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.
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