We had the good fortune of connecting with Janice Oh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janice, why did you pursue a creative career?
It was June of 2019. My co-worker at the time, who is now a very close friend of mine, had suggested for me to take on an intensive 3 day Microblading course with her, as we were both burnt out working as servers at a Seafood restaurant. At first I said no, and told her this is something I am not at all capable of, because I never would have imagined that I would be running my own business. But she asked me a few more times because she knew I felt stuck where I was and needed to figure out what field I wanted to get into, so I took a leap of faith and signed up. Signing up was a huge step for me because I have always had a fixed mindset, and stuck with what I knew and what I was good at, so taking on a huge change like this has really helped shape me into the person I am today. I am so grateful to be able to have this creative career where not only can I show my skills and craft, but build genuine relationships with my clients and people who work in this industry.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started working in the industry around 2019 and paid for the class and all start-up materials on 2 different credit cards. I took a leap of faith to start this business because I have always been the type to have a fixed mindset, and stick to what I was comfortable with and what I knew I was good at. However, over the years, I have learned that feeling scared or uncomfortable is actually a good sign because it shows that there is room for growth. After changing my mindset, it has really helped me overcome issues I have had in the past with constantly comparing myself to others and trying so hard to fit in with trends when I should be sticking to what I like and what my style is. I’ve also learned that I can’t please everyone and that I just need to remain focused on myself and my small wins.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It would definitely have to be some type of show. My friends and I love music and there’s always a show happening here. If not a show, there will always be a good restaurant. My friends and I love asian food and there are many staples in OC like, OC & Lau, Mokkoji, ROL sushi, Shinobu Japanese BBQ, just to name a few.
OC is definitely known for boba spots too, so definitely check out some of these spots: Sunright Tea Studio, KRAK, Presto Tea, Boba pop.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The first person I would like to shout out is my aunt. My aunt is the first person to offer to help me pay the deposit for the brow course. She did it without hesitation and said “I believe in you”. She even made an IG page just to like my pictures.
Second person I would like to shout out is my really good friend, Linda Oh. She is the reason why I decided to take the leap into this industry. There’s been many nights where I have nearly cried to her because I didn’t think I would ever succeed in this field, but she reassured me on those days I felt like giving up that I shouldn’t, and to keep going.
Last but certainly not least, I would love to shout out Caroline Lam, owner of Arch To End. When COVID first hit, I had no studio to work out of and was in desperate need of a space to work. Caroline took me into her studio and rented me my own room for a very affordable cost which was extremely helpful for me because this was right when COVID hit. She started off as my landlord and soon became my lip blush trainer. She had mentored me for about 2 years since that and I cannot thank her enough for helping me improve my technique and grow, not only as an artist but as a person. Even though I no longer work with her, I deeply respect her as an artist and want her to know that I would not be the person I am today without her guidance.