Name: Stephanie Nesmith
Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry:
10 years as a Salon Assistant, Spa Concierge and MUA
Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advise):
The best advice I have received was from a variety of sources in this industry. That advice was that “perception is everything.” I am a very introverted person by nature, in the past, I was perceived in a way that inhibited my professional reputation. I learned from this feedback that taking the extra steps to speaking to, smiling, and connecting with all people allows a connection that is required to be successful. They seem like simple things but they make all the difference.
How did you choose a career in the Wellness industry?
I was always interested in beauty and fashion. At first it was just a hobby, then I realized that it gave me the opportunity to create and build avenues for self-expression.
Greatest reward of doing the work?
It has given me the platform to take initiative. It has shown me I can do anything I want. It increased my confidence. My happiness is more than a paycheck but my passion gave me an opportunity to express myself while making a living.
Top two things you wish or would like to change in the industry?
First I would change the perception of the beauty industry, specifically the questioning of the validity of a career choice in beauty and wellness. The public doesn’t seem to take us seriously, or minimizes it as merely superficial and not a prosperous career choice. Also, I would like to see the opportunities increase for job direction. At the moment is seems like the diversity of options is limited.
Who is your Mentor and why?
My mother is my mentor. She has been the biggest influence in my life. I really appreciate that she has always treated me as an individual not as her daughter. She is a successful executive and she has never “cut me a slack” just because she is my mother. My independence was born out of her effort to teach me to be self-sufficient. She instilled in me the value of earning something versus being given something. She taught me how to use my tools and guides me as my skills develop.