Women in Business

Meet Woman in Business Maria Mixon

Meet Maria “Ria” MixonMake-Up Artist & Model Coach/Acting Coach and consultant since 1991

Here is her interview:

Tell us about Your Company

My company is Ria Mali  Productions. I am the owner. My motto for my business is: “I don’t help you have self esteem, I teach you to LIVE with self esteem“.

Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur in the first place?

When I use to model, I was scammed a few times before breaking into the business and my passion was to help others not to go through that and I enjoyed the behind the scenes work so much. Especially make-up artistry.

What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?

My greatest influence was my mother. She was ill and I was her care taker for many years before she passed away in 2008 from lung failure and Alzheimers. When I was younger, She had a talent of making clothes and cooking. She never did anything with her talent as far as owning a business but to me she was a STAR. I always said I would own a business in her memory. I began my business full force in 2000.

What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?

That would be educating others about the talent business and being an advocate and volunteer for the Alzheimers Association. I walk every year in the Memory Walk since 2007 to present at Lake Eola with other thousands of people who want to help with the research of Alzheimers.

What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?

To make what you love to do into a business and not to give up. I’ve been through fighting cancer to 3 spine surgeries and even during my recuperations, I didn’t stop or give up.

What has been the most effective marketing initiatives or programs you have used to promote your business?

I post helpful articles in my blogs and social medias that has helped many. I even did pod cast radio talk show on  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ riamixon

What one thing have you learned as a small business owner that has served you well over the years?

To not give up.

Are there any resources or tools you’d like to share with other small business owners that have helped you run your business?

Blogspot, blogtalk radio, linkedin and researching helpful articles by other business owners on Forbes and networking.

Do you have any new projects coming up? If so, please tell us about it.

I have my own skin care and cosmetic line. I have a great lip scrub called Sweety. You can find info on on www.sweetielipscrub.yolasite. com
I will also be doing make-up for some upcoming Fashion Shows in the Orange County area in Florida. I give casting auditions to talent that seeks advise nation wide.

What do you do for fun/relaxation?

Make-up artistry is my LOVE. Doesnt seem like work because I enjoy doing  transformations. I love watching old black and white movies, drinking coffee, yoga, zumba and dancing. I love going to the beach and picnics at the park. I love nature.

What is Number One Business Goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?

To have my own Performing Arts Summer Camp. I normally do classes at rec centers and churches but I would like to have my own building.

I’ve also been working on my book since 2012. I started a blog thats called “What I learned in 40 years” which I said I wanted to turn into a book. http://www. whatilearnedin40years. blogspot.com. I  will be finishing it up this year. Its a motivational book that will help those of all ages during certain rough times in their lives.

What’s the best way for the readers of WE Magazine for Women to connect with you?

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ mariamixon
https://www.styleseat.com/ riamali
www.amparoenterprise.yolasite. com

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