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

Hi Jade, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Implementing a daily calendar! I tried planners and on the wall hanging calendars but it can get tricky when I’m on the go. Instead I opt for a calendar on my phone and it has saved me so many times! Plus I can schedule appointments and set reminders at anytime. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am blessed to be able to create, and have a passion to match the ability. I forgot about this blessing for a few years and really suffered from not giving my creative drive the attention it deserves. I felt I didn’t have control of my life, my schedule was based around a job I didn’t much care for. I could only see other parts of the world for 2 weeks out of the 52 in a year? It just wasn’t what I wanted. It wasn’t enough. However, during this time I was able to learn the ins and outs of managing people and how a successful business works while working in cooperate america. I had an excellent boss who actually began to encourage my artistic side. One day he brought me henna cones from the indian market he frequented, as he was an indian immigrant himself. I didn’t even know what henna was, but I was so enthralled. Henna reignited the passion for creating. It’s such a carefree and always unique experience in that its temporary, freehand art. I fell in love! Long story short, henna grabbed me so much that I decided I would become a full time artist. That’s always been the idea, but I was never much for the gallery politics. Henna was my catalyst into a world of trading, working as a community, and supporting each other. I am to make my own schedule and through that I have found a whole new way to live! So when I say thank you for the support in my business, I sincerely mean it.

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.
BEACH BUMS (North Miami Beach if its weekday, Sunrise beach if it’s weekend) Catch a bite at La Mexicana / The Alchemist and see Lola’s Farmers Market and the murals in that area Grab some drinks and a groovy tunes at Rhythm & Vine Take our pups to Snyder Dog Park Craft beers at Gulf Stream Brewery & Pizzeria with our pups after the park If we’re up for the drive, a look around Coral Castle or Viscaya Mansion and hit up the Miami Venetian Pool on the way back Any good shows at Revolution or The Culture Room, we’re at them Late night bowling at Manor Lanes after some New York Grilled Cheese or Sushi Song

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 am thankful for every single person who has supported my business in even the smallest ways! A huge shoutout to Rochelle who lent me her hand for henna practice, she got some rough ones in the begining but still let me come back and draw on her <3 To Alejo and Aldo for always being supportive and letting my run my business partially out of our home. I would not have been able to make it through 2020 without them! To Nazha for always being a safe place to learn henna and other cultural aspects through henna, and for introducing me to Preya, who is now a beloved business partner that I can’t thank enough for her drive, understanding, and financial smarts.

Website: www,jademaxx.com
Instagram: jademaxx
Facebook: jade Maxx
Youtube: Jade Maxx Henna

Image Credits
Brandon Rudich Photography for two photos (feature photo and last photo in set)

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