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

Hi Janine, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
My work/life balance has changed greatly over time. I think balance is definitely extremely important to strive for as a business owner. In the beginning of my career, I worked all the jobs I was offered, did all of the trade gigs for exposure and assisted other makeup artists and hair stylists whenever possible in order to network. On top of working multiple hair and makeup jobs at all hours of the day and night, I was constantly marketing the business, doing all of the behind-the-scenes business tasks, answering every phone call or text even if it was early morning or late at night, or during one of my kid’s extracurriculars. I realized in continuing that behavior, I was missing out on the important things that were happening with my family, in addition to getting burnt out. So, I started to set some boundaries for myself when it came to work. It was hard to let go of some of those old habits at first, but my work/life balance is so much better for it now.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started as a professional makeup artist in my teens and worked it as a side hustle until I was in my early thirties. When I was laid off of my corporate job during a recession, I decided to take the leap and become a licensed cosmetologist so that I could also perform hair services. After graduating and finding my way to a salon home that I love (shoutout to the Twisted Bohemian Salon crew), I built a team of artists and stylists to take on location with me for larger events.

MUAH by J – Hair & Makeup Artistry is a team of hair stylists and makeup artists who travel to locations across the state offering beauty services for weddings, special occasions and special events. While those types of events are more common for us, we also have a background in theater and film, including special effects makeups.

There are always some obstacles to overcome when building a business, but learning from past lessons and listening to others who have already built their successful businesses really made it much easier than anticipated. I built the business over time and changed things, as necessary, to grow it into what it is today.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If a friend visited that hadn’t been here before, we would definitely visit many of the unique sites in Colorado Springs: Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Cave of the Winds, and Old Colorado City and Manitou.

If they wanted to venture a bit further out, I’d recommend a hot spring like Pagosa or Mount Princeton, or a visit to Estes Park or the Great Sand Dunes.

I’d recommend eating at MacKenzie’s Steakhouse, Paravicini’s or Mother Muff’s, but we truly have so many more food options here than we used to, so it would depend if they were craving something in particular.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d first like to shoutout my thanks to my mother for her love and encouragement throughout the years. No matter what crazy idea I had or whatever phase I was going through, she always supported my choices.

Shoutout to my dad who taught me about having a great work ethic!

Big shoutout to my husband who has been so supportive and understanding. I’ve been working on that work/life balance!

I’d also like to shoutout to my team, Corrina, Beth and Brianne, who have not only been supportive, but have also put in a lot of time and effort and also encouraged me more than they know. I truly believe it takes a great team to be successful and this team is nothing short of amazing.

Website: http://www.muahbyj.com

Instagram: @muahbyj

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/makeupandhairbyjanine

Other: WeddingWire: https://www.weddingwire.com/biz/muah-by-j-makeup-hair-artistry-colorado-springs/5264b30638c3d4d0.html?idStorefront=383825

Image Credits
Photo of bride #1 (long haired brunette): Sweet Like Pie Photography Photo of bride #2 (light blonde): MUAH by J Photo of bride #3 (black hair): Bohac Photography Photo of bride #4 (red hair): Brad Livengood Photography Photo of woman in black and white: The Secret Pinup Me facepainting the sugar skull: RAW Awards Colorado Springs photographer Pinup Girl Skinned body Art: Broken Glass Photography

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