We had the good fortune of connecting with Dezmin Staley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dezmin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I truly wanted to be on my own time an schedule. I had an issue at work for being too slow but the thing is that I’m very detailed. I hated rushing my work. I also disliked seeing others cheat clients on their time due to being on a cookie cutter schedule. I didn’t want to quit the spa life for good. Also why get only a percentage of the work I had to perform, I had a gift and I was reminded by a good friend to utilize it. So here I am as Golden Gloves Massage.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a movement artist, it was only right to become a massage therapist. They compliment one another. For starters as a hip hop dancer/movement artist I stay true to the culture. As a black man I make sure I stand out by never forgetting the roots of this movement. I bring that energy to the classroom and many events surrounded by the culture. The toughest part is getting the community to understand how this culture works. As far as massage I set myself apart by putting organic love and intention into my touch. Having dance history I know how the body moves and how to assess it. I encountered many injuries and overcame several. I’m aware quality is everything.
With that being said nothing came easy. It’s really about perfecting the craft at the end of the day and no one is ever going to be perfect. This is the story to never ending growth. I still have my struggles as far eating right and working out with more purpose on a consistent basis. I’m doing well but I know the next level requires a lot from me, I overcome that by showing up and apply all the valuable information that already exists within,
Having my own massage business gets difficult when developing your roots within a community. Traveling was fun but I had to be still to bring in consistent clientele. I must continue my studies as well because no matter how talented your touch is customers want to speak with knowledgeable people.
Massage taught me to get a signature. Someone’s word isn’t always good enough. It’s best to trust others until they give you a reason not to. I learned to respect myself and know my worth. I no longer allow myself to get shortchanged or taken advantage of. I became more strict overtime for all the right reasons.
I want the world to know my brand wasn’t given to me. The gift was given to me by the Higher Power but it’s up to me to build something from it. A lot of sweat and tears were shed to make this business run. I put love into every piece of this career. It’s about leading with love and honesty. I’m just getting started. Despite disadvantages and circumstances, I will deliver high quality service. Gratitude over attitude.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m still readjusting to the city myself. I enjoy going downtown so I would introduce them to the top DJs because music is life. On The Record caters to the dance community. Area 15 has an arcade upstairs so that’s on top of the list. I have several pages I follow for activities and food. It would be fun to explore these things together. Cirque shows
Pool parties (in moderation)
Hole in the wall gems (food)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate this shout out to all my clients that trust me and believe in me. A conversation with Quinell Dixon in 2017 made quite the difference. He just started his Embrogo embroidery brand and it was slowly but surely taking off. So he pushed me to utilize my gift until I reach the next chapter of my life. For that I am grateful.
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