Leah: When I started my business at the young age of 19, I lost a handful of clients to skin cancer in my first two years of business. In this business you can have special, unique, and personal relationships with your clients, and when these five passed away it was heartbreaking for me. It was also right before the time Shonda Schilling (Wife of Red Sox baseball star Curt Schilling) started to become a strong advocate for skin cancer awareness. I spoke at lectures, and was invited as a guest speaker to many of these different types of awareness events, which became a passion of mine. It also pushed me to search and experiment with all things spray tan. Products, machines, solutions. You name it. I was determined to provide and educate people on a healthy alternative.
Personally and professionally I have always been passionate about a healthy, balanced life style, which at the end of the day makes a huge difference in the outcome of your skin.
Over the last 16 years, spray tanning has made huge progress. I started with hand-body treatments, clear solutions, smelly solutions, and then I found Aviva. For the past 7 years I have not only been an educator for the company, but it has made a huge difference in the quality of the service I can provide for my clients.
Aviva: Thank you for sharing your amazing journey! You’ve been in the industry for a long time. What other services do you offer?
Leah: I’ve been in business for 16 years. I’m a licensed aesthetician, spray tanner, masseuse, lash extensionist, and makeup artist.
Aviva: Quite the resume! In the end, why did you choose Aviva?
Leah: In the last 16 years I had the chance to work with many brands. Not only have I found Aviva to be the best product, I also can’t say enough about the people behind the brand, and that is important to me as a small business owner.
Aviva: That’s something that’s important to us too: giving back to those who support us. Can you tell us, how has Aviva helped your business grow?
Leah: Aviva has helped me grow by always staying on top of their game when it comes to their brand the quality of their products. When I need them, they are always willing to go over and above, which in this day and age is a rare quality you find in a business.
Aviva: Well if you’re happy, we’re happy! So we have to ask: what is your favorite part of being a spray tan business owner?
Leah: It is an affordable service that lasts for days. Unlike a blow out that can last for the day or the event, you’re happy with your spray tan for days! When you can make people feel and look their best in seconds it is simply so rewarding!
Aviva: Finally, if you could give one piece of advice to someone starting their business, what would it be?
Leah: You want to be passionate and enthusiastic in whatever you do in life!