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Where Are They Now? Angela Anderson

Welcome to "Where Are They Now?", a series that follows the journey of individuals who have attended one of our courses 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.

Angela Anderson, BSN, RN

Introducing Angela Anderson the newest addition to our "Where Are They Now?" series. Angela recently took part in a Customized Full Day Advanced Training with Cristina Herman. Here is an Instagram reel from the training.

What were you doing before you got into aesthetics?

I was working full time as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. When I started becoming interested in aesthetics, I figured it would be helpful to learn more about that world by working in it. So, I made the transition to working in the operating room with plastic surgeons at Northwestern.

What inspired you to pursue a career in aesthetics?

Being a patient myself! Growing up I was a huge tomboy. The world of beauty didn’t interest me at all, my main concern was being the first pick for the kickball team. In my early 20’s I started having hormonal issues that led me to the hands of an esthetician. After experiencing a huge confidence boost from seeing my issues resolve, I decided I wanted to do the same for others – while still using my degree. That led me to aesthetic nursing!

Why did you choose The Confidence Lab's training program?

I had a colleague of mine highly recommended Rana. I did my intro course during the heat of the pandemic in November of 2020. With all the uncertainty going on in the world during such a serious time, Rana and her team welcomed everyone with open arms and warm smiles. It was a such breath of fresh air (no pun intended) being able to laugh while learning about what the aesthetic world has to offer. The Confidence Lab is so inviting, supportive, and free of judgement & I think that is what continues to draw me back.

What is your favorite aspect of working in the field of aesthetics?

I love that there is always something to learn. I’ve noticed that in my nursing career I hate being stagnant. The world of aesthetics is always evolving with SO many different realms of learning. I love that I will be a forever student – I’m a firm believer that there is always room for improvement.

What are you doing now?

I am currently full time in school pursuing my MSN – FNP. I also work as needed at a surgery center and am working a side hustle in aesthetic medicine! I am my own independent provider at Advancing Aesthetics Suites. I work under a clinical director, but I am my own boss. After taking an introductory course it was hard to find a job without experience. This gives me the opportunity to use the skills I learned, gain experience, and still learn from the mentorship of my clinical director. I am always looking to provide the best care and outcomes to my patients, so I continue to invest in myself with education. It has really paid off.

What advice would you give to those considering a career in this field?

If this is something you are truly passionate about, don’t doubt that you will get to where you want to be. I took my introductory aesthetics class back in 2020 and didn’t get to actively start practicing till Oct of 2023.

Don’t let interviews that fall through discourage you. Stay consistent, find ways to continue to learn on a budget (social media, Patreon), network, VOLUNTEER TO BE A MODEL AT TRAININGS – not only do you get to experience these treatments firsthand, but you also get to sit in and listen to the plethora of knowledge these providers have. When there is a will there is way!


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