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Community Highlights: Meet Mykke’a of Motion 44 The School

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mykke’a. 

Hi Mykke’a, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
“Beauty School” for kids. Never saw it coming! Little did I know, this is something that I have been placed and prepared for throughout my working career. The birth of this program was inspired from my childhood. By the age of four, I knew I wanted to be involved within the Beauty Industry, BUT growing up, I realized there were not outlets for me to explore this particular passion. It wasn’t until High School that I was able to receive professional consistent training. 

After 7 years of being an active Licensed Cosmetologist behind the Chair AND Managing Restaurants, I grew tired and worn of the Food and Beverage Industry. One of the things I enjoyed about being in Food and Beverage Management was the coaching and mentoring I had the opportunity to do. 

From there, I came up with a game plan and an exit plan. Asking myself “How can I fully be committed to the cosmetology industry? What can I do to where I am still active within my industry where I still have the opportunity to coach and mentor others”? It then came to me. TEACHING! I attended the needed schooling and became a Licensed Cosmetologist Instructor. 

Fast Forward a couple of years later. One day, I was having a conversation with a former student who was inquiring about braiding classes for kids. This prompted the idea through my head that there was not only a need for braiding classes for kids but SO MUCH MORE involving the beauty industry. I prayed on this topic that raced through my mind. I prayed for a clear vision on what I could offer to the community while sharing my knowledge with the youth. One day while in the nail shop, and overflow of things came to mind. Everything was clearly coming together. The setup, the ideas, the curriculum, the age groups. It was as if an entire business plan had been placed directly in my lap sealed in an envelope with my name on it. Because the vision was so clear, all that was left for me to do was execute. Hence, Motion 44 The School-Mission Prodigy was born. 

I have owned a salon in Murfreesboro, TN for almost 6 years- Motion 44 Hair Studio. Started off as a single salon suite. Once it was time to execute, I knew I would need a much bigger space. I knew I wanted both the Hair Salon and The Speciality Training Facility for kids under one roof. By doing this the kids would be able to receive a real salon experience while having the opportunity to watch professionals do what they are in training to do. 

Motion 44 Brand Name is a remembrance of a close relative that suddenly passed away from a staph infection 20 years ago. He left a very positive effect on people everywhere but especially in Akron, OH. His football number was 44. Something I always struggled with was naming my business. You would think this would be something that I already had lined up considering it was always a dream of mine. Over the years, I always came up with something but it never stuck with me. Over the years, I figured that I needed to come up with a subject or something that inspired me with hopes of coming up with the ideal name. My cousin (Julian) and his football number 44 was one of the first few things that came to mind. 

I was much younger back then. The difference between me then and me now is that through the years, I learned I have to keep moving. Personally, I believe that there is nothing wrong with taking time for grieving or dwelling on a situation (Some take much longer than others) but for me, I learned you can’t stay there forever. In my opinion, at times, it can do more harm than good. This is deeper than just hair. It’s a daily reminder that regardless of what obstacles come in your path, it’s about how you move from it. Keep moving for a better you, a better life, or to reach a goal you might have. Keep pushing. For me, I was able to turn a sad situation into something positive. #44 #Juice 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Being an entrepreneur is never necessarily a smooth road, but for me thankfully it has been a steady road. It’s a road full of twist, turns, pit stops, and the unexpected going on the other side of the hill. I can say I am grateful for those who have helped give me direction along the way. 

We’ve been impressed with Motion 44 The School, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Motion 44 The School is an after-school specialty training facility for kids ages 7-18. If your child have a passion for beauty, Including Makeup, Hair, Nails, Skin, Science, Medical, and Business, this is for you. “Mission Prodigy” is a newer concept. Like recreational activities such as dance, football, cheer, track & field, softball, etc. This is similar but instead, the entire program will be focused on everything beauty. 

Upon enrollment, kids are provided with an entire beauty kit, from hair tools, make-up tools, etc., including school apparel swag! The program is very hands-on with not only teaching kids technical skills but also soft skills to match their talents! As the beauty industry is a life trade! Also, in the same building, we have a full-service hair salon, including private suites. This is an “all under one roof” concept. 

We love kids! This program is so different because there is nothing else like this in the area that is providing the kids this opportunity with this much detail. We are year around. Our program starts in August and ends in May with an end of the year Hair Show! 

We are committed to molding the next generation of diverse beauty professionals ages 7-18. 

What matters most to you?
Training Up Our Junior Beauty Artist not only to be skilled with hands-on techniques but also having the proper education on laws, and procedures skilled with all soft skills, and mannerisms that will carry on with them throughout adulthood with work and life while having a greater understanding and respect for the beauty industry. 

Our youth is our next generation of professionals. When our youth have the opportunities needed within the community, they are able to discover and unlock all of the potential needed while creating a bright future. 

We strive creating a space where young men and women can grow. A place where art creativity, imagination, and expression is most importantly respected. 

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