Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenna Thomas.
Hi Jenna, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started trying to get my foot in the door with aesthetics in 2016 but didn’t start my own business until after the first wave of covid shutdowns. During the few months home with my son, I had time to reflect on what I truly wanted for my career and to be more in control of my schedule. I didn’t want to miss anything anymore or feel rushed to get to work every day. When it was okay to start working again, I was doing facials while also working part-time for a Medspa an hour away from home. I was drained and tired. I took the risk of renting my own space and it was totally worth it! Fast forward to now, only a year and six months in, and I will soon have my own building in Downtown Corsicana! My space was too large for just me, and in my heart, I didn’t want to be a salon owner. After praying about it and seeing a Tik Tok of a selfie museum, that’s when the ideas started flowing for me. I decided to turn the excess space into a photography studio/rental space for anyone wanting a studio for branding photoshoots, family photos, or even children’s birthday parties! My second passion has always been interior design so to be able to find unique and fun setups that everyone can enjoy and love has been exactly what my creative heart needed. I can’t wait to show everyone what I have envisioned for so long!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I wouldn’t say it’s been smooth but I have trusted from day one that everything will work out and be okay. Failure just isn’t an option. I try to make lemonade with the lemons life has given me. There will always be bad days that make you worry in business. Trust the process and have faith and go for the crazy ideas.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
At Not Your Average Esti I specialize in custom facials, brow lamination, and lash lifts! Everyone who walks in my door gets a custom treatment for their skin concern. I take the time to find the perfect regimen for them so they can feel their best!
I want readers to know about my new business venture that will have its Grand Opening in January of 2022. Not Your Avg Esti will be located inside my new business. ‘The 903″
The 903 is a place for photographers to come and shoot studio sessions, a place local boutiques can shoot, influencer shoots, rental space for events/parties, and host special pop-up photo events for all of Corsicana’s downtown events! My goal is to bring in trendy and unique furniture and different props every season. I am excited to bring something fun to my community and offer a place everyone feels like they can be themselves no matter what their style is!
Not Your Avg Esti was my Instagram handle I gave myself in esthetician school when I was making my vision board for my future brand, and it’s truly fitting for me because I am definitely not your average esthetician. I’m also a determined entrepreneur with big goals for myself. I have so many passions, but the main one is helping others and making them feel good. At the end of the day that is what truly makes me feel the best about me.
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
I feel like my personality is the most important quality in my success. I can find common ground with anyone. We all have a story to tell. We all need someone to talk to, and I love being that person. You never know what someone could teach you. I am a free spirit and have lived a really fun life for a 28-year-old. I’ve learned a lot just from being nice and talking to people judgment free!
- Instagram: @notyouravg.esti, @the903studio
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