We had the good fortune of connecting with Kat Coffee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kat, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued a creative career because creativity has always been where I succeeded. I have always felt more at ease when in positions that allow for creativity. It creates a better mental state for me when I am not confined to thinking in a specific way. While working in my degree field (Business Administration with an emphasis in Hospitality Management), I was not given. As much creative liberty as I would have liked. There was a standard process for how to do mostly everything. I quickly began to feel stifled. When I began to pursue my creative passions, I found myself to be way happier. It allowed me to express myself, without feeling guilty. I found myself feeling guilty before pursuing a career in a creative field because I felt like it was taking time away from working or self-care. Not having a creative outlet forced me to prioritize in an attempt to create one, sadly my creative outlet time fell to the side. I am so glad that is not the case any longer.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What sets me apart from others is my personality and technique. I try my best to make each and every experience special and unlike any other client has experienced. My technique is often tailored to the concerns of the client on my spa table.
Going to a school that is a leader in the industry of beauty (The Elaine Sterling Institute) gave me an advantage when it comes to knowledge and experience with machines. Most of the regular clients I’ve serviced at the schools spa, come for the machine facials. Knowing how to do them and do them well, is what set me apart from the other students.
Learning and soaking up the knowledge was the hardest part for me. It isn’t something that came as natural as the actual technique behind performing a facial or wax. I studied a lot and used all the resources provided to me to make sure that I was putting as much effort in as possible. The technique was easy for me to learn and tweak because I learn best when I am able to mimic or go through the motions of performing a service. I practiced different techniques all the time to see which ones felt the most natural to me.
I’ve learned that as long as you put the time and effort into something, it’ll be hard to fail. I’ve dreamed so much about working for myself and working in the beauty industry, now I’m here and it feels surreal. It has been shocking to learn how much I didn’t know that I could do when I push myself more. I’ve also learned that sometimes you have to take the leap of faith in order to get to where you want to be. Taking that leap has always been a scary idea for me, but now I know I’m ready.
I want the world to know that the goal of 218th Place Aesthetics is to make each and every client that walks out, feel better about themselves. People want to feel beautiful and like their best selves. I aim to help every client feel just like that. I want to help those that are stressed out, or work in stressful industries. I want them to have a moment to themselves that isn’t about their work, something that is centered on them and their happiness. An experience that allows them to relax and feel beautiful or handsome. At 218th Place, we take Rest & Rejuvenation seriously.
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?
First, I would take them to the Juke Joint for drinks and amazing food. The atmosphere is great and the food is even better! Some other restaurants would have to be Atlantic Seafood, Hattie B’s, and a Mexican cantina in Little Five Points.
For a great experience, I would check out one of the many interactive experiences Atlanta has to offer. Cru on Edgewood Ave is also a nice place to enjoy and be around younger people who are making moves in Atlanta.
For something active, there’s a skydiving place in Smyrna/Vinings. I don’t like heights but I like the ability to kind of mimic that experience. Lastly, everyone who visits Atlanta should visit The King Center, The Battery and Little Five Points.
All of these areas offer something different and unique to Atlanta.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to dedicate this to my tribe of supporters. My sister, Krystin, has been such a supportive force behind me. Always asking what she can do to help me succeed. My mom, of course has been there supporting me every step of the way.
My classmates while attending esthetician school have been there with me throughout the whole process. We try to push each other in every phase, making sure nobody falls behind. However, you have to want it in order for people to help you achieve a goal. In my tribe, we all wanted to succeed and begin a legacy to pass down to our children, present and future.
Last but not least, to my friends that I gained from attending Georgia Southern University. Some of you have been friends with me for 8+ years, and some a little less than that. To each and every one that still keep in touch, I appreciate you for pushing me and encouraging me. Thank you for seeing something in me that I could not see in myself.