We had the good fortune of connecting with Bethanie Jean and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bethanie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I realized I had an opportunity that I truly thought would never come. I dreamed of becoming an Interior Designer when I was a child. My love for decor started at about age 7. So, in 1987 I thought I had found my calling. Much to my dismay the college I attended in 1998 didn’t have a Design program quite yet; nor did my home area have much demand for it either. I did the most practical thing that all creative types did as means of profession, I went to Beauty School. I had a very fulfilling and successful career as Hairstylist for over 2 decades, and in spite of my winsome title of “celebrity hairstylist”, my passion for Interiors never left my heart. I knew if I didn’t go the distance, get the education, and put it out there in the world, that I would regret it for the rest of my life. We only have so much life to live and I don’t want regrets accompanying me to my death bed. I guess my thought process was, you don’t know if you don’t try and you have to believe that you can be good at a myriad of things. I feel grateful that I do naturally excel in most creative fields, and have since found success in more than one realm of the Styling professions. Styling comes completely effortlessly to me; involuntarily really. It’s not even something I can turn off in my brain when trying to focus otherwise. So, home styling came just as second nature as fashion styling or hair styling. It’s larger scale challenges scratches a greater creative itch, so it’s been most satisfying of all. Just as I expected.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Let me state in advance that I am not even close to the level of where I want my design business, THE JOY REVISION to be, but nothing brings me more joy creatively than learning in this space.
I have learned to not say no. I can’t let fear of the unknown bully me out of an experience that is a gift from the universe. I have also am learning the importance of valuing my time as a designer. These projects take on an overwhelming amount of time. The hourly wage can become laughable when you really love what you do. I want to design everything for everyone because it sparks my joy, their joy, their pockets books joy.. etc.. but, I also need to know my worth and keep a roof over my families head. It’s a tricky balance between art & commerce, especially when clients automatically become dear friends. I want to personalize every aspect of every clients life. I want them to feel like the space I created for them is only second best to their own mother’s womb. Like it’s a breathing thing that shelters them, loves them, and offers them everything they didn’t even know they needed. I want it to feel like an entire world custom fit to their emotional support and in turn makes them feel safe enough to allow themselves to be inspired and live creatively.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My very favorite thing to do is walk through the hills with a heart full of gratitude gazing down at our beautiful city. It’s better than a 5 star dining experience or a swanky hotel. It will leave you in awe. Los Angeles vibrates at a very inspiring energy level. It immediately makes you feel lucky to be alive and inspires you to start calling your dreams goals.
By day you can find me vintage shopping and thrifting about the East side. Squaresville is my 1st go-to. Sunday Best is great too! I also hit up The Melrose Trading Post on sundays. Favorite evening out used to include The Magic Castle, La Poubelle, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, The Good Luck bar and The Rainbow. I also love watching a Disney film from the balcony of the glorious El Capitan. When I’m down town I always stop in to The Stocking Frame.
Not all of these legendary establishments have survived Covid. Sadly.
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I’ve had some friends and clients that have really championed my Interior Design dreams, when I started THE JOY REVISION Several let me decorate their homes. That has meant to world to me. It’s such an honor to create someone else’s special place that they go to fee most likely themselves in this world.
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