We had the good fortune of connecting with Vántha Somm and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vántha, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success is service. Giving exceptional service is everything! My passion to want to help people have better skin or learn how to apply makeup is what drives me to continue to give great service. It may sound superficial but to hear a client tell me “I haven’t felt this beautiful in years after becoming a mom” brings me so much joy. It lets me know that I’m in the right service. It isn’t the only factor to success but it’s a key component. If your service brings you joy and a steady income, you’ll be successful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a self taught artist turned professional makeup artist and now licensed esthetician, it is easy to get discouraged because it is such a saturated market. with access to social media, it’s easy for people to compare or criticize your work. You have to be ready for it or have thick skin and know who you are or else you will give up. The hardest thing I had to overcome was my lack of confidence. I struggled with that in the beginning because I was always afraid of being judged. But, with age and wisdom, I was confident in my style and found my niche. I like to promote natural beauty first and specialize in natural soft glam makeup. What sets me a part is my knowledge of skin & color and my strong business background. It was not an easy journey and I encountered many setbacks but, they turned out to be blessings in disguise. It’s not easy starting your own business because you will have rainy days, weeks and months. I had to keep my eyes on the prize and focus on the bigger picture. It’s also very helpful to have a strong support group to pick you up when you’re at a low. My tips to anyone wanting to start a small business: be passionate in your service, have reserves, be an expert or at least confident in your line of work, be open to learn and grow. I’m always inspired and im constantly thinking of ways to improve. Greatness is never settling.
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.
It will definitely be a week long trip of eating! We would start out with an early hike at the Hollywood sign and then have lunch at Ruen Pair in Thai town. Hands down the best Thai papaya salad with blue crab! Later we stop by Motto Tea Cafe for some yummy Mango matcha tea and fluffy pancakes. Freshen up and finish the evening with a concert at the Greek Theatre. We would definitely check out the observatory and picnic while watching the sunset or counting stars. A night of drinking and watching burlesque dancers at Pour Vous is a must with a late night LA dirty dog! I feel like the most fun Usually happens when you’re spontaneous with a full tank of gas! Take a drive to Malibu and then head south to Long Beach and have the best French toast at Starling Diner! Head further south to Newport Beach and try a jalapeño ham and cheese croissant from Seaside bakery or get sugar wasted at the Paderia Bakehouse! Reservations at Kakurega is must if visiting Costa Mesa. So many places to check out! Are you full yet or should I keep going?
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many that have contributed to my success and supported me from day one when I took this risk of becoming a small business owner. The 3 women are Julie Cervantes, recent retired US Army MSG and my best friend. My sister, my financial mentor. My friend Ratha, a director for the Boys & Girls Club. And lastly, The Landmark Forum is what pushed me to take this risk. It was a powerful class/seminar and I highly recommend it.
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