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

Hi Desi, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process was my desire to truly connect with my clients on a different level and elevate passed simply being a makeup artist. I wanted to create an experience for every client I touch hence “the beauty and soul experience”

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.
I’m proud that my business is impactful and my clients leave feeling empowered, which was the vision and goal. I got to where I am professionally by risk taking. I’ve moved from state to state for opportunities and expansion. It was far from easy. It meant starting over quite a few times, failing, renting a tiny closet sized room so I could afford to live in New York and have experience as a creative director for street fashion show. My risks and willingness to take leaps inspired me to expand my brand and add fashion styling to the services I offer. The lessons I’ve learned is modesty can limit you. Its ok to be aware of the impact you have on the world and stand confidently in that. I want people to think of my brand and feel inspired to elevate their entire lifestyle. Eat well, spoil yourself with love and go for what you want. We are always supported once we choose ourselves.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
5 church atlanta, bar vegan, C&C social house, ruby chows for great vibes and delicious food. Little 5 points to hang out, shop, walk around. Of course the trap museum and slutty vegan for people like my bestie who loves to do what tourist do when traveling lol

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?
Everyone that ever told me I would be great before I knew it. There are a few people that I feel came along my path specifically to remind me I have many gifts for the world.

Website: Beautyandsoulexp.com

Instagram: @godis_desi

Facebook: Desi Chanel

Image Credits
Elegance Golden @elegance_creations on Instagram

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