We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela January and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, what’s the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?
I would have to say, a very difficult decision was deciding to take a chance on quitting my Full-time job with stability and benefits and taking a leap And putting all my funds into my own business. I was told, you get too comfortable In life and never fully blossom to your full potential until you take risk and trust yourself.
Of course I trust myself, so why not take the risk? We take a risk every time we get behind the wheel of a car.. tomorrow is never promised and I would love to be able to say, I lived out my dreams!
I quit my job, started my
Own beauty business and it has been a beautiful journey.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Growing up, my grandmother who raised me was an artist.. I would watch her paint beautiful Scenic canvases. She then let me have a turn ( around 5 years of age) and my art was horrific but with her artistic mind she expressed how beautiful it was and encouraged me to keep going and work with what I got. At age 6 I remember a love for makeup started to form and I would apply lipstick and get into trouble so I had a great idea! No one would be able to take off my red lips if I use Red nail
Polish. Well, worst idea EVER I remember the burn and Excruciating pain. I was yelling, screaming and crying. My Grandma heard me and was trying to think of how to remove it and only logocal thing she could think of was Acetone (more burning) well, it was removed and my idea went to
Crap… however my love for makeup continued and as and adult and became a makeup artist. I found my nitch and own style which I had help from Lily, who held a class I took and my friend Gaby in the industry, oh and YouTube..
I practiced and practiced my craft and when I look back, it wasn’t so good. Hahah.. but it’s great looking back and seeing how far I have some and you never stop learning, I always learn. Now I teach makeup and lash extension certification classes and it’s beautiful. I love teaching and showing my students my struggles and all the skills I have learned along the way in the industry.
My brand is here to inspire those who want to break into the beauty industry and provide them with advanced education and support.
There’s enough room for us all in the industry and I teach my students kindness, respect and teamwork to spread throughout the industry because it’s tuff and competitive out there if you let it be.
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 best friend was vitiating the area I would say, hey!! Let’s go down to Redondo beach and have some brunch, no specific places let’s see how’s got the cool crowd. That would lead to wanting to shop, I love downtown L.A you can find the coolest stuff on Santee Alley. Oh and then for dinner I would say, let’s hit Roscoes chicken and waffles.. yum!!!
Then off to downtown L.A looking for a cool bar.. 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?
I would like to shoutout to my longtime friend Gaby Ramos who is very inspirational as a successful makeup artist in the industry. She actually passed on a job to me working for slickforce studios, who I would also like to shoutout. It was the home of the kardashians for photography and stayed super busy with fans, showmagazine, inspiring models, inspiring photographers etc and I learned all my game working for them. Also, my friend / client Malaysia Pargo known for her position on basketball wives L.A had drug me along for years as her makeup artist and Contributing to my growth and success as an artist.
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