We had the good fortune of connecting with Lesley Reyes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lesley, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I am a hard worker and everywhere I have worked, I give it my all and I always wanted everything to meet the expectation of what was expected by my bosses, but then I realized I was providing all of this for others and needed to channel all that time, energy, and ideas into myself and what I wanted to do. I got a part time bartending job to keep afloat while I prepared my makeup business and pushed through the first few years while I was starting to get established. It’s very hard work and some days I still doubt why I did it because it’s just you, to do everything. but I never regret it in the end. I get to do what I love and make a living from it and that doesn’t match a price.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a makeup artist and do all things beauty. I love what I do and that I’m able to work in something that I love. I feel very fortunate to be able to provide beauty services for someone and the feeling they get when they feel their best. I love building relationships with my clients and most will be long time friends. Being in the beauty industry is very demanding, long hours, competitive, and ever evolving. It doesn’t sleep and before you’ve mastered 1 new skill another one is out that you need to learn. While that may seem excessive to others, it’s what keeps me on my toes and fuels my adrenaline. We must work to stay relevant and that’s my motivation.
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?
Monday- grab breakfast at Republique then head to Malibu,chill and eat at Malibu Seafood, hit up Korean BBQ at Baekjeong for late night dinner Tuesday- grab coffee and a concha from La Monarca, head over to Burbank for all the makeup stores, grab some Thai food for lunch, eat an Animal for dinner Wednesday grab a snack at grand Central Market for breakfast and head over to China town to get in line for Howlin Rays, visit plazita Olvera, catch a function at the Hollywood bowl, then hit up Good times at Dave’s Wayne’s for some drinks finish with some ice cream from Afters Thursday – hike up to the Wisdom Tree, visit the Getty Museum, head over to Urban lights for some photos, grab some Ramen in Little Tokyo and grab some beers in the arts district Friday -head to Melrose for brunch and some shopping, end up at the grove and grab a snack at the farmers market and head up to the top floor of the parking lot for an amazing view, stroll through Beverly Hills, eat dinner at gracias madre, then finish at the Abby!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, I love you for letting me follow my dream path and never questioned it. Through not bringing in money and never being home because I was trying to do 30 things at once, you never doubted my efforts! Koji Toyoda, my former boss. He gave me motivation and courage to get out there and find my own success even though he knew that meant eventually leaving him. I will always tie my success in LA to him. He took me under his wing when I came with no concrete experience and he believed in me.