Before 1996, there was not a Class E Esthetics License in Missouri. I was working as a paralegal, but I wanted to be a licensed makeup artist.
The only thing standing in my way was getting my license.
Back then, you couldn't get an Esthetics Class E License (skin and makeup) because it didn't exist. You had to get a Class C Cosmetology License (hair, skin and nails), and I can't part my hair straight so that was out of the question for years.
So for years, I would call the State of Board of Cosmetology, and one day in 1996, the law changed, and skin was separated from the hair license.
Immediately I enrolled in the only school in Missouri that taught esthetics. And after graduation passed state boards, obtained my license and became the first Black Esthetician in Missouri.
Funny thing is, after I started studying esthetics, I fell in love with skin care. And although licensed to do makeup, I didn't. I've been practicing esthetics for 20 years now.