Today we’d like to introduce you to Breanne McNally and Lilly Gonzalez.
Breanne and Lilly, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
BM: It,s kind of a long story so I’ll try not to bore you. I’ve been a makeup artist for television and film since 2000. In 2006 I moved to San Diego from my hometown of Brooklyn, NY. I needed to escape the bitter cold and was burnt out from working in production. I decided to go back to school for nursing. To make ends meet, I got a job as a waitress at a diner. As luck would have it, the diner was next door to Stu Segall Studios.
Stu owned both the diner and the studio. He was from back east as well so we would chat from time. One day he asked what my background was, I told him and he offered me a job as a makeup artist on one of the many productions he had coming to town. At this point, I missed production work and already had a ticket back to New York. I decided to give it a shot and I’m so happy I did! Taking that opportunity literally changed my life path. Out of all the studios I’ve worked with, the most rewarding has been Stu’s. It was always fun no matter how long the day was and some of my closest friends are fellow crew members from his lot.
In 2010, I had my son. The long hours required for working on TV series couldn’t compete with spending time with him. I made the transition to commercials, as the level of commitment and work hours are much less. In 2012, I started working at Bellus Academy as a guest artist for the make up department. Lilly worked there as well, we became friends and joined forces to create Glam on the Run.
Has it been a smooth road?
LG: It took a minute to figure out how to run a successful bridal business while at the same time continue to work on commercials, teach at Bellus Academy and raise our children.
BM: We were never business owners and due to my background in production and Lilly as a cosmetologist and makeup instructor this was completely new territory for us. We had to learn everything from scratch.
Along the way, we hit a few bumps with licensing, building our website, marketing, advertising, pricing, networking with vendors… the list is endless, so no it hasn’t always been a smooth road lol. I will say though, it has been fun and extremely rewarding.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
BM: Glam on the run is an on location, all occasion mobile beauty business. We serve San Diego, OC and Los Angeles. I would say our specialty is in accommodating large parties.
Our services are pretty extensive. We offer both airbrush or traditional makeup, tattoo coverage (for those brides that want to please their parents) male grooming, hair extensions, eyelash extensions, haircuts, color, chemical and thermal styling, updos and massage. You name it, we do it! Coming in September, we will be adding micro blading to the menu in our new storefront location which will be located in Mission Valley.
LG: We are known as the dynamic duo, we have fun personalities and we’re both very driven. I’m from San Diego and she’s from Brooklyn so we bring lots of flavor to our bridal parties, making it fun and help to ease the bride’s stress. As a company, I am proud to say this is more than just a bridal business for us. Not only do we get to be a part of bringing happiness and making someone’s special day memorable but we are able to create job opportunities for our prior students and we are able to volunteer our services at various local charities such as SD women’s shelter, the “I love boobs” foundation and fundraisers for local schools.
BM: I think what sets us apart from other bridal businesses is our extensive experience in television/film and print. Due to this knowledge, we have the ability to make sure you look you’re very best in the video, photos and most importantly, in person. We are also one of the very few mobile beauty businesses that doesn’t charge a ridiculously expensive fee to come to your location (first 25 miles free, beyond that the fee is based on current gas prices).
We also offer a place for you to come to us if you choose to. We both come from working-class parents and know what it’s like to not be able to afford a luxury such as having someone to do your hair or makeup and it reflects in our prices. We are reasonably priced yet, extremely skilled in our craft.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
LG: San Diego is probably the best place to have a beauty business. It may not always be sunny and 70° but most days out of the year it is. Our weather here not only serves the residents getting married but it makes it a destination location for weddings. We get a ton of clients from out of town.
BM: If we were insecure and competitive we would say SD is a horrible place to start a business, go to Bakersfield lol. but the reality is, SD is a wonderful place to start your business and there’s plenty of opportunities for everyone to be successful.
- Website: WWW.GLAMONTHERUN.COM
- Phone: 619-621-4556
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