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

Hi Erica, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
It was step by step progression. When I first started out as an esthetician and working at the Benefit Brow Bar in Ulta, my desire was not to become an entrepreneur. As my career progressed I grew into the idea. I saw others who were in my profession beginning to start businesses of their own and then a light bulb went off in my mind and I realized that should be my next goal after establishing a loyal clientele. I also craved freedom to be my own boss. If I had not taken the risk and stepped out on my own in 2019, fast forward to 2020 and entering a whole pandemic, I would not have had the liberty to also be there for my daughter to navigate this new world of virtual learning.

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?
I live in Maryland and many refer to this area as the D.M.V. (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia). I would definitely take them to go and see the White House, the Capitol, the National Mall, and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.. Maryland is famously known for their Maryland blue crabs so I would definitely get a couple of dozen for us to feast on. I love going to the National Harbor and just walking around by the water. There is a lovely vineyard called Running Hare Vineyard not too far from where I live to go for wine tasting and some nice entertainment. We could also take a trip to Baltimore and visit the Harbor.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to send Portia Perkins my love and appreciation for recommending me for this opportunity. My mom, who has been my rock and support system, always encouraging me to follow my dreams. I would also like to send a special thank you to Rebecca Lynn Pope, her coaching and mentoring gave me the confidence to push through the fear and step into business ownership.

Website: https://EricaLopez.GlossGenius.com/

Instagram: @i_am_ericalopez and @fancyfacesstudio

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