“Don’t stay in a job that doesn’t make you feel happy to go to everyday.”
Life doesn’t always go as planned, and oftentimes we can find ourselves on a path that isn’t for us. GirlCrew member, Linda spent over a decade as a chef before deciding to make a drastic change. “After working as chef for over 10 years, my Dad passed away and it put a lot of things into perspective for me. [I] wasn’t that happy in my current role and I decided I wanted to pursue a career in the beauty industry.”
Swopping the knives for nails, Linda set up NewLookFX, a boutique specialising in all things beauty. Along with treatments, Linda also offers make-up classes for adults and teens. Despite this change, there are some things that have remained the same and Linda still finds herself working unusual hours to fulfil the needs of her clients – although now this has become something she relishes.
“I understand that not everyone works a 9-5 job and that is why I cater to people at odd hours of the day, working to a schedule that suits YOU.” Putting the customer first drives Linda, and she is keen to ensure that each client gets a service that makes them feel special. “Here at NewLookFX I strive to provide a personalised approach to beauty, I listen to my client’s needs and do my utmost to achieve their goals.”
With this in mind, Linda has opened her business to people of all ages, and they are flocking to her store. “I have clients of all age ranges from 18 – 70, I enjoy chatting with them over a fresh made cappuccino as they get their treatments! I have tried to create a welcoming homey atmosphere where people can relax, unwind and enjoy a little ”me time”.” If you’re looking for a little me-time, and are based in Wicklow, make sure you pop into Linda for all your beauty needs.
1. What is the best thing about your role?
Making people feel good about themselves, watching their joyful reactions after their treatments, giving people self-confidence.
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
Transitioning from the hectic atmosphere of the kitchen as a chef to a relaxed environment.
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
From Hospitality – Being put forward for the Gordon Ramsey scholarship competition and competing in same. Within the beauty industry – Gaining a Merit in my ITEC qualification and opening my own business.
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
Life is short. Don’t stay in a job that doesn’t make you feel happy to go to everyday, its never too late to change career/ Start over.
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
You’re here for a good time not a long time! Make the most of it, work/play life balance is best and do something that makes you happy.