5 Questions with Kayla Smith: Survivor, Ocean Enthusiast and Esthetician Instructor

Question 1: Why did you become an instructor?

Several years ago I was in a serious car accident. Afterwards I recognized that I wanted to create and seize every opportunity in life. I wanted a challenge and to become the best, most knowledgeable esthetician I can be and to share my experiences with others. After having worked in many salons over the years, both as a cosmetologist (prior to graduating from Elizabeth Grady’s esthetics program) and as an esthetician, becoming an instructor seemed the most logical next step. Therefore, I put myself out there and here I am, loving every moment!

Question 2: What positive impact has being an instructor had on your life as a whole?

There are many…. I have gained more confidence in myself, I have been inspired to try new things that I may not have done otherwise, and I have built great relationships with my colleagues and students.

Question 3: If you could tell an aspiring esthetician/massage therapist one thing about being a student at EG, what would it be?

Things are always changing. Go with it and recognize the positivity that change brings, even in the midst of the challenges.

Question 4: What do you do in your wellness and self-care practices that you recommend to your students?

I like to encourage my students to use certified organic essential oils. I use them in both my home and work environments and notice the therapeutic benefits essential oils have on my well-being and in my practice as an esthetician. I love to spritz myself with a lavender body mist to help me wind down for bed.

Question 5: What is your favorite place on earth and why?

Anywhere there is water, especially the beach. I enjoy the cleansing and sensation of weightlessness supported by the sea and the calmness the ocean breeze brings.