We had the good fortune of connecting with Amaya Spencer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amaya, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
I am a 33 year old mother to a 15 year daughter, a 13 year old son, and a one year old daughter, and honestly the most important and impactful thing I’ve done as their parent is the way I’ve shown them not to give up on themselves or their goals through my success as well as my mistakes. Since I was a young mother my children have basically grown up with me, and although I wouldn’t recommend anyone being a parent that young, I wouldn’t change it for anything. My process of being a young and single mother has shaped us into the people we are today, and has taught my children that if you truly want to make something of yourself it is absolutely possible. My children watched me go from not knowing what I was doing or why I was doing it in terms of a career to deciding I was going to do whatever it takes to bring my goals of owning my own business to life. After pursuing and completing my bachelor’s degree to move up from working as a trainer at an insurance company for 10 years I was laid off. The relationship I was in failed, and for the first time since I was 15 I was jobless, and I had to move in with family, I literally had to start over.
For years I told every single person that I knew that I wanted to be an Esthetican and own my own business but that I couldn’t find time to commit to school in person, and be a single parent. No time was better than after being laid off. I went to school full-time, again. Living off of my savings and sacrificing everything I promised my children it would be worth it.
Now I own my own business. I took everything I knew from my bachelor’s degree and applied it to running my own business. I started doing eyelashes and waxing in my aunt’s basement to having my own beautiful suite where I employ another Esthetican. My children have been through it all with me and they have helped me grow through this process and understand that they can do anything they want in life, no matter what obstacles are put in their way.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I was inspired to pursue beauty as a career because of the way the beauty industry has given me confidence to feel beautiful personally. I am now a 33 year old single mother of 3 amazing children who STILL suffers from severe acne. I started having acne when I was 10 years old and I have never had a clear face of skin since.
I tried every medication and over the counter treatment there is (except Accutane) and as time went on and nothing else worked I started using makeup. I quickly learned that makeup wasn’t just an acne cover up mechanism for me, it was something that fueled my soul and was an outlet of creativity that I never knew I was missing. I’ve done weddings of makeup, homecoming, prom, or special events for free just because I loved having the opportunity to be able to make people look and feel their best. Being able to use my talent to make others feel beautiful and confident makes me feel complete, and gives me an outlet of feeling fulfilled in ways nothing else does.
Finally, at the age of 33, and after telling everyone I knew for over 10 years I wanted to do this, I became an Esthetican with the goal in mind that nothing would stop me from becoming a permanent makeup artist and owning my own business. Now that I’m finally licensed as an Esthetican my next step is to get going in the permanent makeup industry and I cannot wait!
It’s been a lifelong goal of mine to help make others feel confident and beautiful knowing the way beauty makes me feel. I invested every dollar I had to my name in my business while sacrificing living in my own place, and I am willing to continue to do so to make my dreams come true, and to make every person who comes my way feel their best.
Right now I have built my brand by doing eyelash extensions but my goal is to move from my current suite to being a salon owner who offers a platform of training and success to others like myself who will stop at nothing to accomplish their goals with a passion in beauty by doing eyelash extensions and permanent makeup. I want to be so good at what I do that I can train others their new skills too.
Getting my business going was extremely difficult. After a failed relationship that I felt like required me to give up everything I had going well for myself to make successful, but still didn’t work out, and having a baby, I ended up losing my job of being a trainer for 10 years as well. I suddenly had to move in with family where I was renting out my aunt’s basement living with my 3 children, and living off of my savings. Although the year prior I had just completed my bachelor’s degree, I decided I was going to enroll in school to become a licensed Esthetician. Throughout my entire time that I was enrolled in beauty school I worked on the side perfecting my skills of becoming an eyelash technician as well as practicing tooth gems, henna brows, brow lamination, and waxing in my aunt and uncle’s basement, while investing all my money into being prepared to open my own business. I wanted to make sure my skills were advanced by the time I graduated so that I could jump right into starting my own business. Everyone told me starting my own business was a bad idea. Countless people told me I should work in a salon first and get salon experience. I honestly felt there was nothing a salon could teach me that I couldn’t learn and do on my own. I had a job lined up with a well known eyelash tech in Colorado Springs that I eventually turned down to go off on my own. I started off on my aunt’s basement and then shortly after moved into my own suite. Shortly after moving into my own suite and building a clientele, I hired another Esthetican to work part time fulfilling her goal to be a water. Now I’m ready to expand into a bigger suite.
I’ll definitely be able to move out of my aunts basement now and show my kids that the sacrifice and risk was worth the reward. Hopefully in 10 years my children will stop at nothing to accomplish every goal they set their minds to because they saw it possible through me.
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 were visiting from another area then one of the first places that I would take my best friend would be of course to the garden of the gods. From there my best friend and I would visit some of the Hot Springs that Colorado has to offer because it is hands down an incredible experience that I feel like everyone needs to have. Especially Glenwood Springs! We’d visit the Hot Springs there, the adventure park and ride the rides, and eventually hike up to view the beauty of Hanging Lake, as well as Maroon Bells.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Although I worked hard and sacrificed a lot to own my own business, I couldn’t have done it without the support from so many people. First of all my two older children Teya and Dominic, as well as my mom and sisters by helping me in so many ways especially by watching over my youngest daughter Alayah while I countlessly tried to perfect all of my skills and build my brand. My daughter Teya also has been my guinea pig for everything new I’ve tried and trusted me with no hesitation. My aunt and uncle graciously allowed me and my children to live with them so that I could go to school to become a licensed Esthetican and pour everything I had into starting my own business and brand. A huge shoutout goes to my social media following of amazing family, friends, and clients who have helped me get my name and business out into the community. I thought for sure it would take me years to build a clientele, but with the help of everyone my business has taken off very quickly! Last but certainly not least, Kalli! Kalli has mentored me through it all. She has been so forward, supportive, and helpful through my whole process and I will always be grateful for her.
Ashlee Brown with Creative Captures Photography and Booth Rentals