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

Hi Virginia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
After completing my esthetician program and receiving my license, I started my business earlier this year. I started working in the beauty industry in 2016 at Ulta, and then moved on to Sephora in 2017 where I stayed for four years. The creativity of cosmetics and the power of skincare have always captivated me. I was surrounded by people who shared my enthusiasm for the beauty industry, and I was given incredible opportunity to learn from qualified professionals. It wasn’t until 2019 that I decided to leave my standard college course and enroll in a cosmetology program. I knew I wanted to be a solo esthetician with my own business, providing treatments to make people feel beautiful.

What should our readers know about your business?
What sets me apart from others is the prior experiences I’ve had working in the beauty industry that have helped me learn about customer service and how to handle situations professionally. I also truly value my customers and strive to make meaningful connections with every single one. My clients are not just a number to me and my main goal is to make a safe and comfortable environment for them to enjoy. I am most proud of myself for taking the leap of faith and working for myself full time. It has definitely not been an easy process, I’ve had a lot of obstacles in my way. There’s been some financial setbacks, as well as Covid playing a huge part in taking away the career plans I had envisioned. . But through it all I continue to work hard and pray every day because things will work out. What I’ve learned is to trust the process and take small steps every day to get to where I want. Success definitely does not happen overnight, so I’ve learned to be happy in the present moment instead of always trying to rush what comes next. What the world should know about my brand is that I genuinely love making people feel beautiful in their skin. Melted Esthetics means everything to me and it has taken me a lot of time, sweat, tears, sacrifice, risks and hardwork to be where I am today.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To be honest, I have so many people to thank. My parents have always supported me in any way they could and are one of the main reasons I’ve wanted to branch off and start my own business. I’m thankful for my wonderful boyfriend who has been with me since the beginning when I was still finishing my program and continues to see the potential in me. My amazing friends and family who encourage me everyday. My lovely clients who make my job worth it! And all of the esthetician mutuals I’ve encountered in my professional journey who have helped me learn everything along the way.

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