She used her COVID-19 stimulus money and on Oct. 1 opened WarrenTy Waxing & Extractions on 906 Street in Holly Hill.
“What really got me to move forward was that I wanted to do something that would benefit me and my kids,” said Warren, 37. “So I decided to start my business.”
In 2017, she graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with a double major in recreation and physical education.
But the Daytona Beach resident’s initial career path didn’t include working for herself.
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‘I still needed to be able to feed my kids’
“After I got my degree I worked as a substitute teacher for a while,” she said. “I didn’t have the desire to teach. I’m great with people. That’s why I went the teaching route. But it really wasn’t what I wanted to do.” Following her teaching stint, Warren worked as a server at the Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach and Ruby Tuesday’s.
“I still needed to be able to feed my kids,” she said of her daughter, 10 and twin 6-year-old boys. But it was her passion for beauty and wellness that led her to starting her own business.
Warren was selling Mary Kay cosmetics and following popular influencers like Jada Kennedy, a licensed esthetician in St. Louis, Missouri with 806,000 YouTube subscribers. “Every night I would search Jada Kennedy’s page,” she said. “And I thought, ‘If she can do it, I can do it’. In March (of this year) I reached out to the International Academy to find out what I needed to enroll.”
She found a building in Holly Hill that was owned by a member of the Oceanside Country Club. “I didn’t expect to find a building so soon,” she said. “I just happened to be in the (Holly Hill) area and this building was available.”
“Honestly, it all happened so fast,” she said. “I’ve been working in the restaurant and hospitality industry forever. I wasn’t passionate about working for someone else. So I had to figure out what I was passionate about. I know so many people that have jobs because they need to have a job. That was me for so long. The first 35 years of my life, I worked for other people. These next 35 years of my life I want it to be about what I want.” Warren said everything quickly lined up for her to open her business once she inquired about classes at International Academy. She received an esthetic certificate from the South Daytona school on December 27.