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

Hi Jiyoon, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Owning a business and having a successful career is nothing that I thought it would be. First of all, I had always imagined I’d go to a great university out of HS and have a promising career, just like how our lives are painted out to be a certain way starting at the age of, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. We’re conditioned to believe we must follow a certain template and these are the standards we use and live by. These standards are definitely important but should be used as foundational, as everyone processes differently. No one told me I’d end up dropping out of college, no one told me from 16-27 I’d go through 19+ different jobs and still be unsure of what I wanted to do and still be unhappy. Never did I ever think I’d own my own business either. I literally remember being in Esthetics School and my classmates telling me I should open my own business and responding, “hell no, I do not want my own business” and 2yrs later, organically, I did just that. Going through different jobs is not what I had imagined but I’m grateful I’ve had those different experiences because I apply skills from each and every one of those jobs to run my business today. The most important lesson I’ve taken away from my business & career is that I can create the life I want by being open minded and never putting a cap (limit) on anything that I do. We work and we live by the limits we give ourselves… we only go as far as where we draw the line… so why draw it? I’ve learned its okay to rewire ourselves.

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.
I was sick and tired of being taken advantage of by employers, being undervalued, treated unfairly, and always having rejected ideas. I always knew I had a strong work ethic and growing up poor has taught me to be resourceful. Knowing what I can potentially bring to the table is all the hope that I needed to start my business and I had initially asked myself, “what do I love to do?” and I love all things beauty, particularly makeup. I personally see myself as an artist and a creator because I am visualizing ideas, pictures, colors, maps, styles, etc. all day. My passion to help people is what drives me. Through my work, I have the opportunity to reach people. I have clients that come to gain confidence by enhancing their looks, clients that come because they also need a friend to talk to, and I also have clients that come for trainings that are ready to change their life and start a whole new chapter, starting with their career. Although I am a business, artist, or beauty professional, I believe that I carry a certain responsibility/duty and I feel honor as my clients trust in me and confide in me with their body, mind, & spirit.

There are a lot of reasons why I am where I am today but the #1 reason is because I never gave up and I never stopped believing in myself. It’s my passion & self belief that kept me going when it didn’t make any sense to. When I started my business, I literally had no way of putting food on the table so failure was not an option. I knew I had to make it work and I was going to make it work. Google quickly became my best friend and I learned to become resourceful. Whenever I get stuck, frustrated, etc. I always remind myself that if there’s a problem, there’s always a solution, just have to figure out all the angles. Troubleshooting has become extremely useful in running a business because most of the time, I find that I can help myself and if its something too difficult or requires another professional, then hire for the job. If there’s a will, there’s a way.

At the end of the day, you can have your cake and eat it too… it’s called Balance. Believe in yourself. Be bold. Take risks. Take chances. Stay humble. Know your worth. Money isn’t everything, it’s only a tool. You can create the life you want and be around people you want to be around. I always felt like the black sheep and sometimes I still do but the difference between now and then is that I no longer care, rather, I embrace it. I’ve learned that staying authentic to myself is what draws in people who connect with me. This allows me to work in a flourishing environment so I can create my best work. I will always pick quality over quantity. Everyone is special in their own way and everyone has so much to contribute with their experiences, stories, work, etc. As someone who had to work harder, not smarter, I hope people can learn from my mistakes and always remember to choose kindness and compassion.

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?
My best friend these days is my 6yo because almost all my free time goes to her. This question stresses me out, kidding, not kidding LOL the real life of an entrepreneur *crying* But in all seriousness, the perfect day would include a lot of food, a moment of serenity in nature, a lot of drinks, lots of positive vibes, & lots of laughs

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m so grateful for my daughter and her father for being my motivation to create a life worth working for. I’m so grateful for the support from my clients, family, friends, community, online community, and even strangers for supporting me even when I had no idea what I was doing. I used googled a lot to find free resources and information on how to start a business 2yrs ago. I looked up to a lot of entrepreneurs that are already successful to follow their blueprint of how to start a business. JT Foxx is someone who offered foundational business guidance that I still apply to my business and pass on to my students. SBA is an agency I used that hosted a free Marketing Seminar which taught me how to run my own advertisements. Shout out to Cammy Nguyen for being my first Entrepreneur Role Model and teaching me the way. Instagram has been the main reason my business has grown so quickly in these past 2 years. I had quit my job April 2019 and registered my business in June. The month was spent creating content to prebook clients so starting July, I could start working, then I hit the ground running. I’m very thankful for everyone who motivates me to do better everyday.

Website: www.eyesbodyandsoul.com

Instagram: @eyesbodyandsoul

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Image Credits
photographybymichelle.pixieset.com https://www.disruptorsmagazine.com/top-5-estheticians-to-look-out-for-in-2021/

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