We had the good fortune of connecting with Regina Brown-Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Regina, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?

I currently live in Hopkinsville, KY, but I’m originally from a small-town in Missouri called Sikeston. It’s mainly known for it’s restaurant called “Lambert’s “Home of the Throwed Rolls”, and the Jaycee Rodeo.

My background played a major role in who I am impacts me as it molded me to be the businesswoman I am today. Our family has always been one where the women were “strong minded, go-getters”. We didn’t wait around for things to happen we faced opportunities head-on. I consider myself been fortunate to be in a family with women who either own businesses or currently in positions that have them with managerial responsibilities.

Growing up, I was able to watch my Mom (and my Aunt’s) balance work life, religion, and home in a way that made her “superwoman” in my eyes. Not only that, she’s was very business-savvy. So, I basically try to incorporate that same mentality. Balance my family life, work life, and spirituality. In business I’m very much a go-getter, strong-willed, and ambitious, but in my personal life my soft spot is my husband and my our two sons.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Well, I’m the salon owner of Gina’s Creative Touch Studio. An upscale salon centrally located near Downtown Hopkinsville, Ky. I’ve been a stylist now for 5 years, and a professional makeup artist for 13.

I think one of the things I’m most proud about is being able to accomplish what many told me I wouldn’t. At the age of 3, I didn’t mentally and physically develop quick enough for my age group so my motor and comprehension skills was behind. My mom was told I would never be able to do this or that, but I’m glad God’s “yes” trumps any man’s “no”. She never gave up teaching and working with me. I’ve been able to achieve what wasn’t supposed to be in my life, and I owe that to nobody but [her and] God.

I’m excited about where the salon is headed, and me and my co-workers growth as stylist. It’s so much to learn in this industry! I want us to always keep our mind open to growth by constantly attending classes and stepping out our comfort zones.

I got to where I am today because I stepped out on faith. I had to cancel out the noise in my head and from people that was trying to stop me or place doubt and just go for it. It definitely wasn’t easy when I became a makeup artist as makeup artistry wasn’t really “the it thing” to do in Hopkinsville. But, I kept going at it and eventually business went from one person to ten, ten to twenty, and booking this wedding, and the next and before you know it I was invited on TV to give makeup demonstrations and tips, booked to do classes, and my first celebrity makeup. It was my side-hustle that eventually became a main source of income.

I overcame so many challenges, especially when I became a stylist. Throughout my whole career, I think that this was the most difficult transition because everyone isn’t going to think you belong. I went through that period, like others do, of being outcast, gossiped about, slandered, etc. and it was something I never thought I would get over because it really hit me hard emotionally. But, then I would listen to business influencers like Ronne Brown, and communicate with other Senior Stylists who offered advise on how they overcame some of the same things and it empowered me.

The lessons I’ve learned along the way is to never keep track of what someone else is doing. In doing so, you lose track on what you should be doing. Another lesson I’ve learned is not to invite everyone on your journey. Some journeys isn’t meant to have passengers. And, the one main lesson I keep on my mind and heart is to always stay humble and stay grounded. It’s so easy to forget where you come from when you level up. But if you stay grounded and humble, you’ll never forget those who helped you get there, and you will never think you’re better than those who haven’t got there yet.

I want the world to know by my story that you can achieve the impossible. So many people tried, and sometimes still try, to define who I am and how my life will be, but it’s an amazing feeling when I defy the odds stacked against me. Don’t allow someone else to dictate your life for you. You, and only you, hold the pen to writing your story. Every chapter must be written by you.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My friends are pretty much laid-back and chill. We like going shopping, to eateries, and places where its not overly crowded. Family time and family activities is a biggie for us. So, I would definitely go shopping in our new plaza, but then continue south to Nashville, Tennessee. Visit the zoo, BB Kings, and some other restaurants in the area. Or maybe we would travel to Gatlinburg (or Chattanooga) and enjoy the tourism spots there with our family.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate my shoutout to my family, especially my sons, JaCorian and Jaden. They are my reason for everything, and why I continue to go hard every single day. I want them to see why you have to believe in yourself and never give up in pursuing your dream. My family have been nothing short of amazing with their continuous support, encouragement and love during my career. They have truly been my biggest cheerleaders, and my backbone. I don’t think that I would’ve made it this far if it wasn’t for them pouring positivity into me these last five years of being a stylist. So to my family, I thank you and I love you endlessly.

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