Losing clients and the fight for survival through COVID, with HMUA Nina McCaskey

When Hair and Makeup Artist Nina McCaskey moved down to Raleigh from NYC in 2018, she had to start her business from nothing. She hustled, networked, and before she knew it, Nina had 84 clients booked in 2020.  And then…the pandemic decimated the wedding industry.

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Courtney Hopper: Welcome to Hustle + Gather, a podcast about inspiring the everyday entrepreneur to take the leap. I’m Courtney,

Dana Kadwell: and I’m Dana,

Courtney Hopper: and we’re two sisters who love business. On this show, we talk about the ups and downs of the hustle and the reward at the end of the journey.

Dana Kadwell: And we know all the challenges that come with starting a business between operating our own wedding venue, doing, speaking, and consulting and starting our luxury wedding planning company. We wake up and hustle every day.

Courtney Hopper: But today we’re talking with our guest about her hustle. Joining us is Nina McCaskey, hair and makeup artists in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nina moved down from New York in 2018 and started her business, Wedded Kiss, and she grew it to a team of eight people.

Dana Kadwell: Wedded Kiss seemed to be at nearly every wedding. And we’d still see her at every single networking event. All that was until March of 2020 when the wedding industry and the world was knocked down. Nina was knocked down too, so today, we wanted to hear about that fight to get back up again.

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Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence.  Courtney and Dana’s hustles include C&D Events, Hustle and Gather, and The Bradford Wedding Venue.

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