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Women Who Went for It! is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Career Change Agent, Sara McArdle. The show features inspiring chats with successful industry changers who share how they found the clarity, courage and motivation to step into a deeper vocation and a life of meaning and fulfillment. We hope you'll see just how many before you have GONE for it—and they're eternally grateful that they took the risk!

Mar 15, 2020

Women Who Went for It Podcast Guest: ChristinaMarie Cooper
In this episode, Sara chats with ChristinaMarie Cooper about her journey from fashion design and marketing to scalp micropigmentation. ChristinaMarie talks about how personal brand and presentation have always played a big role in her life, the moment she realized that marketing wasn't a fit for her anymore, and the circumstances that led her to her new, lesser-known but highly fulfilling field that fits so many aspects of her personality. Today, ChristinaMarie is the owner and lead scalp micropigmentation, or hair tattooing artist, at Precision SMP Hair Solutions Clinic in Lynnwood, Washington in the United States.
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Sara and ChristinaMarie Discuss:
  • How Sara knows ChristinaMarie
  • ChristinaMarie honing her "personal brand" early in life
  • Growing up in Missouri
  • Always being known for her fashion sense
  • Her love of music
  • Realizing Missouri wasn't a long-term fit for her
  • Going to school for fashion in Miami, sight unseen
  • Help from her father
  • Styling for musical events
  • Helping pick artists for a Latin music festival
  • Completing her two year associates program and wondering what to do next
  • Moving back to Missouri
  • Starting a hip hop + rock record label
  • Creating a business plan and borrowing money from parents
  • Working at a clothing store
  • Meeting her husband
  • Working as an admission coordinator
  • Her husband going back to school for aviation
  • Having kids
  • Feeling overwhelmed managing her young kids and work life
  • Being let go from her job
  • Moving to Washington in 2008
  • Feeling like she was home, immediately
  • Her education not transferring well to the Seattle market
  • Fashion not feeling right for her anymore
  • Going back to school for marketing
  • Working in marketing & PR after graduation
  • Noticing her pattern of looking for white saviors
  • Her husband's hair loss and how it impacted his self-confidence
  • Learning about scalp micropigmentation and her husband receiving the treatment
  • ChristinaMarie being inspired to learn how to do scalp micropigmentation, herself
  • How SMP fits so many aspects of her personality
  • Going to school for scalp micropigmentation
  • What scalp micropigmentation is and how it works
  • What she loves about being her own boss
  • Her own fears of failure and money fears
  • Support from her husband and family
  • How her background in marketing supports her business
  • Business startup taking longer than expected
  • The benefits of temp work
  • What she'd do differently if she had to do it all over again
  • Advice she'd give to fellow career changers
  • ...and more!
ChristinaMarie's Full Bio:
ChristinaMarie Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Strategic Communications at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, as well as an associates degree in fashion communications and merchandising at Miami International University of Art & Design. She then went on to become a digital marketing specialist in Seattle, Washington.

Upon realizing the marketing industry was no longer feeding her spirit, she know she needed something more. For years, she struggled to find a new career direction that not only helped to achieve financial freedom and success, but also one that fit her personally. Her search ultimately led her  becoming a certified scalp micropigmentation technician, which fulfilled her passion of empowering people to be the best version of themselves.
Today, ChristinaMarie is the owner and lead scalp micropigmentation, or hair tattooing artist, at Precision SMP Hair Solutions Clinic, specializing in all forms of hair loss, including male pattern baldness, receding or non-existent hairlines, female densification or alopecia treatments. ChristinaMarie and her company believe that scalp micropigmentation is an effective treatment to hair loss and thinning hair without surgical restoration, or other invasive procedures.
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