We had the good fortune of connecting with Rita Nelson-Dickey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rita, why did you pursue a creative career?
I decided to pursue a creative career at a very early age. I was never meant to be in a box, in an office. I crave the freedom of owning my own business but not be dragged down by it. I knew I wanted to make people feel good about themselves. So when they wake up they can have positive outlook on their life. I didn’t know at a young age that hair simply makes people happy. I have turned that into a successful career. I also wanted a career that was ever changing, challenging, and fulfilling. Hair is constantly giving and taking. Learning, making mistakes, overcoming obstacles, growth. Every year I am in this field I find more and more that I truly love what I do. I truly love connecting to people in more ways then just doing their hair. This career has also allowed me to live with endless opportunities to expand my happiness. I can travel with my family, enjoy time off, and never feel burnt out about my job. I feel I don’t have a job because I enjoy every minute of it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started my journey around 11 years ago as a single mother. I didn’t want to just provide for my son, I wanted to thrive. I put myself through Cosmology school and took every certification I could get. It wasn’t always easy but showing my son to work hard and earn your way has made him into an intelligent young man. I am constantly improving on my skills as a hairstylist so I can provide the best services to my guests. I am not without failures, but I learn and grow. Best advice is for me to stay humble and always give my best even on my worst days. I not only want to give my guests the best but I want to help people feel good about themselves. Making people happy and finding love in themselves again.
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?
I love Tucson, I was born and raised here. There is so much to see and do. Some of my favorite places to eat are The Parish, Trident, Barrio, and El Berraco. I love fun cocktails so I always have to go to GoodOak Bar, 47 Scott, HighWire to name a few. As for the sightseeing I would suggest Sonoran Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon, Mt Lemmon, or a simple walk down 4th Ave or University.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have two people who are definitely my mentors and drive me to excel in my life and career. First would be my husband Dennis Dickey. Who is the owner of Fundamental Strength and Fitness. He has taught me to manage my time both mentally and physically. Pushes me to take another class, invest in myself to push to be the best. Watching him with his business and becoming successful drives me to be better. Without him I would have never started my own business. Second, would be my dear friend Blaire Lometti. She is a realtor who is head strong, smart, and drives women to be successful. She has always been my cheerleader behind my success.
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