#19 From Child Refugee to Pioneer Entrepreneur - Maria Chang


February 8th, 2017

1 hr 4 mins 34 secs

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About this Episode

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THE AMERICAN DREAM! Maria Chang came to the USA back in 1986, as an 11 year old child refugee from Nicaragua. Maria has been a professional make-up artist for over 20 years.

This is a bit of a departure from our normal show, but it was too good not to put out there. Yes, you will gain some make-up tips for your wedding day, but that is not all. In this episode, you will hear a hard-working, motivated, strong, intelligent, entrepreneurial, woman tell her story.

Oh and we PROMISE, next week to bring you Part 3 of our 3 part Wedding Timeline Series. We just couldn't wait for you to hear this one!!

Links we referenced

Maria's Company: PMA

Raphael House - Resources & support for homeless families


Neiman Marcus

Bobbie Brown Cosmetics

Laura Mercier Cosmetics

Estee Lauder Cosmetics

Guerlain Cosmetics


-“As a refugee family, we had to work from day 1 and I haven't stopped since." - Maria Chang

"It's amazing to be living in this country. It's something that I don't take for granted. I remind myself every day of how lucky I am to be here" - Maria Chang

"Just don't cover up superficially, care about the woman and actually cater to her beauty needs" - Maria Chang, still believes in the same philosophy she was taught by Bobbi Brown

"Using (make-up) as an accessory versus using it to cover up your personality or cover up your insecurities" - Maria Chang

"If things are not going your way, you've got to trusty that there is a better alternative and there's a better option ahead." - Maria Chang

"If you're so deep in your sorrow because things are not going your way, you're not going to see those doors opening." - Maria Chang

"I love the idea of coming in and making it like a slumber party where the ladies are getting ready and for a moment forget that it's their wedding day and just have fun as girls." - Maria Chang on why she believes a bride should never have to go to a salon on her big day

"I am an artist because my clients provide me that lifestyle, so the least I can do is give them the best possible wedding day. I become like an honorary bridesmaid" - Maria Chang

"Every single wedding, when it comes to cake time, I always have the lipstick ready, but that's all I can do. I can't fix the eyes, I can't powder you..." - Michelle conveying why she love's that Maria stays with their clients until the end of the party

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