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Student Entrepreneur

By Gillian Pietrowski
Assistant Features Editor

Photo Courtesy of Victoria Boccella
Victoria Boccella, a senior public relations major.

Being a student and having a business is an impressive thing to do. Victoria Boccella is a senior public relations major. She and her sister own their own hair and make up business called, Boccella Beauty. The business was started a little over a year ago and they have seen much growth in the past 16 months. Their company is focused on being mobile since they don’t have a store which can be a big advantage, “It really sets us apart from others in the industry”, says Boccella. Although it might sound like a lot to handle, going to school and running a business, Boccella says it is a lot easier when you are your own boss. If she is not available to do someone’s hair and make up she can pass it over to her sister to do, “Although I never want to say no to a potential client, one of the perks of owning your own business is that you have the liberty to do that and make your own schedule”, Boccella added. Boccella ultimately gets to choose when she works and still is able to keep up her schoolwork.

Boccella’s aunt is a celebrity makeup artist. She has worked with celebrities such as Adam Sandler, Alec Baldwin, Kate Moss, and Brooklyn Decker. Her aunt was nice enough to take her and her sister along on her gigs and that is how Boccella realized she would love to start her own business, “Making people feel beautiful is a pretty cool thing!” said Boccella. Although she is currently doing something she loves she would like to pursue a career in public relations. “It is a great gig to be able to do on the side. Ideally, I would like to get a full time job in my major but I know I always have hair and makeup to fall back on,” Boccella said. Follow her business on Instagram to see the work that they do @boccellabeauty.

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