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

Hi Angela, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve worked for so many companies and people, in so many different industries & markets in my lifetime. I have a couple of degrees and a few certificates. I was working as a contractor with the federal government for some years and while that is not a very glamorous job, I always presented myself in a glamorous way (i.e. wearing makeup, high heeled shoes, and accessories). After 13 years of working as a contractor, one day, I realized that I hated what I was doing and it wasn’t making me happy as it was stagnant and although it paid the bills – as an artist- it wasn’t very fulfilling. it was time to focus on something that I am passionate about. So, I began a couple of different projects and kind of figured out along the way that I am a great seller and that people pay attention to the things that I wear and the things that I like. I realized I had something there. I also have years of experience working retail from my younger days. So after becoming a licensed esthetician, I became a makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics and before that, I was a brand ambassador for Justfab and Shoedazzle. I’d post pictures of the cl that I wore and people began asking about it. I got tired of working for others, so I just decided it was time to make something of this.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I make a living, empowering and encouraging others to feel good about themselves. People trust me to help them to look good even when they may not feel their best on the inside. I am honored whenever someone trusts me to help them with their makeup or lashes or any of the services that I provide. I am a licensed aesthetician and makeup artist. I am proud of myself for stepping away from a career that I was unhappy with for 13 yrs. It was stable and paid the bills but it wasn’t very fulfilling for me. So, deciding to change careers and returning back to school for something totally different was courageous. I have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in social work & gerontology. I decided to go in a different direction and it was very challenging. It meant going from a high paying career to working retail at cosmetic counters. I realize that it was setting me up to become a better artist and to also build some resiliency. Working retail is not easy because people are not always respectful, however I had some really great connections and opportunities to help build people up and empower people even while working at the counter. I had women who were cancer survivors but lost the hair on their eyebrows from treatments, trust me with helping them to feel more confident because they’d lost that. Moments like those are why I love doing what I do. My mission is to have each client leave me feeling better than they did before they came to me. It is also my goal to enhance the beauty of every client that I encounter, You’re already beautiful, let me just help add to it. I’ve learned that it’s not always about where you end up on this journey, it’s about how you reached the destination. What you learned along the way. Retail and wasn’t the best job to have, but it was better than my better paying job that I wasn’t even happy doing for 13 years, because I was doing what I enjoyed doing. Retail taught me to push some of my limits. I had to learn to have a whole different mindset that it’s not all about me – it’s more about helping others.

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.
I moved here from Detroit, MI, in 2014, with just my black lab mixed pup. What I have learned, is that, you have to get out and see people and do things. That’s the only way to make the best out of this experience. Arizona has so much to do and so many beautiful places and views. I’d take my friend around Jerome and the surrounding areas, to do a wine tasting tour. I’d then take them to have some Sunday brunch at HASH Kitchen, and enjoy the lovely Bloody Mary bar! I’d also take them on a fun party boat ride around lake pleasant. Lastly, we’d go sky diving over at iFly! I’ve never done it, but this would be a perfect time to take a friend and experience our first time sky diving together!

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 dedicate my parents, for always believing in me and supporting me even when they may not have seen my vision, or understood my decisions. For instilling in me to have courage and faith that things will work out,

Website: www.AngiefaceLLC.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/AngiefaceLLC
Facebook: @AngiefaceHealingAndEsthetics

Image Credits
Angela Childress

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutArizona is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.