We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessie Yarborough and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
The only reason I have a career is because I took risks, and continue to do so. I think risks are the best and most important adventure you could endeavor. I packed two bags and took a one way ticket to LA from North Carolina with no money and just hope. I reached out to anyone and would work for anyone who would give me a chance, and said yes to jobs that I didn’t know if I actually could do what they needed, but knew I could figure it out. I think the only way to accomplish big things is taking risks and making your own path. If I would’ve followed what I was told to do, and not taken the risk, I would not be doing what I love.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work consists of men’s grooming, makeup artistry, and sometimes hair styling. For the most part I stay busy doing all three of those working with my personal clients on their music videos and photo shoots. I also work in production on tv shows, and commercials.
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 favorite part of California is the beaches. A sunset in Malibu is always a must on a trip. I would also take them to a few of my favorite hikes including Western Canyon- back trail and Temescal Canyon. I love bringing people to the more local LA hangouts rather than the Instagram tourist places. El Tejano, Tekila, Sugarfish,Rubies and Diamonds, and republic of pie are some of my favorites. When live shows are back, I love bringing my friends to local dive bars and seeing my friends perform, or comedy shows with up and coming acts. LA is full of so much diversity and creativity and when my friends from my small North Carolina town come in I want to show them every piece of it. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I will always and forever dedicate my story to my mom. She was the one who believed in me before anyone else. She let me take my crazy dream and run with it. Almost everyone else tried to talk me out of it except her. In highschool I decided I wanted to do the cosmetology program as an elective, but the school was an hour away and the bus from my school didn’t go to the tech school, and I couldn’t drive. So everyday my mom picked me up and drove me to and from my school to my cosmetology school. She spent almost three hours in the car everyday for a year on top of working to make I could get started on accomplishing my goals. She was my rock, she let me jump and soar.