daily beliefs from my early to teen years. Being an adult is becoming your own person having your own outlook on life through trial and tribulations, something that I wasn’t prepared for and it became clear very quickly that it would require taking a risk to go outside of my limited outlook on the world to go against my parents beliefs and expectations and create my own perception of life. When you decide to take that risk you invite new opportunities, new experiences and new connections and it’s like you get that answer to a “what if” question by taking the risk you’ get to see and live that answer. I have since left my career in the medical field and chose to lean towards my artistic side as a cosmetologist I’m able to express myself in a way that best represents who I am and what I want to portray to the world. Risk is my friend that has been there at every step of my journey.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a licensed cosmetologist which is a trade of many things if we break it down but it allows the artist to be creative with one’s hair, skin and nails. I am a hairstylist and make up artist I don’t tie myself down to just one side of the cosmetology field. I like to provide an ample amount of services ranging from hair extensions to facials and/or make up. I am excited for what’s to come next in my career with Lux Beauty Lounge in the heights. What connections and relationships I’ll be creating next. Who’s face or hair I get to transform next. It took taking a lot of risks for me to get where I am today, a mindset change and a lot of patience. It was not an easy journey leaving a “secure” job by society terms to become an independent artist.

During that transition I had to constantly visualize and go into my dream goal as if I was already living in it. keeping in mind that this challenge won’t always be here and in the end my goals are waiting for me to arrive. I learned that the relationship you have with yourself is the most important to nurture. I’m a Latina hairstylist and first generation American celebrating everyone and anyone who decides to take the risk against all odds to become who their most passionate to be.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would go eat breakfast tacos at Azteca Taco house with some Cafe de olla. Go to the Japanese garden in Hermann Park for a morning stroll it can also just be a zen moment. For sight seeing we would go to graffiti building good photo op moment also just surrounding areas with local art or the buffalo bayou park for picnic. I would then end the day at Gen Korean BBQ house.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I could not be who I am today if it wasn’t for the love, support of my partner Angel and daughter Amora Mia, and also their patience when they had to be my models. My girl friends who support and encouraged me throughout my journey it means the world and more but most importantly they change my daily outlook in the most positive way. I’m forever grateful for the people currently in my life.

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