We had the good fortune of connecting with Andria Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andria, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
The end goal is to be a cosmetic chemist for women in the beauty industry. It sounds absurd, I know! I graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry. Simultaneously, while working on my undergraduate studies, I decided to go to nail school and obtain my nail technician license. Now that my first business is up and running, I’ll be starting graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Cosmetic Science. My desire is to own two businesses, The first, a full service beauty salon/boutique under my current brand. The second, own a laboratory that formulates skin care, hair care, and nail care products for other business owners in the beauty industry.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The most challenging part of my life was being pregnant while simultaneously working, attending nail school, and finishing my degree at Clemson. After giving birth to my son, my next challenge to overcome was building a business from the ground up and still being a full-time new mother. Finally, taking a leap of faith and moving to Atlanta was frightening. At that point, I was having to juggle being a mom, maintaining a household, and still trying to gain new clientele while finding balance. Today, I’m grateful for the willpower and strength that God’s given me to overcome every obstacle that I’ve encountered throughout this journey.
I’ve learned that growth does not happen without experiencing growing pains and that goes for every aspect of anyone’s life. Some days will be better than others, but there’s still beauty in the ones that aren’t so pleasant. There’s a lesson in everything that we do and experience.
I want the world to know that anything is possible, nothing on Earth is intangible if you’re willing to put in the work, not everyone will understand your vision, and that slow and steady always wins the race.
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?
Well, I have only been in Atlanta for a little over one year. I haven’t done much exploring but so far I’ve enjoyed Sweetwater Brewing Company, Blue Cantina (Camp Creek), Illuminarium, Suite Food Lounge, and the Georgia Aquarium.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My little one deserves so much credit! My son is 2 years old and he’s been my biggest motivation. Even on my toughest days, the unconditional love that he gives helps me push through.