Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Rowan.
Brittany, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
What’s interesting is I don’t come from the beauty industry, I’m not a stylist, make-up artist, or esthetician, my professional background is corporate, producing multi-million dollar events for Fortune clients. About one year ago, I was getting an airbrush tan prior to a friend’s wedding and looked around and thought, “there’s nothing curated or special about this space or this experience”. A few months later, I launched Glow Girl Color Bar with the goal to create an elevated, experience-driven brand for clients to enjoy just as much as the tan, itself. I’m thrilled to be in the health and beauty industry, working to be an expert in sun protection and an advocate for clean beauty products.
Has it been a smooth road?
As a solo business owner, I have certainly struggled at times determining next steps, securing financing, and making important decisions by myself. I’ve funded Glow Girl entirely on my own and obtaining the necessary money was a lot more challenging than I realized. I naively assumed that with good credit, a steady salary, and zero debt that I could secure any amount of funding necessary, but that’s not the case (at all). It took several meetings and some creativity to pull it off, but in the end, it all worked out and I’m really proud of making it all happen on my own.
I’ll tell you a great story about one minor setback I faced recently…I picked up my Sprinter, after nearly three months of build and design customization (and a lot of money) and no less than twenty minutes after I had the completed vehicle in my possession, I wrecked it. I was trying to be extra careful by keeping it off my residential street, so moved it to a space in the alley and backed it right into a second story stairwell, made of concrete and steel (it didn’t show up on my backup camera because it was so high!). As you can imagine, I was extremely mad at myself and had a hard time accepting my mistake. I woke up the next morning wanting to hide from the monster in the alley but knew there was no way to gain that comfort and rebuild my confidence than by driving it. That day I ran a ton of errands, all around town, and by the end of the day, was back in control. My takeaway that weekend, when something bad happens, you cannot let a minor setback erode your confidence. You have to get back in the saddle (Sprinter) and tackle your fear head-on, it’s the only way to navigate through obstacles you’re facing and once you’re on the other side, you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve grown.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Glow Girl Color Bar – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Glow Girl is an organic airbrush tanning company. We customize an organic and all-natural solution based on our client’s skin tone, hair color, and eye color. What we do isn’t so unique, but what sets us apart from others in the industry is our brand makeup. In addition to providing clients with an exceptional airbrush tan, we are creating an experience-driven service, from the time our clients engage with us to ask questions, inquire, or schedule an appointment, all the way through the end of their appointment, carrying through their engagement with us on social media. We know the power of an attainable luxury and a great experience so if we can build a lasting memory and a happy moment for our clients because of the look, feel, smell, and sound of our space, in addition to their clean tan, we’re pleased. We just want to make you feel good.
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
I had an epiphany recently. I was on a flight to LA to source some fabric for a product I’m creating and was wondering what makes some people so driven and outwardly able to put their ideas to action versus others who are not wired that way. I thought back to my childhood and realized how much my mom played a role in who I am today. Growing up, I wanted my mom to be the “mommy” type….making my lunches every day (middle school), booking my dentist appointments for me (high school), and sending care packages (college) like other moms. It must be said that my mom did everything and some more to ensure our lives were perfect in many ways….from our holidays, vacations, outfits, birthday parties, she made everything special and worked hard to ensure that our family experiences and memories were exceptional. However, she didn’t hold our hand when she didn’t need to. What she was doing was getting us comfortable with putting ourselves outside of our comfort zones. She didn’t order our meals for us. She made us engage with waiters and order on our own since we were able to speak. She didn’t book doctor appointments when I could very easily use the phone and book one myself. When you get comfortable with taking risks and getting outside of your comfort zone, you gain self- confidence. I held onto that for a long time, wondering why she just didn’t book my appointments for me like all my other friends’ moms. On that flight, I realized it was because I was not handheld through life and was not only encouraged, but forced to make appointments, make mistakes, make things happen. Thank you, Mom.