Welcome to "Where Are They Now?", a series that follows the journey of individuals who have attended one our course and how they have applied the skills and knowledge gained with us in their professional and personal lives. We believe that learning is a lifelong journey, and we take pride in knowing that our program has had a positive impact on the lives of our attendees.
We are thrilled to introduce Bree Smith as the first alumna in our "Where Are They Now?" series. Bree attended our Combined Full Day Hands-On Training Course in February 2022, as well as our business course on "How to start your own Aesthetic Business" with Laura Benarosch and our SOHO House VIP speaker series. Bree knows The Confidence Lab up close and personal.
We hope that Bree's story will inspire and motivate others to pursue their own passions and ambitions. You can following Brees ongoing story at her Instragram page:
What were you doing before you got into aesthetics?
I have been a nurse for 10 years, 9 in emergency and trauma.
What inspired you to pursue a career in aesthetics?
I have always loved skin care and esthetics! I loved being a nurse and helping others. I did not really know years ago how to get into aesthetics and I kept thinking I don’t “look” like what I thought an injector should look like. I knew that what wanted though was to combine my love to help people with my love skin care and wellness. I wanted to help others with their self confidence. I am passionate about helping others achieve their goals and boosting self confidence. I love the science and precision of aesthetics and how little enhancements can make a huge difference. Everyday I pinch myself knowing that I am happy to go to work!
Why did you choose The Confidence Lab's training program?
I was pretty particular about the training I was investing in. I knew it was more important to go with a reputable training course rather than the quickest or cheapest route. I had done a lot research and wanted to find a place that felt like me, that matched my values and philosophy and where I felt like I belonged. I found Rana Kennelly and The Confidence Bar with the suggestion from my injector and when I saw Rana’s Instagram and the Confidence Bar I knew this was the place for me. Everyone seemed “normal” to me- like not intimidating and they were funny and personable. The philosophy of Rana, her staff, and of the Confidence Bar was exactly what I was looking for! I knew that Rana was well experienced, a globally and nationally known and was trainer as well. I found the courses to be affordable and appropriate and I loved the option of doing the didactic online and the hands on there at The Confidence Bar. Everything I was looking for was wrapped up in this amazing group! When I met Rana for the first time it was like the ultimate fan girl moment for me. Rana and her group are the absolute best, the kindest, smartest, and most down to earth people I’ve ever met. I was so nervous going in thinking to myself WTH am I doing until I walked in and was immediately greeted by Rana- who reminded us that being on time was already late and I LOVED IT! I was also having a pretty rough time in my personal life and honestly I couldn’t have asked to have been surrounded by better people. I felt accepted, loved, and encouraged after just a short time with these amazing ladies! I had the absolute pleasure to work with Nusha, Rachel, and Christina, Lamija and Olivia. I even went back a few weeks later for a seminar. I could not recommend training and seminars at The Confidence Bar more. I also met some amazing injector friends though these trainings and have made lifelong connections. I also love that I can reach out to Rana and any of the staff at the Confidence Bar for anything! I cannot wait to go back!
What exactly are you doing now?
I am now in an injector with two experienced injectors in Bellevue WA! I started in their own residency type program where they provide training and support for me as a new injector.
What is your favorite aspect of working in the field of aesthetics?
I love the look on someone’s face when they are surprisingly pleased with their results. Nothing makes me more happy than seeing someone’s face light up after their injections are done and seeing that little light in their eyes! Just helping others with a little self confidence boost! I also love being able to do what I love by combing my passion and love for skin care and nursing.
What advice would you give to those considering a career in this field?
A career in aesthetics isn’t a sprint. It takes passion and patience. Aesthetics requires ALOT of continuous education and it’s not all glamorous and a way to make a ton of money quickly. If this is your dream, as it is mine, remember to invest in yourself and your education, in your trainings you take and have patience. Also, it’s very important to surround yourself with great mentors and peers who share a similar philosophy and who promote community over competition. Network and actively engage with other injectors on social media!
Follow your dreams, don’t let anyone tell you no or you’re not good enough or that you don’t “look” like an injector. Remember that it will happen - it may not happen overnight but trust the process. YOU GOT THIS!