We had the good fortune of connecting with Darelle Doleman LE and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Darelle, why did you pursue a creative career?
I always told myself, since I was little that I would be an artist. Ive always loved working with my hands. I would take little pieces of old jewelry, or watches that I found, disassemble them and try to put them back together. I also used to make clothes for my dolls as well. Ive always been a very creative person and I thoroughly enjoy the satisfaction it brings me when others love my creations.

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.
Not only do I make beautiful jewelry but I am also a licensed esthetician.

Currently, I work in waxing specifically and I really enjoy it. I love working with my hands. I love the results they bring. It took a long time for me to get here and I now see why it did, so that I can appreciate it more. I faced a lot of challenges until I realized that I was in my own way.

After failing the first part of state board I had to get back in the books and study. At the time I could not find a job in the beauty or skin care industry so I took a different route. When I felt confident and ready to retest, I saved up my money and reapplied. I passed both sections and I can honestly say I appreciate the time it took. I didn’t take giving up as an option because theres always an end goal in mind,

Recently I came across a journal entry from 2017 that said, “I will be a licensed esthetician and a business owner.” At the time, I wasn’t sure what business I would have and I had not applied to retake the test yet. Every time I reflect on that, I am reminded about my power and determination.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, I am from D.C. so a nice brunch would definitely be first stop. I love a good buffet too, so Sequoia right near the Washington Harbour would be perfect. Then we would have to definitely check out some of the museums and exhibits. The Portrait Gallery, The African- American Museum, the MLK memorial and even the Aquarium in Baltimore. Then for a nice lunch option, we have Matchbox, they have really good pizza. For a nice night out and have some fun and let loose, maybe The Park at 14th. Its always something exciting happening there.
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?
My sister Diona has always been a big supporter of anything Ive wanted to pursue. She has always helped me, encouraged me and pushed me to be the best version of myself. I am inspired by her perseverance every day not only as my sister but a fellow business woman as well.

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