Name: Marie Burget-Bautista
Years in the Wellness/Beauty Industry:
Seven years in the industry as a Licensed Esthetician, Manager and Industry Leader.
Most Memorable Tip (monetary, gift or advice):
The best tip I received was in the form of advice. It was "there's always tomorrow.” Our industry is not life or death. Although, we do have deadlines and a sense of obligations, it's not the end of the world if everything doesn't get done in a single day.
How did you choose a career in the Wellness industry?
I chose a career in this industry because my sister had a passion for it. We were both in college. She was also in Cosmetology school and had decided to open spa/salon. She said she needed someone to do the spa and skincare part. It sounded really interesting. So I went to esthetics school after college and actually fell in love with it.
Greatest reward of doing the work?
Truthfully my life revolves around it. My siblings and I are all in this industry and it has given us another way to connect. For us to be able to connect our mutual passion adds an additional layer connection with my family. It’s life changing.
Top two things you wish or would like to change in the industry?
Two things I want to change about the industry are: First of all, bring awareness to the public on how much talent is in our industry. I'd like to get rid of the stigma of the limitations of who we are and what we're capable of. I think we can do this by projecting a more professional image of ourselves with clients. Also ask our leaders to hold their teams to higher standard. Secondly, I would encourage more self-awareness for the people coming into this industry. This industry should be embraced for the right reasons. Not for those who think they want to make a quick buck. Also there can be disconnection between those who are hands-on skills vs. those who don't perform services. Everyone needs to give thought to why they chose this career path. It is more than just a paycheck.
Who is your Mentor and why?
I have several mentors. Two of my previous managers were both strong women. They taught me to be strong- personally and professionally. They showed me it is possible to conquer whatever comes our way. Also my parents really shaped who I am. They were always my cheerleader at my lowest lows and my highest highs. They also allowed me to fail so that I can enjoy success later in life.