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A Life-changing Career Choice

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: September 24, 2010, from the October 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Benny L. Wallace II, spa professional

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He learned through experience that his gender even served as a stumbling block for retailing. “What works for me is recommendations or suggestions instead of giving the hard sell,” states Wallace. “When I’ve tried to take the direct approach, female clients sometimes take it personally.”

Through tenacity and the support of the spa’s ownership, Wallace has learned to overcome discrimination and excel at his career. Possible spa ownership and teaching may be on the horizon for Wallace, but for now, he continues to follow the path that has come so naturally to him, enjoying all his esthetic career has to offer.

“Most of my clients are referrals, which I love because it means I did a good job and people felt they could trust me with their friends and family.”