We had the good fortune of connecting with Jemy Mosso and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jemy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Like every good teenager, I got on the job market working in retail. I was never the type to keep a job for long but I would always keep a job. I loved the freedom that having money allowed me to have but hated doing the job, hated folding the clothes, being reprimanded for showing up late, having to show up when I did not feel like it but what I hated the most was having to wait for my paycheck. It just was not for me. So I got a job as a bartender at a sports/bar restaurant in Downtown Montreal, and I loved it! I was making 200$ to 400$ per night, the money was coming in every day and my co-workers were fun. Everything was great, but in the long run, the hours became excruciating and I was annoyed at the constant flirtatious comment made by man old enough to be my grandfather. So I quit, got an office job, a stable income, and also met great people but it still was not enough. I wanted more, I wanted my own. I did not want to fund the other man’s dream anymore. It was time to build my own. My mother being the businesswoman that she is, constantly pushed me to own my business and reminded me of how much I could accomplish. So, when I told her I was going to start my business she gladly helped me fund it and encouraged me into aiming higher, and still does. Thanks, mom.
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 that I care about every single client that has trusted me enough to lay on my table eyes closed. I treat them as a friend, I want to know about them and I adjust myself to make them comfortable. They could have gone anywhere but they chose me, it’s now my job to show them why.
To this day, the achievement that I am the proudest of is the first group class that I made in Summer 2021. It was a success as my students were overly satisfied with the material. The event took place in Canada, where I am originally from. I had gone there for the summer and the nine ladies that I trained wanted to specifically learn how to do eyelash extension like me so I organized the class.
My friend, Aissatou, brought me flowers, and my best friend, Malika who is herself a business owner, gave a mini-mentorship talk to the ladies regarding taxes when owning a business, registering your business, etc. It was an overall success. So much that I was in the obligation to make another class due to the impression the first class left.
During times like these, remembering one’s beginnings comforts the soul with absolute gratitude. To know that within a year I was able to create my business, build my clientele, create my reputation, satisfy my clients and teach amazing ladies how to be an independent boss woman was an incredible sensation. It definitely showed how one year of focus and consistency can change the rest of your life. Do not get me wrong, it definitely was hard. I even quit at the very beginning, but my mom kept pushing me. Having a good support system is very important in business. It will help you stay focused and grounded.
I would like for people to know that business is hard. Working in retail is hard. Building clientele is hard. Living paycheck to paycheck is hard. But you have to pick your hard and adapt it to the best of your capacities. Once you pick your hard, never give up even when it gets hard, push through. There is a reason why that is the hard you picked, and you will fulfill its purpose.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my friends were to come to the city, I would have them live an experience. On a Friday night, I would schedule a Paint & Sip night somewhere in Atlanta, there are plenty! Then we would go eat at a restaurant that plays live Jazz & Blues Music, maybe TWO Urban Licks, the vibes are great.
Saturday brunch means Breakfast at Barneys! Designer bags, dark shades, and mimosas are always a vibe.
We would spend the day shopping at Lenox Mall. And then go to the museum, maybe the TRAP museum or the High Museum of art. If not a museum I would also suggest the Painted Pin, and adult-only bowling alley. We would then start our night at The Select for drinks and food and hit one of the many Buckhead clubs to end the night.
Let’s have some fun!
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 mother, my siblings, my boyfriend, my friends, the Obamas! (lol)
Mother – I would love to thank my mother for her continuous support. Mom you are the kindest, purest, most funny, most loving, human being on this Earth. You deserve nothing but greatness and I’m going to work to get you nothing less but that.
My Siblings – My people and my blood! Thanks for preparing my patience and challenging my nerves (lol) No but for real, everything I do is for you all to eat because if I’m great you will be great too. Keep thriving, keep working towards your goals and keep putting God first! I love you Anje, Wuma, Yada and Heaven.
Forever, your big sister xox
My boyfriend – Thanks my heart for always keeping my spirits up, thanks for everything you do for me, for believing in me, for listening to me, for dealing with my annoying self. You are the Truth.
Love you G. O., your baby
My friends – See now, you people are the GOATS! You all know who you are, thanks for your positivity, for your support, for your love, for calling me out, for those literally breathtaking laughs. We’re all in this together and I’m happy I get to share this earthly experience with you beautiful souls.
The Obamas – Hey Barack! Hey Michelle! I have both of your book in my room and everytime I look at them and exhibition of Black Excellence charms my brain. Thank you for existing, thank you for being great, thank you for being you. A fan.
Last but not least, I would like to thank every single person that has supported me. Beyond grateful.