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

Hi Sophia, how do you think about risk?
I consider myself a huge risk taker because I have a lot of faith in God! Everything I’ve done in life so far has been about taking risks & He has not let me done at all! I dropped out of college to pursue my passion of doing hair full time. I took another risk by getting a full time job at USPS. I risked my health by not sleeping & eating properly to reach the level of clientele that I have today. So many sleepless nights. So many tears were shed but I knew that it wasn’t going to be forever & I had a goal to reach. I risked losing all my clientele by switching my job position at USPS so I could be able to sleep at night & God had other plans for me. I got fired after 3 months & it was the best thing that could’ve happened to me so far in my life. I took that as a lesson to focus on my own brand & continue to build my business.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Professional Hairstylist Specialist. That’s what sets me apart from others. There aren’t really any in my area that considers themselves as such. I cater to Protective Hairstyles & promote hair growth. If you’re consistent with showing up with your appointments, you’ll see results & be able to retain the growth. I also have close relationships with my longtime clients & don’t try to always make it about business. I want each & everyone of my clients to feel comfortable with me & each experience they have doesn’t always have to be so formal. I face challenges everyday because this industry is always changing & keeping up sometimes be tough. You have to basically think outside the box or follow trends to stay on top of it all. Throughout this whole entrepreneurship, I’ve learned to always stick to a plan! Without a plan, you will basically set yourself up for failure. . What I want the world to know about my brand is that Alluring Studio isn’t just a catchy name, it’s what each & every single customer/client I have, is. After they are serviced they get crowned an Alluring Empress & I want them to conduct themselves as such! My motto is to not only make your physical appearance to be more beautiful but your spirit as well. We’re all Queens/Kings, Emprerors/Empresses, Princesses/Prince just in different shapes, sizes, & colors. We must uplift each other & remember to keep our heads high to keep our crowns from falling on the ground.

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?
Wynwood!!! I love Design District/Wynwood because of the diversity & there’s always something to do there. Whether it’s going to see & experience good art, eating at a food truck, bar hopping, going to a lounge for music or nightlife activities! That is my go-to spot for literally everything! I can’t say that I have a favorite restaurant right now because I feel like there are new ones opening up every other month & I haven’t tried them all. I enjoy going to exhibits & doing things like visiting the Zoo or even going thrift store shopping for a good DIY project. These are different things I’d take a best friend whose in town to do.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give credit to my family & loved ones. Whether they gave me spiritual advice, financial support or moral support. Without them by my sides, I don’t think I’d be who I am & where I am today! They push me in every which way to keep going & to not lose my focus! So I am grateful for all of them!

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