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I Once Was A Mary Kay Consultant

I Once Was A Mary Kay Consultant

I Once Was A Mary Kay Consultant

Everyone has a story to tell. I have MANY.  

Today I remembered that:  I Once Was A #1 Mary Kay Sales Consultant! 

Although we often hear horror stories about Mary Kay Consultants, I was loved by most of the women I came into contact with while selling Mary Kay.  I was number one for several reasons:

  • 1. I was pushy.
  • 2. I loved make-up
  • 3. I loved helping people feel beautiful.
  • 4. I ASSISTED not instructed people on what to do.

Finding a decent Mary Kay Representative can be daunting nowadays because the rep is either a newbie or overzealous.  In some cases, they just do not have the people skills for this kind of work. To me, Mary Kay felt like SOCIAL job.  It was just a overt publicity at every opportunity.  I was an IN YOUR FACE kind of representative.  I used to go down to 5th Avenue Mall in Anchorage and handout samples with my card attached.  In fact, I created such a ruckus with my advertising that the city changed it ordinances to stop people from blatantly advertising like I did back then.  (lol). 

I was so good at what I did, that I used to hold makeup parties at the Ramada Inn up in Anchorage. I used to get 100-200 women attending!!!  I would serve hors d'oeuvres and DJ!  Yes, I was actually also a DJ too!!!  I had my hustle on TIGHT!!!  I had a stylist, I had a Photographer doing glamour shots, and I had a team of 10-25 women working the floor.  It was MAGIC! I was Ms. Go Give back in 1993.  My daughter was a baby and her father was a deadbeat, so I had to make enough money to work my way off of welfare.  I was on it less than a year!!  Mary Kay made me INDEPENDENT!!!  It changed my mindset and my life!  I was determined to be a success and I was! 

I remember trudging through the snow with those darn pink cases. I did not even HAVE A CAR!!! And I lived in Alaska!!!!  Even now, I can barely believe what can be achieved on willpower and sheer determination alone!   I believe what I did back then, was set up a positive role model for my daughter who watched her mom achieve success from home.  She watched me qualify for the Grand Am Red Car as a Team Leader (I took a monthly check instead) and my Director get a Pink Cadillac.

Those were the days. However, since Mary Kay consists 100% of INDEPENDENT consultants,  a person can never tell if they are getting a good one or not. This is why Mary Kay business used to be 100% based on word of mouth advertising through hosting parties.  I was lucky.  I managed to host almost ALL the Black and Hispanic word of mouth business in Anchorage! I made most of my customers from off the military bases.  Once one of the officers wives heard about me, I was booked solid with 3-6 parties A WEEK for more than a year!!!  At my highest, I earned over $2000 a week in Mary Kay!!! So don't knock the hustle. I am not sure if they are good any more though. I stopped back in 1996. So they just may not be the same now that the actual creator, Mary Kay has passed away.

I just wanted to share my story... and warn all, that NOT ALL Mary Kay Consultants are created equal. Some have NO CLUE what they are doing. You could come across a new recruit, or someone who operates primarily an Internet Business.  So they just do not have the make-up skills that I once had mastered.  It takes years of constant perfecting to become a GREAT Mary Kay Consultant.  Not everyone possesses the inner fortitude to be a success in this line of work.   In my case, Mary Kay changed my life.  I will forever be grateful to Mary Kay.   It is now more than 20 years later, and as I look back, I realize it was Mary Kay that molded me into the powerhouse Sales Rep I used to be.   I thank Mary Kay and her dream for women.

Although I no longer use Mary Kay, I point to their teachings on how to care for my skin as one of the main reasons I look this good in my 50's. I use Proactiv Plus for skincare now, but am considering something new for aging skin, like Cindy Crawford's line. I have been using Proactiv for about 20 years, and I stick with it because I keep getting compliments.  


About The Author:  Adrienne Igo has more than 20 years in the Recruitment Industry, she runs several small online businesses and is an online social and digital media consultant.  Adrienne has almost 40 years of astrological experience, and was once known online by thousands as CAPRICORNTIGRESS of Astrologyalookinside.com

Adrienne Igo once was 500 pounds and spent more than 7 years in a wheelchair before beginning a personal weight loss journey in 2013.  She went from a size 54 dress to a size 12. She currently has over 500 dance and motivational videos on YouTube

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