A. | How do you define yourself?

I am a big dreamer and a natural leader. I am a very driven and highly pro-active person and be- cause I am also an optimistic person I don’t get let down very easily and instead persevering. I like to hit my goals so I stay very focused. I like being kind and patient to those who are near me. I think I like to thrive and prevail.

A. | What is your daily work routine?

I have three jobs.

In the morning the first thing I do is I go onto Instagram. Instagram is my way of seeing whats new and being inspired for the day—it sets the tone for how I am going to wear my makeup and maybe what I am going to wear for the day.

And then I go into business. I have to have a cup of coffee in my hands and I review any information I need to prepare for my day of clients that I have.

My main job is that I am a salon consultant. I work with salons in the downtown Seattle area on help- ing them grow their business; on how to gain and retain clients and how to increase total revenues.

In the evenings and on the weekends, that is my time for make-up artistry. I am an educator for cos- metics. I go into business and teach other new makeup artists how to get started and grow their business and then I also do clients and run a business with my sister.

My whole day is balanced around being all of that as well as being a wife and a mom.

A. | What do you do out side of your work routine? 

Anything that is unorganized. I love to shop; I love thrift store shopping and up cycling. Also, any- thing that is social with my friends is how I love to spend my fertile because it requires no structure at all—the very opposite of my daily life.

A. | How did you become interested in the fashion industry? 

I was born with brushes in my hand. I never actually realized that it was what was meant to be. I went to school with the intentions of becoming a doctor. I had come to the point where I needed to make the decision to go to my final schooling process and I couldn't do it. I was speaking with my mom who is a nurse and she had said, ‘Marci, you would be so much better off in the beauty industry, you love people, you love fashion, and you love to talk, why don’t you go and do something that makes you happy?” That was the point where I realized that the things I did for fun on the side could be- come my job. I cannot thank my mom enough for that conversation.

A. | What are you most proud of in your career?

Overall how well respected I am amongst my peers is something that I am really proud of and that my sisters want to be in the industry with me; that I can have a company that they want to be a part of and I get to work with them and help them achieve their own goals and I can be a source of their inspiration which is something that I am really proud of.

A. | What is "fashion?" How does it play a role in your life?

Well fashion to me is beautiful, prideful expression. To me personally, it shows the world who I am and who I want to be. For me, it is also a collection of memories. When I see things come around the bend in terms of trends I am able to think things like: “oh my gosh that reminds me of the outfit my grandma used to wear...” it is not only an expression and pride of who I am it also allows me to reflect on my past and my families past.

A. | What are the biggest challenges you have overcome in the past?

It took my a long time to realize that nothing is ever going to be perfect. There is not a perfect time or place to put yourself out there. It has taken me a long time to recognize that nothing is ever going to be perfect.

A. | Whats your vision for your work?

To get more of a “this is who I am as an artist,” and “this is who I am as a consultant” to make sure that there is clear branding of my personality and what it is that I can accomplish.

A. | How does oppression and privilege influence people’s success in your industry?

We have all made something out of nothing and I have watched it happen to many people I know and with myself. Some of them have made huge successes just to loose it all and the people who learn to change and move forward will prevail. No matter what the circumstances are, the ones that take it and turn it into an opportunity for themselves are the ones that will inspire us.

A. | How do you define success?

Living my life exactly how I want to be and feeling energized by it. My husband makes a joke of “where are you going to put that in your schedule?” because I love to take on more and more and more because I get so excited by it that to me it is not work. It is being able to give back to others. It is liking myself, loving what I do and being proud of how I do it.

A. | What is unique about Seattle’s fashion industry?

For it is the diversity. That is what I love about Seattle. I am from a mixed family; my husband is black and we have a mixed child. I love that there is every single type of person here, there is every type of group of person, there is every color of person and I love that there is so much diversity within my own network and within my own friends. We all like to learn from each-other. For me that what is so fascination and inspiring to me here is that people can come here and feel comfortable and who they are and have the freedom to express themselves and be out there. That is what I love about Seattle.

A. | What makes a good team?

There is a quote in there that says something like “a leader that has desire, vision and focus and people who can share these will make an outstanding team”

A. | From where do you get the most inspiration?

I have a little girl that will tell me that she wants so the an astronaut and tomorrow that she wants to be a hair dresser and the next day she might want to be a marine biologists and all I keep telling her is “we need all that,” girls with dreams become women with vision and that inspiring.

A. | What do you think are the most important traits in your industry?

Community and Strategic Partnerships. We all find people who can lift us up and we may also find people that might tear us down. You see a lot of us trying to become a community and find mutual opportunity. People trying to partner and lift each-other up is what I am noticing a lot of now in Seattle.

A. | What do you want to see more of in Seattle's fashion industry?

Seattle gets isolated. A lot of times when we think of fashion we think of E.Coast and W.Coast. as in NY and LA. There is so many talented people in this area but sometimes we don’t look beyond mu- sic for what we have going on in Seattle. What I am noticing a lot more of are more fashion shows, more fashion events and definitely more events that are happening to drive more attention here but I still feel like it is in this kind of bubble of Seattle. I feel as if we are still waiting to be seen.

A. | What would you recommend to yourself 20 years ago?
Be ballsy. It is ok to put yourself out there for what it is that you want and be mindful to take notice of opportunities so that you can grab them.