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

Hi Tacola, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I first came up with the ideal for my business when I was in makeup school. Learning about the different styles of makeup and levels made me begin to gain interest in not only the profession but the background of it. I was originally only going to do only lip gloss but I gained so much knowledge along the way that I decided to add more.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a business owner by day with a list full of talent on the side. What set me apart from others is my attitude, creativity and my passion. I’m most proud that I’m going on my third year and business and I have not quit. I made it to where I am today keeping GOD first. Was it easy absolutely not it took a lot of hard work dedication and sleepless nights to get here. I overcame the challenges by taking advice and listening to others who already made it to where I am, the best part about this whole thing is the unlimited lessons you learn and the hurdles you can look back at and say you made it past. The lessons I learned are to be patient and only focus on the road ahead, Don’t get distracted by what others have and Don’t measure your succcess off of what you see others doing. The Biggest Lesson was DONT Let the numbers define you. I want the world to know that my BRAND LashLevels is not just about lashes it’s about being creative and stepping out your box as a woman, it’s about trying a new level that you may have thought was too much for you but then you learn That in EVERY day there is a moment to Level Up and that alone makes you wanna step outside the box. My brand is about being creative we believe that every woman has something to offer the world through a different view.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting California the first place we would go is La Barca Mexican restaurant in la for food and drinks. After we left we would hit the road to Las Vegas to hang out with some of my favorite people my god mom Lonnett who can cook and entertain anybody under the table, Next we would have to go to shopping at my favorite places the outlets. We would most definitely need to go see usher at his new show in the Caesar’s palace and last but not least we have to go to Fat Tuesday.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Their are a few people who deserve this recognition, First my auntie mo who has been my encouragement to keep pushing no matter what I come up against without her help taking care of my son when I have to get out and get my business seen, helping me purchase my computers I most definitely would not be here without her. My other two aunts criselda and tisha from helping me make mirrors across the globe and when I’m gone making sure that every item that’s ordered is packed and shipped with no questions asked. My grand parents for waiting on my rent cause they knew I was trying to build my dream. My Pr Manager Draya for always having my back, staying up late making flyers and preparing whatever I ask for with no questions asked and every Lash Queen I’ve ever had on my team they have all made it possible for me to get my brand seen by many people across the globe. My favorite influencers Cheyona, Ceddie and Shenae who collaborated with me without question, each of them were selfless in helping me reach of few goals and I’ll forever be greatful to them for it. Lastly my son for giving up his mommy moments to share me with the world his understanding attitude and compliments keep me grinding for more.

Website: www.lashlev3ls.com

Instagram: @lashlev3ls

Facebook: Lashlevels llc

Image Credits
Credit for images go to Cami flowers, Stanisha Charne, Nik Winfield, Veronica Grayson, Cheyona Broomfield, India Mccarter, Sheena Thomas and Andraya Williams

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