We had the good fortune of connecting with Sunny Ferguson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sunny, how do you think about risk?
I am all for taking risks. Honestly, without taking the risks I have taken, I would not be where I am today. My first career risk occurred when I decided to quit my job and move back home in 2014 to pursue a full-time career in the beauty industry. I had to rely on my parents financially, which was very difficult because I was on my own since I was 19. But they were so supportive in my decision to start over and change careers. I gave up so much to attend cosmetology school while working, and things hit rock bottom before the successes came. I lost my car, I couldn’t do all the fun things my friends were doing at the time, and I almost got to the point where I wanted to give up.
After receiving my cosmetology license, I went from being a salon assistant/makeup artist to becoming a hairstylist. I thought this was it! I thought this was the point of achievement I was looking for, and it was not, lol. Something was missing. I liked being a hairstylist, but I did not love it. I was not passionate about it. I couldn’t understand why I still was not happy in my career. I received my first ever facial treatment that year (2017), and a lightbulb went off in my head. I enjoyed the facial and became so intrigued by the esthetics world. I dealt with some skin concerns of my own, and I wanted to learn more about skincare.
It was time to take another risk, and I did. I quit my job, yet again, to start over and pursue a career in skincare. I barely knew a thing about skin other than the one week in cosmetology school, but I wanted this so badly. I learned from a mentor, took continuing education classes, and even found my niche all in a matter of a year. Before I knew it, I was booked and busy and passionate about what I was doing. And to top things off, I was better at skin than anything else I did in my life. The feeling was so rewarding after taking so many risks.
But this was not the end of my risk-taking. In 2019, I decided to leave my place of employment, where my career in skin started, to further my growth. And this is where the magic began to happen. Not only did I learn so many new things to enhance my treatments from my new employer, but now I am even more booked and busy than I have ever been. Not to mention I am also a full-time student pursuing my nursing degree to combine with skincare. Next stop Aesthetic Nursing. In this field, I will be able to do more advanced skin procedures, enhancing my knowledge and skills in skincare. I am grateful for every risk I have taken along the way. It has made me wiser, stronger, happier, and more successful than ever.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a licensed skincare professional specializing in skin of color. I provide services such as basic and advanced facials, chemical peels, microneedling, brow tinting, brow shaping, lash lifts, lash tinting, permanent makeup for brows. I work inside of a cute spa boutique called The Glotique near Downtown Miami. My focus on and success in treating darker skin tones sets me apart from others. When I started my career in skincare, I immediately saw the lack of representation for darker skin tones and wanted to focus on these skin types to change the narrative. There is a lot of misinformation and a lack of education in terms of treating skin of color. I am very proud that I can educate and help people with skin concerns that have been overlooked for so long. The beauty industry has evolved in this area, but there is still more to go.
It was not always the easiest to get to where I am today, but I overcame every obstacle thrown my way. I overcame most of my challenges by being realistic about my goals and my journey. I’ve learned to be very patient and humble along the way as well. I also learned to utilize social media for ideas, networking, and marketing, but I did not allow myself to be discouraged by comparing myself to someone else’s path. My biggest lesson learned was always to have room to grow and learn more. Never become stagnant in anything that you do.
I want the world to know that it’s never too late to start over and follow your dreams. I’m 31 years old, and I’m back in school pursuing a degree that will take me 3-4 years, and I’m okay with that.
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.
Friday: Start at the beach for some fun in the sun. I’m not a huge fan of South Beach, so I would probably go with Fort Lauderdale Beach. It’s a little more lowkey and less hassle to get to and from the beach. After catching some sun rays, I’d take us to grab a bite to eat and drinks at Le Chick Miami. It’s the cutest little spot, and they make some of the best-fried chicken I’ve ever had. I usually order the fried chicken sandwich or chicken & waffles. Their cocktails look delicious, but I’m more of a straight shooter, lol. After that, we would hit up Brick in Wynwood for more drinks, hookah, and great music to dance the night away.
Saturday: Start the day by the pool at SLS Miami Beach. They have some of the best day pool parties, and it gets pretty lit. I recommend getting a cabana for this spot for sure. Now, I warn you; it is a bit of a black hole. One minute you feel like you just arrived; the next, it’s been 8 hours, and you are still throwing back tequila shots like it’s water. This spot is definitely for the party-goer. Then we would grab some food from CVI.CHE 105. It is a fantastic Peruvian-style restaurant on the beach, and I swear I have sweet dreams about their ‘aji de gallina”. The next stop would be a secret bar hidden inside the Franklin hotel in Miami Beach called “Shh…” The setup is so cute, the vibe is excellent, the music is amazing, and you can meet some incredible people.
Sunday: It’s not “Sunday Funday” unless you start with brunching. The first stop on our final day together would be Palace on South Beach for a drag brunch. These queens came to slay, and you won’t regret this experience. Great food, music, entertainment, and drinks. I love the crab cakes, calamari, and their caipirinha drink. My favorite part about this spot because you can ‘people watch’ as locals and vacationers walk the Ocean Drive strip. The next stop is The Wharf Miami for some dancing, more drinks, and more food. This spot is so photogenic and cute! I especially love this spot because it has at least 5-6, or more, food trucks readily available. It’s a total vibe here, and you meet all types of people.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My life partner Fernanda Monteiro. After one year of being back home, we met while I was still attending beauty school. Fernanda has been my rock. She has supported me through every change and encouraged me to shine like no other. She always believed in me and knew I’d be destined for greatness. The amount of love and effort she has made to ensure that I could pursue my dreams kept me afloat. She deserves so much credit for all of her words of encouragement and dealing with my endless hours of being consumed with work and school. I love her so much and wouldn’t be at this level in my career without her.