We had the good fortune of connecting with Reanne Kelly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Reanne, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
I think people think it’s all fun and facials, but it is not only a job you have to hustle at to be successful in, you also have people’s confidence and skin in your hands. To help someone feel confident enough to not need makeup or clear up someone’s acne, that’s an important job! Especially in a world of filters and photoshop.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It definitely has not been an easy road. Most esthetics school graduates don’t make it past the first couple years. I’ve been hired, fired, let go, had to move back in with my parents at one point, been on unemployment for over 6 months, beaten down, been bullied, questioned my worth/skills and thought about changing careers. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything, I’m where I am today because of those experiences. Not only did it teach me something but in between those moments were growth and learning. I’ve been lucky to have been trained and worked with amazing estheticians and companies, who shared their knowledge with me and supported me. None of that would have happened without any of those jobs. I look back and I see each one was truly a stepping stone to something better, even if I couldn’t see it at the time. Now I have my own business, can work or not work when I want, set my own hours, work 4 days a week, see 4-6ish clients a day and making more money than I ever have. More importantly I hope to cultivate a business that can provide that experience for other estheticians, so they don’t have to go thru the crap I went through.
A lot of my success has also come from instagram and creating a supportive and educational environment for other estys, skincare lovers and people in the industry. When I started my IG, many years ago, there was a void of real education on skin and skincare. I wanted to get that out there in an easy to understand and science backed way. There are now so many amazing accounts supporting other estys and educating on skincare. People in our industry are seeing estheticians in a different way and realizing how important we are, not just people who rub lotion on peoples faces. We’re smart, we hustle, we are constantly educating ourselves and we’ve earned our seat at the table. That’s the legacy I hope to leave on the industry!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Gosh that’s a hard one, Seattle has so many great options! Definitely do Pike Place Market and see the flying fish, Space Needle, Seafood dinner on the waterfront, visit the bubblegum wall or the Fremont Troll, and do the underground Seattle tour. Doing a weekend in Woodinville and do wine tours/tastings, take the ferry over the the San Juan Islands and whale watch, visit Snoqualmie Falls (maybe stay at the Salish). Going to Capitol Hill and do some partying, definitely getting some unicorn jizz at The Unicorn Bar (I know sounds awful but it’s delicious)! As far as eats my favorite Mexican restaurants are Fonda la Catrina, Pesos, Poquitos and El Borracho. The Pink Door is a must for Italian and a burlesque show! For seafood, Salty’s, El Gauchos, Anthony’s on pier 66, and Palisades.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Gosh, there are so many people that have helped get me to where I am! The biggest one would probably be my friend Josh Davis, aka @toxjosh, he’s the reason I went out on my own, gave me startup money and the reason I have a business at all!
Secondly my community of Esthetician friends on IG. They have been there for me, supported me, held my hand and shared their advice and experiences! Some of the first people to take me under their wings and support me were Ashley Curtis (@agelessashley), Celeste Rodrigues (@celesterodriguesskincare), Brittany Del Toro (@britt_deltoro), Crystal Koro (@crystal_clear_skin_and_beauty) and Candace Marino (@thelafacialist)! We have been thru ups and downs together and watched each other grow on IG. I am forever grateful for their love, support and advice/insights they have given me! I don’t think I’d be here without that. I’m lucky that I’ve had literally too many people to name help me, but they know who they are, and they have all helped in different ways!
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