Thursday, November 12, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Creative Artist" Riska Crowder

Riska Crowder, The Power house experimented with the art of cosmetology early on in her youth which determined her lifelong career as a true beauty consultant. In 2007, Riska became a licensed cosmetologist at the Fort Worth Beauty School and graduated in June of 2009. Excelling in the field of cosmetology. In May 2009 to working with one of the top brands in the beauty industry: the “World Famous” M.A.C. (Makeup Artist Cosmetics).Riska became one of the PREMIER certified M.A.C. consultants until August 2011. These experiences opened the gateway for her to create her own identified brand known as “Lady Lashes” – a lash extension and makeup boutique located in JELA’s Epiphany Salon in Fort Worth,TX. Her business continues to blossom as crowds of people from all over the DFW area gravitateto experience her art and exceptional customer service. Recently her amazing talent allowed her showcase her artistry on some of Gospel Music’s heaviest hitters, David and Tamela Mann at the 2013 Stellar Awards in Nashville, TN.

TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

Riska Crowder: The obstacles I faced in the beginning were finding balance with what I love to do, and time for my family. It was a process, getting an adamant schedule down because my husband’s career and my kids were very young at the time when I decided to start a new business in the beauty industry.

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

RC: I've always loved makeup! I was always into something... I started playing in my sister’s makeup at age 5 and would get into trouble. By the time I was in high school, I was doing students makeup for prom, homecoming games different events. I've always kept up with the trend of what celebrities were wearing on their face. This is something I knew deep down inside I wanted to do.

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?

RC: Yes! My husband and I have created a system to work on balancing. He's very involved and helps out a lot.. I really thank him for that. Our home is our place of peace, so when I walk through that door, I know how to leave work where it is and turn my motherly/wifey switch on and be just that.

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

RC : “Beauty is not in the face, it’s the light in the heart.” –Kahlil Gidran

BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?

RC: My Sister Torri is my strength, She raised me and keeps me grounded. I have a God Mother. Debbie Smith, she taught me so much ... She's a true definition of a role model, still learning!! And there's Tamela Mann, she's an amazing woman.. Very inspiring and such a creative soul.

BN: What are your must-haves?

RC: (To keep your career or business going strong) Books! I love to read. The beauty industry and trends are always changing so I am always reading books on business, reading articles and reviews on product, and watching the latest tutorial. Lastly, you need someone in your corner that can tell you the truth and keep you in line.

What is your definition of a BOSS?

RC: My definition of a BOSS, is someone who sets out a plan and acts on it to achieve their dream. They are hard workers with rational decision making skill in a high pace environment. Bosses always see something creative and beautiful out of everything that could go wrong. Bosses are the beginning and the end.

Connect with Riska Crowderon Twitter  @IAmRiskaCrowder, Instagram @iamriskacrowder & Facebook Riska Crowder

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Monday, November 9, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet the "Lifestyle Expert” Kimberly Clark


Kimberly Clark, (Ask Kimberly Lifestyle), a fabulously dynamic renowned Lifestyle Expert, featured Love and Lifestyle Advice Columnist for Soul Kisses TV, Author of Dear Future Husband and  Soulpreneur Speaker that focuses on living a life that’s GLAM “God’s Love Always Magnifies” Kimberly helps individuals to activate their destined mission in life and business by living everyday like a FABULOUS Party.
TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?
Kimberly Clark:  I absolutely love this question as I see obstacles as hiccups in life.  Hiccups are temporary and if you view that way; you know it shall pass eventually. In the beginning stages of my career “Balanced” for myself and others was a big hiccup.  As a lifestyle expert I made myself available 24-7 for my clients. Needless to say this intermingled over time to my personal relationships, which wasn’t healthy for all involved.
BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

KC: The inspiration behind Ask Kimberly Lifestyle ( was to create a coaching platform of authenticity that encourages, empowers and educates individuals who are seeking to enrich their everyday lifestyle. AKL evolve from my event/PR business drezrehersal Lifestyle.  I discovered over the sixteen years of producing weddings; not just being the event producer, but counsel as well. Many women skip the main ingredient for having a successful relationship and that starts with loving you first. For some the focused was more about the wedding day and not what preceded after all the guests have gone home. "The Union"  This brought me to write my first book :Dear Future Husband"  A guide & journey that provides women tips on professing  a union of substance that places more focus on the couple and not the fairytale.
BN:  How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?
KC: Setting boundaries personally & professionally is a rule of practice in order for me to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle.  This wasn’t always the case in the early stages of my career, however over time I learn to make my happiness a first priority. How can I be effective for my clients if I’m not in a place of peace.  
BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by? 

KC:  My personal mantra is “Live everyday GLAM” Acronym #GLAM “God’s Love Always  Magnifies.” ™ Living everyday GLAM is the essence of DEFINING, VALUING, RESPECTING and MAGNIFYING the GLOW within YOU.
BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
KC: Although, I have several influential people, genuine friends and prominent networking groups who support and play a part in my day-to-day footsteps. My chief counsel & mentor in life is God. I seek his guidance for my every thought and move. “When God says No, I listen” for I know his grace fully covers me authentically.  Having someone in life you can trust and confide in is extremely essential, but know that those you consult in; 100% have your best interest at heart. Too often we as Women give too much of ourselves and in the end are left depleted.
BN: What are your "Must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?
KC: First and foremost inner peace and abundant thinking. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle is the key foundation to excelling in business.  I’m mindful of what I feed my soul and those who enter my presence. My business is a lifestyle that supports: goal-setting, personal growth, and behavior modification. When loving yourself FIRST and MANIFESTING your thinking; there is no limit to living everyday FABULOUS. Not the answer some might expect, but definitely my blueprint that keeps the passion alive in my business.
BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

KC: I define BOSS as being an individual who represents Authenticity, a Catalyst for Change, Inspires the best effort in others, demonstrates honor so her character can never be in question all while  continuing to lift-up others as she continues to climb.

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