We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessie Perazzo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
If it’s on your mind – take the risk. Taking risks will elevate you to the next level whether you are ready for it or not. There have been many times, both in my personal life and my career, that I have felt unsure of what the outcome would be, unsure of who would approve or if anyone would stand next to me in the next chapter. I’ve had so many sleepless nights stressing over whether or not I should jump into the next chapter of my life. Will I have enough money to do this? Will my peers approve of this? Will my team stay with me through this? You have to throw all those questions out the window and just jump! My absolute greatest rewards have been on the other side of the risks I’ve taken. I would not be where I am today if I never took any risks and now I don’t even question – I just jump! Things will always work out as long as you put in the work and make the sacrifices needed. Take the risk or lose the chance.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Am I a hairdresser or a life coach? As a professional in the beauty industry you are signing up for much more than just playing with hair. You are committing yourself to bringing out the best in people – through hair color, styling, contour, lashes… but most importantly through their inner confidence. My favorite days in the salon are when my colleague Joy and I, have a complete makeover client – someone that’s just gone through a breakup or big life change and wants to feel beautiful again. We spend a few hours with them – new hair, fresh makeup, taking photos on our rooftop, and spend that time really reminding them of how beautiful they are. They don’t teach you this in beauty school. They don’t teach you that clients will look to you for not only the latest trends in beauty and fashion, but advice on their marriages, parenting, and every thing in between. Over the years, I’ve carried a lot of people’s energy home with me and I would go home feeling completely drained some days. When I learned that God and the universe are working through me to bring light and confidence to people’s lives, it no longer felt like a job but more of a calling!
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?
I definitely have my go-to spots in the city. I love getting up early to make the most of the day and because there is just so much to see and do here. I’m going pre-COVID here – starting with an early morning trip to the Santee Alleys. Love bringing visitors here because they can find absolutely everything they see on TikTok – for dirt cheap. Grab a bacon wrapped hotdog and walk up and down the alleys bargaining. If it’s a Sunday, we’re definitely checking out the Melrose Trading Post. So much to see here, from vintage clothing and furniture, to the coolest art work you’ve ever come across. While on Melrose I always have to pop in Sorella – one of my favorite clothing stores, and Banned LA – definitely the dopest shoe spot for the sneaker heads. On the weekends we can be found on the rooftop of EP & LP or their newly opened Las Palmas restaurant. In the evening when clubs our open, the best spot to dance and catch a vibe is Le Jardin hands down – great people, great music, great atmosphere, all outdoors. They recently welcomed La Mesa – a Tulum inspired dining experience – that will have you feeling like you are on vacation. We would stay at the Hoxton hotel – this is a hidden gem with the absolute best hotel staff. They have the cutest rooftop pool to lounge at during the day and you can order the tastiest, cutest HoneyBear drink from their rooftop restaurant (Pilot), straight to the pool or sit down for dinner. We’d definitely check out a Dodger game if the season was right, nothing like being at the game and cracking open peanuts while chugging a $12 beer. Beach day is a must – I prefer the South Bay. In Manhattan you can walk to the end of the pier and check out the roundhouse aquarium, eat at Tacolicious for the best variety of tacos and margaritas, Nando for killer Italian food, or Pitfire Pizza for something more casual – and follow up with dessert from Manhattan Beach Creamery or Gelato & Angels. Redondo Beach is just as exciting – walking the pier and stopping in at all the bars for great music and yummy drinks. Tony’s on the pier is a staple and R10 has really made a name for itself. At this point I’m wishing the friend was staying more than a week – I have so many more places to see! 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 my laaaadies! (Missy voice) The unconditional love and support from my Mom, the constant encouragement and kind notes from my sweet daughter, the mentorship of my sister and nieces, the love and encouragement of my best friends – I’ve got an endless list detailing how the women in my life have played such a huge role in my success today. In my last interview with Voyage I talked a lot about the loss of the men in our life, and how that loss catapulted me to the start of my business ventures – but I wouldn’t have a leg to stand on without the women in my life. I am so thankful to be surrounded by so many strong, smart, motivated ladies that support my biggest dreams and push me to be the best version of myself! One thing about me, I’m gonna always quote a song so – “Where my girls at? From the front to back..”