Today's Mogul in the Making entrepreneur spotlight features Melissa Hibbert, a former Corporate Marketing Executive who turned her passion for Beauty into a thriving empire! Melissa's business platform includes dedicated celebrity, corporate & private clients, a celebrated makeup brand – SHEEQ Cosmetics, a variety of proprietary Beauty industry related events, and also a new venture into production with her new docu-series “Behind The Glam”.Melissa's work can be seen on BRAVO TV, Oxygen Network, WeTV, TV ONE, VH1, BET, CBS, CENTRIC TV and a variety of syndicated networks. In addition Melissa's work has been featured in leading Beauty Industry publications, including several digital platforms like Brides Magazine, Essence Magazine, Brides.com, BET.com, Essence.com, Ehow.com, YouTube and more. Further, her work has been published on the cover and in the pages of several beauty & lifestyle magazines and is a frequent contributor to leading Beauty and Lifestyle blogs such as "In Her Shoes", "She Runs It", Small Business Trend Setter Magazine and is a frequent contributor to the "Makeup Artist Diary" beauty column in the February, May, September 2014 and May 2015 issues of Sophisticates Black Hair Magazine. Check out her interview...
Name: Melissa R. Hibbert Location: Beverly Hills, CA Title: Celebrity Makeup Artist & Beauty Entrepreneur Business Name: Beauty by Melissa Hibbert and SHEEQ Cosmetics Years in Business: 4 yearsAre you a full or part time business owner? I am a fulltime business owner Why did you start your business? Beauty is my passion. I worked in Corporate Marketing for 14 years and I was, by all accounts successful, but my true calling is running a thriving business in Beauty.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? The most rewarding aspect of having my own business is never having to wait for permission to do things I want to do and bring my ideas to life. I have the freedom to create and maximize my full potential with no limitations. That is the beauty of having my own business! What are your biggest challenges? The biggest challenges are wearing many hats and making sure things are balanced and not vulnerable due to being spread too thin. The other challenge is ensuring that you are accountable for not only the brand but the spending – it’s easy to want to participate, sponsor, do events, donate etc., but I have learned to say No, and be comfortable with those decisions. Not everyone will understand your business strategy, so it’s important to have a sense of discernment in all aspects of my business.
What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I’ve received is to never sell myself short...to know that my time, skills, ideas, creativity etc., all have value and worth. Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show? I do have a go to team. These are people that I trust and I find to be reliable when I need them. When I first started, I was a one woman show but over time, I have been much more open to delegate responsibilities and trust that they will be executed to my standard.
Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? Overall, in 5 years, I see myself leading my thriving Beauty empire that encompasses my cosmetics line, web & television content, publications, events and management firm all of which will empower, entertain, and inspire others through Beauty. What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making? My advice to Moguls in the Making is to believe 100% in yourself and to never be afraid to shine. There is a purpose and calling on all of our lives and in order to thrive and succeed, it will require all of us to let our light shine bright and to be excellent in each and every endeavor. When we shine, we give others permission to do the same. To learn more about Melissa Hibbert and Sheeq Cosmetics, connect with her online at:
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