We had the good fortune of connecting with Breanna Hyacinthe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Breanna, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Growing up as a little girl I never liked getting my hair done, but I was always told “beauty is pain.” I remember sitting in my aunt shop watching her and the other stylist do hair, thinking to myself this is what I want to do. Being a cosmetologist is something I’ve had a passion for since I was a kid. As I got older I found an interest in makeup, which is something that allows me to apply my creativity skills while also enjoying what I love to do best. I remember the first time I dabbled in makeup at the age of 15. I was home alone and decided to fill in my brows with my mother’s eye pencil, of course I had no clue what I was doing. My brows were way too dark and I had on the brightest pink lipstick (Yes! I was going through my lipstick phase) but at the moment I realized how happy and intrigued I was. By the age of 16 I started taking makeup more seriously, especially since all the girls at my school would have their makeup beat to the gods! and then there was me, the girl who thought she was killing the game but had the slightest clue. Unfortunately after a few months of doing my makeup every morning before school, my face started to breakout from improper use and application. YouTube became my new best friend. I would binge watch all types of makeup videos everyday, I was eager to learn and know everything there was to know on doing a face properly. I took notes, started investing in all the makeup products and tools that I needed, I would be in the mirror practicing everyday and now my work speaks for itself. One of the greatest things I’ve ever done was open myself up to a hidden talent I never knew I had the whole time. Now don’t get me wrong my hands have always been my greatest asset. Around the age of 15 I’d also started sketching (anime, mickey mouse, tinker bell etc.) It was something I kind of just grasped on during boredom, all I needed was a sketch in front of me and I would duplicate it. I guess you can see I’ve always had a soft spot for the artistic world. If I wasn’t applying makeup, I was sketching, baking or writing.Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe what sets me apart from others is my character and mind, meaning I go through life wanting the best for everybody rather I know them or not. I love to see people doing the things that they love and living life to its fullest potential. To me life is all about growth, love, lessons and knowledge. I always say we gain knowledge from every environment and walks of life we are put on. I’ve learned so much from others personal experience, my own mistakes and life lessons but in the end I always walk away with more wisdom then I had walking into the situation. One of the things I am most proud of is graduating from beauty school and receiving my license, some days were challenging, ten months of dedication, learning and pushing myself on the days I needed it the most, The road hasn’t been easy, there’s been times I questioned my talent because of how fast someone else success was taking off, the lack of support I was receiving and that stagnant feeling but what got me through it was being patient, focusing on my own self growth and keeping faith. If there’s anything I learned throughout this journey is let life flow, don’t stress, stay consistent and watch the doors start opening up! Right now I’m currently in the medical field practicing patient care while also taking on makeup and hair clients. Superhero during the day, makeup transformer by night. For those of you reading, my message to you is keep going and don’t give up because in the end it’s all worth it. This may be your first time hearing about me but it definitely won’t be the last.Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Atlanta has so many amazing places and things to do. I’ll give a few insights and opinions on some of my favorite places to go. One of my favorite places I would take someone who’s new or just visiting Atlanta is Yojay’s Yogurt Treats. They have a variety of flavors and toppings, the atmosphere is friendly and their frozen yogurt is literally amazing. For the seafood lovers like myself I would recommend Juicy Crab because they have the best seafood hands down! in my opinion lol. My second favorite place I would take them to is Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill because their food is authentic, hearty and affordable. If they’re down for a good time we’ll end the night somewhere I always have a ball at, Pyramid lounge. Their drinks are strong as hell, two of those and you’re pretty much set, the music always going crazy and the pricing is amazing! I love arcade games, air hockey and feeling like a kid again so I’d take them to play games at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games or Main Event, both are fun places so neither will disappoint. On a Saturday we might head on over to Cascade, where we will spend a few hours laughing, talking, and skating around to the sound of the music. Lastly, Studio Movie Grill would be the last place we go to for a relaxing setting. At the push of a button you place your order with a worker and they provide your food and beverages before and during the show so you never have to leave your chair unless it’s a bathroom break. Oh and I would definitely recommend their chicken nachos omg, delicious!The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shoutout to all the people who have supported and pushed me in some way shape or form, starting with Ms. Sophia Holsey for her mentorship. As you go through life you meet people that leave an imprint, they see the potential in you/impact your life somehow and this lady is one of them. She started as my hairstylist but she was more than just that, every time I sat in her chair she would always ask how school was going, when I graduated she would ask “Are you working ? What’s up with hair school ? Stop playing and get to it.” She offered me many job opportunities after graduation including one at her shop, at this point we had only known each other for a little over a year but here this woman was who believed in me so much. Her humbleness will never go unnoticed to me, I am inspired to leave an impact like this on someone’s life one day so thank you Ms. Sophia. Shout out to Empire Beauty School for teaching me the different aspects of the beauty industry, from book learning, hands-on training, interacting with many people and business. Thank you to my family and friends who always believe in me, encourages me and pushes me beyond my limits. Special shoutout to my good friend Erica for always being my Guinea pig and trusting the process lol, we all need that one person who will allow us to bring our dreams to reality. Thank you Oni Washington, my amazing makeup client who’s killing the poetry and comedy world. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be writing this article right now. Last but most important I want to give a big shout out to my queen, my mother Neffertiti Holloway for teaching me one of the greatest values in life is knowledge because it is something that can never be taken away from you. Thank you for being my biggest supporter, always investing in my craft and giving the best advice when needed! I wouldn’t be half the women I am today if it wasn’t for your guidance.