We had the good fortune of connecting with Katelyn Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katelyn, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve been artistic my whole life. However, I went to college for computer science engineering and it really sucked all the creativity out of me. It was all logic and numbers. After a few years of doing engineering as a career, I was burnt out and needed a creative outlet. When I found permanent makeup, the stars aligned and it was the perfect opportunity for me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love that I’ve been able to build my business around not only permanent makeup, but also tooth gems. It’s a new trend that’s picking up in popularity and I love being ahead of the curve! They are so cute, quick, and fun. There’s a style for everyone! Unlike the popular misconception that it takes drilling into your tooth, tooth gems are a painless temporary jewelry you can add to your teeth, applied just like braces.
Getting to this point in my business has been tough, but so worth it! I’m still working as a software engineer full time while I build the infrastructure of my business, so it’s definitely a 24/7 job keeping them both up and running. I’m proud of myself for having the dedication to do both; it’s something that definitely ebbs and flows over time with the good days and bad, but I’m in it for the long haul.
The Craft Browery was actually established as a play on words for ‘craft brewery’ since San Diego is such a hot spot for craft beer. But as I’ve expanded my services and offerings, I’ve decided a rebrand is in order! In a few months I’ll be launching the new brand with an online store… but you’ll just have to wait and see the details 😉
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.
There are SO many great places around San Diego, theres no way I could list them all. I’m a major foodie so I base all my itineraries around what I’m eating.
In North Park, you can start by hitting up Nomad Donuts for breakfast. If you’re there on a Thursday you can hit up the local farmers market. For a good drink you can go to Seven Grand for a whiskey. Pop in El Tianguis for some rolled tacos for dinner. Maybe catch a show at the Observatory afterwards.
If you head to Ocean Beach you can see some beautiful views on Sunset Cliffs, grab some breakfast at OB Surf Lodge, go to OB Brewery for some beers, and hit up Pizza Port for dinner.
If you go to Mission Valley for some shopping, make sure you get Breakfast Republic for brunch to fuel up and Puesto afterwards to cool down.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I couldn’t do what I do without the love and support of my partner, Pat Marino. He is truly the best.
Also my business coach Victoria Racca, aka Victoria Glam. She is the supportive beam of sunshine and belief that I need to push me.
Cover image credit to Delaney at www.spellboundcuriosities.com