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

Hi Arlene, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success is my determination, and my desire to never settle, to always know that God has more for me and greater for me. I feel that it’s an insult to God to live a defeated life. We were born to do great things in this lifetime and I have made it my life’s goal to wake up everyday and be great on purpose.

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.
My hair artistry is very diverse. From hair cutting to avant guard to your classic period hair styling. I knew I wanted to know and do everything concerning hair so I sought to learn everything that I could about all the aspects of hair. I learned it all and I am continually learning more everyday. I am where I am today because I never gave up. I kept knocking down doors, I kept pushing the bar higher, I kept climbing the mountains in spite of the obstacles that were in my way. I learned that in this life no one is going to hand you anything, you have to go out a get what you want and not settle until you have it. I want the world to know that at the end of my life and career, when it’s all said and done, that I made a positive impact in others lives, that I was a world changer, that I left my mark, that I truly left impressions that can never be erased on the hearts and minds of those that I have come in contact with. Those are the things that are most important to me.

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?
I would take them to sushi a restaraunt. Jazz is my favorite so I would definitely take them there. Sight seeing is the best so I would take them to a lot of the markets here as well as the Georgia Aquarium, Coca Cola, High Museum. I’m all about history so I would take them on Auburn Ave. to see Dr. Kings home and learn more about African American history and the African American History Museum.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would have to say that it was a collection of women in my life who spoke seeds of greatness into me from an early age and even now. I am truly blessed to have so many beautiful queens that water my spirit to help me become the person that I am today. If had to mention one it would be my mother who taught me at an early age that I could be and become anything that I wanted to. Those seeds ignited the flames Of greatness that you see today.

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