We had the good fortune of connecting with Bylle Stasi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bylle, why did you pursue a creative career?
Creativity is as normal to me as breathing. I can’t imagine being in a situation where I wasn’t free to try new ideas. If I was an accountant, I’d probably make a mess of my personal life because I would need some sort of egress
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a licensed cosmetologist and body art practitioner specializing in permanent make-up. My company, STAY. Cosmetics was formed after ten years of doing makeup artistry and lash extensions in West Hollywood. When I added permanent make-up to my menu a couple of years ago, it opened up a whole new world for me creatively but was draining financially because few PMU artists were willing to share knowledge or information about pigment and tools without enormous investments. I decided that I wanted to offer a professional product line with education designed after all of my favorite products and tricks that I’ve discovered through my own research and experiences. The pandemic was hard on my clientele business since we were closed for most of 2020, but I was able to channel my vision and complete the first training course much sooner than I would have without being closed down. My first course on Lash Artistry is a comprehensive course for beginners and launches next month. The professional lash products are ready to go and now I’m working on an advanced lash course and an intro course for the business side of permanent make-up. The thing that sets my business apart is that I’m more inspired by excellence and filling necessary gaps in professional tools and education than I am by making money. That’s an easy thing to say but anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that is true. In the beauty world, that’s not always an easy thing to find, especially now since anyone can launch a brand with absolutely no experience in real situations. Quality over quantity is always going to drive me.
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.
Well assuming she’s already been to LA and all the tourist stuff is out of the way, I would want her to see the diversity our city has to offer. I would probably break it up into neighborhoods. I am a huge fan of the Art Deco era so I would want her to see some of that history as well. Dinner or drinks at The Tower Bar is included in that adventure, of course. I would have to do a boat day in the Marina and beach cruisers from Santa Monica to Venice on a Friday night so she could see all the classic cars that congregate in our epic sunset. Wine tasting would probably be on the list on the central coast and DEFINITELY our live music scene. Hopefully she comes post pandemic when we actually have that again. We have amazing local musicians that the majority of residents here take for granted. I would also take her to some of my favorite taco trucks in the city and my go to spots in Hollywood where I live. Honestly, the LA trip is not one size fits all and it can appeal to different moods and personalities depending on their interests. It appeals to me in different ways almost daily. There is always something new to try and something old that can’t be skipped. It’s a hard place to really understand just by visiting because there’s a neighborhood for everyone. I’ve learned that visitors have high expectations and it can be a rough experience if they aren’t honest about what they really want to see and do. The things I love may not be right for even my best friend. It’s also too big to do everything in a week. I also feel like LA reveals herself on her own time to people who really want to like it. The best times I’ve ever had in this city have been spontaneous and the worst have been overly planned. A person who visits and has already decided it isn’t for them is going to find confirmation of that. She lets you be who you are, even if you’re a hater. She is her own kind of beautiful in that way. .
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I definitely have to give a shout out to my childhood friend, Janelle Deschino for keeping me grounded. With my head in the clouds most of the time, she calls me out when I’m floating too high and I trust her because we’ve known each other since before I have memories. She also has the most tender heart and nurtures in a way that is unnatural to me. We live on opposite coasts but we use the Marco Polo app to communicate every day.