We had the good fortune of connecting with Simona Vega and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Simona, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I moved to Los Angeles in 2012, I was looking for a job. But, I didn’t just want any old job I was seeking my passion. After owning a restaurant in Germany and working in the Hotel business for many years I wasn’t going to go back to that life, I wanted to be creative! My husband works in the Movie industry I thought “How can we work together in the future?” well, I always wanted to work in the beauty industry so I applied and was accepted into the Master Class at the Cinema makeup school. Shortly after graduation however, I became pregnant and realized that doing makeup on film and television sets wasn’t going to work out. Having the dream of becoming a mother fulfilled immediately consumed all of my focus. There was time for painting faces later, right? Fast forward about 2 years and I am scrolling along on Instagram and I saw some pictures of girls getting spray tanned. They looked so good, so happy. I decided this might just be my path. I wanted to be a part of empowering women, to make them glow with confidence (and a great tan of course!). I started my research and became certified. I did my first Spray tan in 2016. I kept it strictly as a side job primarily because I wanted be with my daughter as much as I could. Gradually I started to build my Instagram portfolio and wound up doing a lot of collaborations. Over time it became more prominent in my life. That is when I decided to go pro and established Instaglam@Tan LLC.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It was definitely not easy at the beginning. Trying to grow my business while raising my daughter was very challenging. That coupled with my husbands busy production schedule made finding time to learn, grow and actually do the work an uphill battle. One that, in my industry is met with droves of competition. What I learned along the way is that the most important commodity we have are relationships. When I first started I would reach out to people that looked like souls that I would enjoy working with. I reached out and offered a complimentary session in return for promoting my work via social media. Sometimes this worked out and other times it did not however I learned early on that honoring my word and going that extra mile is critical and I am proud of the celebrity influencer clientele I work with today. It takes time to build but consistency is the key. Even still, there are times, like any endeavor, where it becomes overwhelming and it is in these particular moments that I have to remember the “WHY” I do what I do. I see airbrush tanning as a form of art in positively enhancing the way people feel when they look at themselves. Being a part of that smile and confidence my clients have after leaving a session continually rewards my heart with satisfaction and joy.
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?
When my family comes to visit from Europe I defiantly have some favorite spots I like to bring them. There are the staples of Santa Monica beach and promenade, Venice Beach (so much fun) Malibu, Paradise Cove is my favorite spot. I like to rent one of the beds on the beach and have wine and food served to me all day as a special treat. Of course, Muscle Beach and the Santa Monica Pier are also favorites. To relax/unwind and reconnect I absolutely love a hike through Temescal Canyon or perhaps a meditative session at the SRF Lake Shrine. My favorite restaurants are Wallys in SM, Urth Cafe, True Food Kitchen, Nobu in Malibu Recently I just discovered hidden restaurant in Topanga called Inn Seventh ray
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would definitely like to thank the creator of mobile Spray tans, Jimmy Coco, who is my mentor and my inspiration. He motivates me to challenge myself and has taught me more than any other about this Industry and how to be successful in it. I would also give a shout out to my husband Mikal Vega for always supporting me, being my best friend and having my back since the beginning.