We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Chue and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sarah, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
I believe in order to get to where you want to be, you have to be in control, great control of yourself, and be active to all that you are doing to contribute to that success. With that being said, I think the most important decision for me was deciding to move away from my hometown, Detroit to LA. I feel no matter how talented you are, many of times you have to go to where the catapult is to launch you there. You can’t make lemonade without the lemons so you have to go get it. With my being in the beauty industry, I knew that LA was the mecca of it, that or New York. But no more cold weather for me, so sunny LA it was!

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.
Things did not happen over night, but I feel with faith, persistence, and a clear vision, anything is possible! The path won’t be perfect, in fact, that is what makes it perfect. You will encounter obstacles, face challenges, make wrong choices, and you will learn those lessons in the best way – through experience. I am a traveling, freelance Nail Artist based in LA where I set out to do Manicures for photoshoots, film sets, events, house calls, etc. It took about 9 years working in a salon prior in becoming my own boss as a freelancer. I offer pretty much everything Nail related, from natural nail care to artificial sets to nail art! With 14 years under my belt and going, there’s still so much to be accomplished, more room to grow into and evolve from. With that being said, being able to be recognized in what feels like a mid journey here in my career is very humbling =). Through my experience, I feel like one of the many important things to possess is a positive attitude and great communication and understanding between your clients and other work peers. Then inwardly speaking, to have a strong sense of self is important because when things might go left, you’ve got this solid foundation that you’ve built within yourself to lean on and to always source from. I want the world to know that whatever you put your mind to, you can truly achieve it!

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?
We are absolutely staying away from the touristy areas like the typical Hollywood Stars! Not considering their opinion, I’d take them on a hike early in the morning to the Los Leones in the Pacific Palisades. It’s not too long or hard, and up top, you get this gorgeous view of the Ocean and coastline of Santa Monica/Venice. Thereafter, grab a late morning breakfast/lunch, at Blu Jam Cafe, or Cici’s Cafe. Or if there are any seasonal activities around like food festivals, food trucks (row dtla), i’d go there. Hit the Rose Bowl flea market, but you’d have to be pretty lucky as it’s only around the second Sunday or every month. If not, Maybe hang around the Beach area, show them around Santa Monica, walk around, beach around, maybe rent some bikes and ride to Venice and back, just plain ol’ hang out! For a late lunch, maybe grab some of my favorite Ramen since we’re in the area, Ramenya in the Sawtelle area. Dinner options for the night and drinks – Gracias Madre, Jon and Vinnys, Joeys DTLA. Can’t forget other cool hikes: Grotto Trail – Malibu Wisdom Tree – Hollywood Runyon – Hollywood Chantry Flat – Arcadia

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to “The Alchemist”, a novel written by Paulo Coelho! Throughout my beginning journeys in trying to find my rhythm in my career, I stumbled upon this book that kept coming up at that time, then something told me I had to read it. It’s a fictional story of a boy’s journey to find his legend with many parallels and lessons to real life. It made me view the world in a different perspective after finishing it, and it gave me pure faith that no matter what, high or low, that everything was going to be okay. I highly recommend the read =).

Website: www.sarahchue.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chuenails
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Image Credits
@benjoarwas @chewchewtrain @renegades_ @ericmichaelroy @lenkaulrichovaphoto @hollerkat @noelnicholsmua @marinamigliaccio @opi

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