We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelique Gonsalves and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelique, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
It’s easy to give up in anything that you do. If you’re trying to grow a business, lose weight, workout, make money, etc. If it’s hard there is going to come a point when you want to throw in the towel. But you gotta keep going! Being successful isn’t easy you have to work for it. There have been times in my career when I thought about doing something else. ESPECIALLY in the beginning when a client didn’t like their hair or I felt I wasn’t building a clientele in a certain amount of time. But that’s just it, things take time. If I felt like giving up because I felt like a failure I would just look back at photos of hair I’ve done and think I am really good at what I do. Or I will think about all the clients I do have that absolutely love their hair and me. This helps me keep going. So I’d say, if you feel like giving up look at your successes and remember this is just the beginning give it time.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart from others is my creative vision. I can look at someone’s head and just see what color/colors would just compliment each other well. That’s what excites me about my work. Seeing something in my head come to life. Helping accentuate someone’s look. I got where I am in my career today through learning and patience. In beauty school they only teach you the basics. When I started and even now I watch stylists work. I watch videos and read articles on different techniques. I constantly look for ways to better myself by watching those who are already successful in that area. Also understanding that growing my business will take time and that’s where the patience comes in. It wasn’t always easy, there were times I wanted to give up. When my clientele seemed like it wasn’t growing I thought maybe I’m not meant to do this. But then I would look at my work and think that God wouldn’t had given me the ability to do such great work if I wasn’t meant to do it. That’s what would encourage me. I want people to know that I absolutely love what I do. I can’t imagine waking up and hating my job. It’s so much more than a job. I get to be creative and have fun. I love making a connection with the person that sits in my chair. Making them feel comfortable enough to talk about what’s going on in their lives. I’m practically a part time therapist. I can’t really imagine myself doing anything else.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Sunday we would go to church of course and then the beach. I personally like Delray Beach. For a night out we are definitely going to The Wharf in Ft. Lauderdale. Maybe hit up the Hard Rock Guitar Hotel. Food- Brgr Stop, Midnight Cookies and Cream, Misha’s Cupcakes, Planet Smoothie, Raw Addiction, Huey Magoos, Cherry Smash
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom is who really influenced my decision in becoming a cosmetologist. She was also a stylist so when I was younger I had to go with her to work sometimes and I guess it stuck with me. Secondly my boss because she really helped groom me in my craft. She taught me a lot about color, cutting, and being a better stylist to my clients in all aspects.
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