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

Hi Melissa, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
Change. After working my way up in a well known salon and building everything from the ground up and going to school while putting in hours at the salon, I believe leaving and accepting change was the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make. I was one hundred percent invested in a place that started off as a second family but slowly formed into a toxic, loathing environment. But then I realized it would become one of the most healthiest decisions i’ve ever had to make.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I attended Aveda Institute for about a year before having my opportunity to work as a front desk receptionist. I was later given the opportunity to become an assistant that opened the doors to my protégé internship. Not once did I expect my journey to be a walk in the park. I always expected the worse and gave it my best. Like they say, “nothing in life is easy.” I kept my family in mind so I could gather all the motivation I had to endeavor every challenge I crossed. My most hard taught lessons would have to be to always go with your gut, and never doubt yourself. You can’t love what you do if you don’t do what you love. I am blessed to have so much passion for my job but it would not be nearly as good without my support system.

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?
A few of my favorite activities are visiting Medieval Times and eating a turkey leg, checking out the sharks at the Odyssey aquarium, kicking butt at go karting and going for hikes at the Lost Dutchman’s trail over in the east valley. My favorite restaurants would have to be Comedor Guadalajara, Mastro’s, Maple and Ash, RA Sushi, The Crowned Egg and Breakfast Bitch. I’m not much of a drinker but i’m sure we could find somewhere to drink anything.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I love and appreciate my family who are my biggest support system behind me and all of my success so far. My husband, Jon, my parents, Christina and Eugene, my sister and brothers, and my friend Ashley and her family. Ashley allowed me to showcase some of my best work on not only her but her children as well. Everyone has helped me develop my skill set and continuously pushes me to raise the bar everyday.

Instagram: beautebymelissa

Image Credits
Myself

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