We had the good fortune of connecting with Tylah Sui and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tylah, how do you think about risk?
In terms of risk-taking, transitioning into my career as an Esthetician was my biggest life risk. My entire life skincare and beauty have always been a part of who I am, but I never saw it as a possibility for a career. After completing my bachelors degree, I refused to apply to the master’s program at my school, knowing I would be accepted, but I couldn’t imagine another year there. It was not the path I wanted to take, but I unwillingly applied to several master’s programs for Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and was rejected from every school and rightfully so. I graduated with my Bachelors in SLP in spring 2018 and returned home to Brooklyn working various office jobs feeling unfulfilled and overworked. Yet I always found solace in self-care, beauty, and an overall natural lifestyle. Fear is what always allowed me to reject the idea of turning my passion into a career but I decided it was time to take a new path in life. I enrolled in a part-time Esthetician program while working my 9-5. I refused to take out another loan and chose to pay the tuition out of pocket. As soon as I was set to start school COVID hit and I went to school for one day and continued work and classes online. Luckily, I did not lose my job, but hours were cut, paying out of pocket became a strain but I never regretted my decision to take the risk. Although I was working from home, my job made me miserable and drained me emotionally. I woke up one November morning and decided it would be my last day. I had a decent savings and I had been taking a few clients while I was at home. I decided I could finish paying off school with my savings and side income. I wouldn’t allow this job to take anything more from me. In January I graduated on time and made my last payment. My business initially launched with selling skincare products and taking clients as an esthetician. Throughout this journey one theme that stuck with me is that no matter your fears you are in control of your destiny and despite challenges to never let the fear of an undetermined outcome influence your choice!
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.
TyBar is a representation of myself and my passions, most importantly it is me never giving up! The biggest challenge I had to overcome was trusting myself every step of the way, as I solely developed the brand and the company. However, this venture has assisted with building my confidence and reducing my indecisiveness. One major lesson that I haven’t mastered is that success isn’t linear. It takes trusting yourself despite mishaps along the journey and maintaining a positive momentum. The majority of the efforts put into TyBar came naturally, but the challenges faced brought about effort and drive I didn’t initially realize I had in me. The legal and accounting aspects of my business were challenging as well however, understanding these parts of the business were critical. As TyBar continues to grow it is essential that I understand both aspects, not making decisions blindly or without my input.
TyBar represents more than just a natural and organic brand. I am hopeful that using my products would be an addition to or the beginning of a healthier lifestyle, whatever that looks like for my customers. Many people, including myself, confuse the desire to be healthy with the intent to live the longest life possible, however, the goal should be providing yourself with the highest quality of life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Monday Sojo Spa Club
Dinner at Cecconi’s
Breakfast at Tom’s
Walk to the city over the Brooklyn Bridge, A Stop in Chinatown for Fried Dumplings
Dinner at Peaches in Bed-Stuy
Shopping in Soho
Dinner at STK
My Famous French Toast Breakfast
A day in Prospect Park with a picnic, books, music, painting, and wine.
V-Spot for Drinks & Food
Lunch at Vincent’s Clam Bar
RH Rooftop for Dinner
If my best friend was visiting, our first day together would be spent at the spa unwinding, getting facials and massages, and enjoying the various amenities. Dinner on the water marks the end of a perfect day at Cecconi’s in Dumbo and we’d close the night with a walk along the water. Our day of adventure starts early Tuesday morning with breakfast at Tom’s, the pancakes are amazing, and then a short walk over to the Brooklyn Art Museum followed by scenic walks through Brooklyn. We continue with a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge then a stop in Chinatown to enjoy the Asian delicacies. Our night would end in Brooklyn with dinner at Peaches.
On Wednesday we start our day with a visit to the MOMA and continue with exploration throughout NYC. A dinner at STK in Midtown ends our night. On Thursday we stay close to home and start with my delicious homemade breakfast of french toast and side of choice followed by a day in Prospect Park enjoying nature and the weather. Ending the night at a local lounge with drinks, snacks and entertainment. On our last day together we would head over to Long Island to visit one of my favorites and what I consider one of the best Italian restaurants, Vincent’s Clam Bar and peruse some local shops.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am blessed to have a family who continuously supports me through my ventures. From the start of my esthetician career, my family and friends have continuously purchased products and made appointments for facials. Without their ongoing support I imagine my journey would be significantly different. The ability to have a group of loved ones who are not only willing to support, but are excited to test new products and services, and provide business advice and feedback is significantly beneficial. I would also like to attest a small part of my growth to Numerology, a new form of spirituality which helps me to gain a better balance of my place in the world.
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