Entrepreneur / Lisa Maree & Glamazon
Making the world more beautiful may not have been Lisa Maree’s ultimate career goal, but if it was… it has definitely come true. At just 33 years of age, this millennial babe has built a fashion empire and is the Co-Founder of Glamazon, a beauty venture that is currently valued at $3million AUD!
This #careerstory is the second part of our Glamazon series. (If you haven’t read Lauren’s story, click here)
For those of you hiding nose deep in your books of late, Glamazon enables clients to book beauty in real-time from anywhere in Australia, offering everything from a last-minute spray-tan to complete bridal hair and makeup packages in the comfort of your own home, office or motel. I am personally obsessed with this business story. Glamazon solves a real problem, is intelligent and looks good, just like our girl Lisa Maree.
In this interview, we rewind the clock and take you back to when Lisa was at school, why she chose her Uni subjects, where she studied, and why she decided to uproot herself and move to the USA. Lisa has morphed and changed course her entire life, but that is what makes her pathway so incredible. You need to read this.
Without further a due, please meet Lisa…
Hi there Lisa, can you tell us where you grew up and how your experience shaped the person you are, and the career that you are in today?
I grew up in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney. My childhood in a small town instilled great family values, a healthy way of life and a beautiful landscape in which to develop as a person. I like to think that I carry those positive qualities throughout my personal life and my career.
Oh Lisa! I’m in love with the Blue Mountains, such a beautiful slice of the world. Where did you go to High School and how was that experience for you?
St Columba’s College was the high school I attended. I enjoyed high school and it definitely provided me with the structure and learning’s to carry me forward onto University and into my career.
Did your high school play an important role in helping you choose your further education and future career?
I pivoted in High School from first wanting to be a Veterinarian, to then changing my career choice to a Graphic Designer. I went on to study Visual Communications in University however after University I started my first business, Lisa Maree, an International Fashion Label.
I definitely used my design skills learned throughout School and University in my business.
I then went on to start a second business, Glam Crew, which was merged into Glamazon with my business partner and Co-Founder Lauren.
What an unreal journey, thank you for going into details. Did you complete any internships or work experience placements in high school? Tell us about that experience.
I did study Veterinary Nursing at college while I was going through high school, along with work placements in the Veterinary sector. All of my external work allowed me to understand my career choice and get a really good understanding of what would be expected in such a position.
Did you go to College, University, Tafe or another equivalent? Take us through the courses that you studied and why you chose them?
I went to University and studied Visual Communications with Graphic Design as my major focus. I had pivoted to a more creative career choice later in High School and this is the catalyst that led me to select visual Communications.
I had also been accepted into the course based on my portfolio of work prior to completing my HSC/UAI, which was an accelerant in directing my final decision.
Tell us about your career journey so far. Who you have worked for, and explain any highlights.
I’ve had multiple part-time jobs from the age of 13 through to when I started my first business, but never a full-time role working for anyone else.
I started my first business after University and bootstrapped that company from start-up to multi-million dollar International Fashion label, as it is today. ‘Lisa Maree’ has been my breath and life for the past 9 years where I spent 6 years living overseas building the business globally.
A highlight of Lisa Maree has been dressing Jennifer Lopez for a magazine cover in my swimwear, along with being commissioned to make the swimsuit that Amy Adams wore in Oscar-winning movie American Hustle.
Around 18 months ago I started a mobile beauty marketplace platform called Glam Crew, shortly after launched I merged this business with a competitor in the market, we adopted the name ‘Glamazon’ from the business of my now Co-Founder and business partner.
Our highlights have been raising $1.2 million in funding from a series of investors and being able to scale and build out a proven model with a high performing team.
Ahhh Lisa, just love this so much. Your career to date is the perfect example of following your gut, but working extremely hard. It’s also interesting that you have gotten there all on your own, being your own boss. So, how did you get the job that you are in now?
I have been blessed to be able to build my own companies and live life as my own employer, which gives both deep responsibility and ownership along with flexibility and food for my mind and soul.
What is the hardest part of your current role as Co-Founder of Glamazon and Lisa Maree?
Being responsible for supporting the lives of my employees and their families. The responsibility for the people I employ is incentive enough to always carefully consider business decisions before making them.
What does a day a typical business day look like for you?
I wake up and check my emails from my international offices, take a few calls and respond to emails as necessary. I generally work out and walk my dog to clear my head and then walk to the office; which is conveniently located a short stroll from my home.
I focus on Glamazon during the Australian day and then tend to Lisa Maree throughout the evening and early morning when my overseas offices are in their day.
Work can continue from early morning to late evening.
Who has been your hero, or greatest inspiration growing up and why?
To be completely transparent, I have never focused on a particular person as a hero. I prefer to surround myself with people whom I aspire to be like, or wish to learn from.
What advice would you give girls who are interested in your career?
Go for it, don’t second guess yourself! And ask for advice and help from those who have done it before you. A mentor is a great way to learn, and also look to collaborate. Your competition might just be your opportunity. Someone who has the same drive, vision and goals as you, can we such a valuable asset.