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From the very onset of her journey, Chelsea has been entranced by the transformative potential of beauty treatments and their profound ability to uplift spirits and instill confidence. Her unwavering dedication to empowering others through the artistry and science of skincare has driven her towards a remarkable career in beauty therapy.

Stepping into the halls of the French Institute of Beauty Therapy, Chelsea found herself immersed in a nurturing and supportive atmosphere. It was here that she encountered not just educators, but mentors deeply committed to fostering success among their students. Through hands-on training and exposure to cutting-edge techniques, Chelsea cultivated a diverse skill set, laying the foundation for her future endeavors.

Yet, it wasn’t merely the educational aspects that defined Chelsea’s time at the French Institute. It was the bonds forged with fellow students, all united by a shared passion for beauty and self-care. These connections blossomed into lifelong friendships, some of which have translated into professional collaborations over the years.

Chelsea’s decision to venture into entrepreneurship was heavily influenced by her tenure at LCA, where she had the privilege of working alongside the esteemed owner, Megan. Inspired by Megan’s entrepreneurial spirit and leadership, Chelsea set her sights on becoming a trailblazing force in the industry.

Her journey towards ownership was marked by relentless dedication and an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Chelsea embraced every challenge as an opportunity for growth, pouring countless hours into refining her craft and expanding her expertise. Her commitment to excellence and willingness to go the extra mile became defining characteristics of her ascent.

Today, as the proud owner of her own clinic – CM Aesthetik, Chelsea reflects with gratitude on the path that has brought her to this moment. With a steadfast commitment to continuous improvement and a passion for empowering others, she stands as a beacon of inspiration within the beauty community, embodying the spirit of the Girl Boss she once admired.


What motivated you to pursue a career in beauty therapy?

I’ve always been captivated by the transformative power of beauty treatments and the positive impact they can have on a person’s confidence and well-being. Witnessing the artistry and science behind skincare, coupled with a genuine passion for helping others feel their best, fueled my desire to pursue a career in beauty therapy

What was your main motivator for studying French?

The French Beauty Academy has a stellar reputation for providing comprehensive and hands-on training, allowing me to hone my skills and expertise in various beauty treatments. The commitment to excellence, experienced educators, and the opportunity to immerse myself in a supportive learning environment were key factors that drew me here.

What was your favorite part about studying at The French? How would you describe your experience from the day you started at orientation?

From the day I started at orientation, I was impressed by the welcoming and supportive environment. The educators were not only experts in their field but also dedicated to helping students succeed. The hands-on training, coupled with cutting-edge techniques, allowed me to develop a well-rounded skill set in beauty treatments. My favorite part about studying at the French was not only educational side but also meeting so many other like-minded students who all shared the same passion and growing together within the year and making lifelong friendships, I am still friends with a few of my past Frenchies and have worked in industry with them over the years which has been very rewarding. 

How did The French help prepare you for life as a professional beauty therapist?

The French emphasized the importance of client communication and professionalism, teaching me how to create a positive and welcoming environment for clients. The exposure to real-world scenarios during training, including client consultations and salon, helped bridge the gap between theory and practice. In essence, The French was a transformative experience that not only equipped me with the knowledge and skills needed for professional success but also instilled confidence and passion necessary to thrive as a beauty therapist in industry. 

Did you have a favourite teacher / subject at The French? Why?

Yes, I had the privilege of having two incredible mentors/teachers at the French, Alana and Kayla, who played pivotal roles in my education journey. Alana Guided me through both my Diploma and Laser courses, providing not only extensive knowledge but also a supportive environment that fostered my growth. Her dedication and expertise were instrumental in laying the foundation for my career. My favorite subject with Alana besides laser was defiantly facials as she always had a beautiful fluent technique to this day I still use and never fail to receive amazing feedback. 

During my Laser training, I had the pleasure of meeting Kayla, whose passion for the field was contagious. Interacting with her during Laser opened a whole new perspective and her guidance played a significant role in helping me discover my passion for laser treatments.

What is the best advice you received from your study at The French?

One of the most valuable pieces of advice I received during my studies at The French was to prioritize continuous learning and stay updated on the latest industry trends. The importance of versatility and being adaptable to evolving clients needs. This advice has been instrumental in shaping my approach as a beauty professional, fostering a mindset of curiosity and a commitment to ongoing education. It has not only allowed me to stay competitive in the field but has also enriched my skill set, ensuring that I can provide the best and most current services to my clients. 

The emphasis on lifelong learning had become a cornerstone of my career and I continue to appreciate the wisdom of this advice as I navigate the ever-changing landscape of the beauty industry. 

What were some of the invaluable lessons or most important thing that you learnt at The French that you have been able to apply to your new career?

The simplest yet most invaluable lesson was the importance of a professional uniform. The emphasis on appearance, presence, and how you present yourself was the first lesson learned at The French and it’s a principle I’ve instilled in my career every single day. This attention to detail has not only contributed to polished and cohesive Clinic atmosphere but has also become a foundation aspect of how I project professionalism in the beauty industry. 

How easy was it for you to gain work after graduating? Tell me about your first career ‘break’?

Securing my first job after graduating from The French was remarkably smooth. I found it very easy to transition into the workforce. My first job with Laser Clinics Australia served as a testament to the effectiveness of the education I received. The skills and knowledge acquired at the French not only prepared me for the demands of the industry but also instilled a confidence that was well-received by employers. This early career break became a pivotal moment, showcasing the immediate applicability of my education and setting the stage for a successful and fulfilling journey into the beauty industry.

What elements of your study allowed you to obtain your new job? Were there any specific skills that you learned from your time at The French that you then highlighted in order to be hired?

My study at The French played a crucial role in securing my new job. The practical and hands-on approach to learning equipped me with the technical skills necessary for success in the beauty industry. Specific skills I learned at The Academy, such as precise technique in various beauty treatments, effective client communication, and the importance of maintaining a professional appearance and conduct, were highlighted during the hiring process. Employers were particularly impressed with my ability to seamlessly integrate these skills into the workplace, demonstrating the immediate value of my education.

How are French graduates perceived in the industry? Did your employer know who The French Beauty Academy was?

My employer and others that I interviewed with from large corporations to small sole trader businesses have all thought very highly of graduates from The French, even way out in Toowoomba. It appears to be well known and respected that we are trained to a very high industry standard.

How are The French graduates perceived out in the industry?

The French graduates are highly regarded in the industry, and their reputation speaks volumes. Employers appreciate the comprehensive education and practical skills instilled in graduates, making them well-prepared for the demands of the beauty profession.

Describe a day in the life of you at work…

A day in the life at my own clinic is a dynamic journey filled with diverse responsibilities. As a business owner, each day brings new challenges and learning experiences. From overseeing the day-to-day operations and navigating the intricacies of business ownership, to interacting with clients and staying active on social media, every moment is a part of the learning curve. My mornings often involve administrative tasks, such as scheduling and planning, followed by hands-on engagement with clients throughout the day. Balancing the operational aspects of the clinic with client satisfaction is key. Navigating the evolving landscape of social media and marketing adds another layer to my daily routine, ensuring a strong online presence for the clinic. 

Why is it so exciting to work within the beauty industry right now?

The beauty industry is incredibly exciting right now due to its dynamic and ever-expanding nature. It’s a field that keeps on giving, with constant innovations, trends and techniques emerging. The excitement lies in the continuous learning opportunities – there’s always something new to discover, master and implement. 

What advice would you give to students who are wanting to study a Beauty Therapy Diploma at The French Beauty Academy.

My advice to students considering a Beauty Therapy Diploma at The French Beauty Academy is simple: GO for it! The French has not only equipped me with the technical skills essential for success in the beauty industry but has also opened countless doors of opportunity. The comprehensive education, hands-on training, and emphasis on professionalism provided a solid foundation for my career. The world of possibilities awaits you, and I genuinely wouldn’t be where I am today without The French. Embrace the journey and let The French Beauty Academy be your gateway to a fulfilling and successful career in beauty therapy. 

What are your goals for the next few years? Do you have an ultimate career ambition?

My primary goal for the next few years is to continue running a successful clinic and fostering its growth. I’m dedicated to providing exceptional service to my clients while maintaining a positive and thriving work environment for my newly growing team. Looking ahead, my ambition extends to the possibility of opening more clinics, allowing me to expand my impact on the beauty industry and reach a broader audience. Ultimately, I aim to establish a network of successful clinics that uphold the highest standards of professionalism and client satisfaction. 

Why did you decide to start your own business? Can you tell us a bit about your journey?

Why did you decide to start your own business? Can you tell us a bit about your journey?

The decision to start my own business was influenced by my many years of experience at LCA, where I had the privilege of working under the guidance of an incredible owner, Megan. She served as a massive inspiration to me and from the moment I met her, I aspired to become a Girl Boss like her. For years, I dedicated myself to honing my skills, gaining experience and learning the intricacies of the beauty industry. This journey was marked by countless hours of overtime, as I seized every opportunity to learn and grow. I worked tirelessly, embracing each challenge as a chance to develop my expertise and contribute to the success of the clinic. The commitment to continuous improvement and the willingness to take on extra responsibilities were integral parts of my journey. 

Today, as the owner of my clinic, I am grateful for the journey that led me here.  

What were the first few steps you took to set up the business?

The initial steps in setting up my business involved securing the right location, a process that proved surprisingly smooth. I consider myself lucky to have found the perfect spot on the second viewing, setting a positive tone for the venture. Following the location, the next significant step was organizing the fitout, a task that turned out to be a massive learning experience. 

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced when starting your business, and how did you overcome them?

One of the major challenges in starting my business was the build. Given that I had never undertaken a project like this, navigating the complexities of coordinating trades, organizing builders and overseeing the entire construction process was a daunting task. The challenge was compounded by not having a comprehensive understanding of what was involved, I was very fortunate and lucky to have family in this field and a lot of help along the way. To overcome this hurdle, despite my lack of prior experience, I took on the responsibility of doing most of the design myself, ensuring that my vision for the clinic was translated into the physical space. This not only allowed me to be intimately involved in the creative process but also empowered me with a deeper understanding of the construction aspects. Collaborating closely with the builders and trades, seeking advice when needed which again I was very lucky to have a lot of help from family and friends in the process. While the journey presented a steep learning curve, overcoming this challenge reinforced my resilience and determination, ultimately contributing to the successful realization of my business vision. 

What is a decision or perhaps a mistake you've made that has lead to a very valuable lesson in running or starting a business?

I’ve been fortunate not to encounter major mistakes, but a valuable lesson I’ve learned is the responsibility of taking accountability. In the world of business, nothing is handed to you; everything happens when you take the initiative and make it happen. This lesson has underscored the importance of proactivity, determination, and a hands-on approach in achieving success in entrepreneurship.

What did you learn during your time at The French that helped prepare you when starting your business or during the course of your business journey?

The comprehensive education and hands-on training equipped me with the technical skills essential for the beauty industry. This preparation not only boosted my confidence but also allowed me to seamlessly transition into the operational aspects of my own business.  

What are your plans for the future of your business, do you have an ultimate business goal?

My future for the business involves expanding its footprint by opening the next location, creating a network of fully operating clinics. In five years, I envision myself overseeing a thriving beauty enterprise with a dedicated team. The goal is not only to provide exceptional services but also to establish a brand known for professionalism and client satisfaction. This expansion will not only amplify the reach of my business but also contribute to the growth and success of the beauty clinics I aspire to lead. 

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“ My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs among our Frenchies would be preparation is key. Take the leap and go for it because, without trying, you'll never know what you're capable of achieving.
Acknowledge that every journey has its ups and downs, but in the end, remember to focus on the silver linings. If one door closes, it often opens another, leading to positive outcomes elsewhere. Embrace the challenges, stay resilient, and trust in your ability to turn setbacks into opportunities. ”

- Chelsea Kitchen

My Signature Beauty Go tos...

Scent: Kayali Vanilla 28
Lipstick: Pillow Talk Charlotte Tilbury
Book: The Most Powerful Woman In the Room is you – Lydia Fenet
Best Kept Secret: Icing your face AKA cold therapy! 

The French Edit...

City: Sydney
Beauty Muse: Jaz Hand
Drink: Coconut Marg
Song: Stumblin’ in – CYRIL
Quote: “What does not kill you makes you stronger” Our experiences good and bad, make us who we are. By overcoming difficulties, we gain strength and maturity. – Angelina Jolie

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