We had the good fortune of connecting with Jill Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jill, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from Gainesville, Florida. I was born to two Entrepreneurs, My Mother and Father. My Dad still currently own and operate James Janitorial Service and My mom who is in heaven and is now my guardian angel was a hair stylist and owned her hair salon called Flo’s Beauty Salon, She specialized in everything beauty and loved fashion, I remember she had a makeup line of eyeshadows and lipsticks by Vera Moore that I played in on a daily basis which inspired me to launch my own cosmetics line Jay-Jill Cosmetics. I had the opportunity to meet Vera Moore in NYC and told her my story, I told her she was my moms favorite makeup. Mrs. Moore was very encouraging and told me to never give up my dream. As for the fashion, My mother had the opportunity to style hair for the Ebony Fashion Fair Models when they would come to Gainesville and my best friend and I had the opportunity to meet all of the models, play in their clothes and shoes, This triggered my love for modeling. I love a good fashion show.
As much as I tried to run away from owning a business, I had to answer when God called me to do it. So here I am. Bigger, better, smarter and more wise than I was before.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I Retired from Department Of Corrections after 14 years to pursue my interest in makeup and skin care. During the time as a Correctional Officer I was into acting and modeling doing alot of background work Green Leaf, David Makes Man, Drop Dead Diva, Good Deeds, Veer!, Final Destination 4 3D, Bad Mom, Past Life, Teen Wolfe to name a few.
I also had the privilege of being featured in beauty publications: Sheen Magazine, Essence Beauty Tour Online, Hype Hair Magazine (Top 10 Model in Plus Competition) Style Q Hair Magazine, Hair Digest.
When starting a business is not easy, Although it may look easy, but without investing in the mentorship or coaching it will be just as hard. I learned when I first started out, I had no clue what I was doing, I thought I knew, I had somewhat of an idea but did not know the “meat and potatoes” of the business side only what I saw. Now I see where I went wrong and corrected those things moving forward. I have learned to pray, be patient, stay focus and execute.
I want the world to know Jay-Jill Cosmetics will be in every makeup bag and in every purse around the world one day. Jay-Jill Cosmetics is created for women of color and for all to enjoy. We offer a full line of cosmetics that are paraben free, hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic, fragrance free, not tested on animals, halal certified, gluten free, vegan lipstick colors available.
When you visit the Jay-Jill Glamtique & Spa We Specialize in Skin Care, Body Contouring, Detox Therapy, Body Wraps, Brow Tinting & Waxing, Makeup & Mobile Spa Parties.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend visiting the area, I would plan accordingly, First night of arrival we would go out to dinner to the Cheesecake Factory then the following day head down south to the port to hop on a ship and off to Jamaica we go for the remaining days which is normally what we do any way.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First I’d like to thanks and honor to God first and foremost. My parents CJ & Flo James. Shout out and a huge thank you to my husband who has been one of my biggest supporters, Lets roll it back for a minute, There are several people who has definately been down for me since the beginning back when I first started acting and doing background talent work in TV & Film and modeling starting back in 2008. I’d like to give a shout out to Ms.Nicki Mack of Diva Day International she is always ready at the first ring ready to beat a face or rip a runway for anything I try to come up with when I have no clue of what I’m doing and also same goes for my ladies Molly Hopkins & Cynthia Decker over at Livi-Rae Lingerie. My Atlanta Dolls are my number one star players.
To bring it forward, I must give credit where credit is due. I must shout out to my Business Mentor Candace Holyfield Parker aka Six Figure Spa Chick of Atlanta, Ga, The number one Queen of Spa. She has coached me along the way to reopening my Glamtique/Spa and I am on my way to seeing six figures in my business. You shed a different light when it comes to business and gave a different perspective. Since joining the Spa Boss Tribe I have met so many amazing women entrepreneurs in the spa industry who look like me, We hold each other accountable to hit our goals within our business and encourage each other. In 2019 at the last Black Spa Expo in Atlanta, I met Michelle Foye owner of Precise Screening, She became one of my business coaches as well. Michelle guided me along the way and I’m pleased to announce my new business Pure Screening Solutions, LLC. A DOT/Non-DOT Drug Testing Site which is located inside of my Spa. This is how we roll over in the Spa Boss Tribe. Thank You Candace Holyfield Parker for everything you do for me and for the tribe.
Shout out to all of my Glambassadors, Glam Dolls & Gents past and present, family and friends for your continued support. I truly appreciate you. You all have been holding me down since October 2012. Shout out to Kim White for the 1 hr phone calls to tell me to “calm my nerves”. And to the best Web Designer in the world, Shout Out to Anissa Palmer, You know you are the bomb at everything. Shout out to my Glam Team at the Jay-Jill Glamtique Pam & Antoinette both of you are a blessing. Shout out to my people who make me watch my numbers monthly and keep me on my toes. Last but not least, Shout out to my old co-workers for putting up with me being late everyday for almost 2 yrs cause I was plotting my exit strategy from day one. Shout out to all of my new Boss Friends I’ve met at the conferences and trainings.
JWJ Photography of Atlanta, John Washington Jr