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Life & Work with Leeyah Azhané

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leeyah Azhané.

Hi Leeyah, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’m originally from PA, I knew at a young age the beauty industry was where I was supposed to be. From doing crazy things to my own hair, testing out makeup, constantly watching beauty YouTubers and being destined to be like them. When I graduated high school up north. I moved down to Atlanta and went to Aveda. It was up for me from there. As soon as I graduated from AVEDA and was licensed I worked in different hair salons. Hair was my first passion. I have worked in lash studios doing lash extensions as well and taking my own lash clients. I have worked in wax centers doing full body waxing and right now I am currently a full-time makeup artist as MAC Cosmetics which I love.… I’m still in the process of figuring out EXACTLY what I want to do and EXACTLY where I want to be… I now have a one-year-old and he motivated me and pushes me to become that better version of myself and get back on the track that GOD has set out for me despite any obstacles along the way. Seems for me slow and steady wins the race. Staying focused is becoming key for me… building my clientele and honing in on my niche and my craft. I was destined for greatness, that is where I see myself and successful is what I shall be.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has been a super bumpy road to say the least! Building clientele and staying focused gets hard when there is always distractions.. or something/someone there to discourage you. When it isn’t that it’s trying not to discourage myself. Atlanta is filled with talented hairstylists, makeup artists, waxers, and lash technicians. I always find myself questioning myself and saying “what makes me any different” “it’s so over-saturated I’m not sure how I can make myself stand out” etc. I’m realizing to really work hard and become the best woman, mom, and master cosmetologist I could possibly be who loves what she does daily. Stopping negative self-talk, no more self-doubt, just pushing forward and straight hustle. Tunnel vision is what will keep you locked in and focused. Cutting out distractions. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it’s the courage to continue is what counts”. No matter how stagnant I feel or find myself I will always keep pushing forward toward my dreams.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a master cosmetologist. I do hair, makeup, lash extensions, and full body waxing. I have a brand and business by the name of Muse By Leeyah LLC because everything I create is a muse! I’m most proud of how no matter what is thrown at me in life I always see myself successful and living out my dreams. Teaching others… I feel like what sets me apart is that I’m not a typical girl with thousands of followers on social media, but I’m a person of many hats and talents. I breathe beauty, it’s what I have wanted to do since such a young age… however with me having ADHD it makes things hard. When I was in denial it used to be a huge issue for me as a kid. Especially in school, but as I’m getting older I’m learning how to cope and handle it, it only gets better from here.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Slow and steady wins the race. Your journey is not everyone else’s and everyone’s journey is not yours. The more I compare myself and my journey to others the more stagnant I find myself. The key is tunnel vision on me and focus on ME. No one else, because if I fail it will fall on me and affect ME. No one else.

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