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

Hi Jessica, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
The end goal for me is, generational wealth. I want to leave legacy for my family. I want my children, and their children to be able to be innovative in their own way. Professionally, I want to set an example for them that you can have your hearts desires through hard work and faith in God.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Hair for me has always been a thing, but I guess I never saw myself making a career out of it. In high school, I would do my hair different everyday. When I look back I was so good at it too. For some reason I tried to do everything else but hair, it was never a thought. I ended up working for TSA at the airport in 2013. I remember having a conversation with one of my coworkers and she stated that her sister went to Aveda cosmetology school. I looked into, and I ended up enrolling. My love for hair immediately resurfaced once school started. I realized that it was my gift all a long because it came so natural to me. I graduated in 2015 and worked in a couple different salons. I remember starting out I wanted to do so much, but I was also scared. I ended up working in a salon inside of Walmart, and I started to grow my confidence. My clientele was slowly growing and I left my job at TSA to do hair full- time. I left TSA May 2017, and in October 2017 my mom transitioned. I also find out in that time that I was pregnant. Talk about life hitting you right when you thought it was about to take off. My mom passing took a major toll on my career. My mom would come to the school on model days. She would let me cut her hair all off ,and practice color.I had no desire when she passed. After her funeral I went back to work because I knew that’s what she would have wanted and not to sit around and be sad. I worked up until it was time to have the baby. After I had the baby I decided to not go back to the salon I was at and start over. I started at a blow dry bar which I still work at today because I love it so much but it was hard. Financially, I was struggling. Not only did I have my fifteen year old daughter now I have another baby to feed. I decided t o go back to TSA full-time. I still would work the blow dry bar on my off days from TSA. Overtime, my desire for hair started to slowly come back. While working at TSA, I created Classic Glam LLC. It started off as an online business where I sell hair extensions and mink eyelashes. As, I continued to work at the dry bar I got into doing wedding hair. After another four years at TSA, I decided to leave again and follow my dream of doing hair. I work at the blow dry bar full-time, and I am growing my business on the side. Classic Glam LLC., now offers wedding services. I am so exited because I finally found something I love and I am at peace on my journey. I’ve also had another baby. So, I have a eighteen year old, three year old, and a one year old. Single parent still chasing my dream. My daughter is in her freshman year of college, and I am just a proud mama bear. I recently got a tattoo of a phoenix rising out of the ashes, because that’s where I’m at in my life. I’ve overcome so much heartbreak and pain in my life, but I’ve learned that you have to take the bad with the good. No matter how many times you fall, you gotta keep on getting up. You have to keep going. Always know who you are, and fight for yourself. Trust God , and believe in the desire that He has placed in your heart. You are going have hard days but it’s all about perspective. Know that they come to teach you something that you will need on the journey. Hard work and faith in God and self leads to a desire fulfilled. Classic Glam LLC., is not only beauty outside, but beauty within.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
On Monday we would go to Stone Mountain. I like to start the week off peaceful. I like to go there and walk up the mountain and see the view of the city. So, I would take them there. To let go and feel refreshed, exercise always does that.

Tuesday we would go to the outlets in Woodstock and do a little shopping, and then go to Taco Mac for taco Tuesday.

Wednesday we could visit the aquarium and coca cola factory. Then stop by Sammy Cheesecakes in East Point for some good pound cake.

Thursday we would go to Cumberland Mall and go to the Cheesecake Factory.

Friday we would get up early and go to Thumbs Up in East Point for breakfast and go catch an afternoon movie at AMC Southlake.

Saturday we would go to the Battery, the new Atlanta Braves Stadium. World Champs! Hang out and eat and have drinks.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give credit to my mother. My mother is the true epitome of hard work and love for family. I was a troubled child, but my mom never gave up on me. I had my first child when I was fourteen years old.I didn’t know the first thing about being a mother. If my mom was disappointed in me, she never said it or showed it. She always just knew how to be there for anything I needed. It was’t until my early twenties that I got myself together, and fully stepped into my role as a mother. My mother supported me in anything that I did. Trust, I have tried many things trying to find my way, but she never judged and always encouraged me.I am thankful for her unconditional love. This year makes four years since her transition, and I miss her everyday, but I know she walks with me in spirit. I am grateful to have had an angel on earth. My mom lived a life of faith and she loved her family.That was the perfect example for me. On my toughest days I am able to pull through be cause her faith and unconditional love taught me that it’s going to be alright.

Website: classicglamhair.com

Instagram: @classicglamhair

Other: The knot/ weddingwire at Classic Glam LLC

Image Credits
@Moodyink522 on Instagram (my tattoo artist)

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutAtlanta is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.