Meet Briana Jones: A Beauty Riot
This week's female entrepreneur feature, Briana Jones, is taking the Atlanta beauty industry by storm with her make-up business, Bobbie Riot. Bobbie Riot initially began as a high-school idea of a clothing store brand, but as Briana ventured into her studies at SCAD Atlanta, she realized her love for art went beyond editorial projects and instead set her full focus on beauty.
What inspired the brand name Bobbie Riot?
Bobbie stems from Bobby Hill from King of the Hill and Riot comes from one of my favorite bands Paramore, their first album. I thought I really wanted this store but after long thought I got into makeup and here I am
The Bobbie Riot aesthetic services range from brows and waxing to lashes and of course beauty makeovers aka #BobbieBeatDowns. Briana's business spans from movie and music video sets to her most current television MUA gig on A Seat At The Table airing on the GPB Network.
Who inspires you/your business?
A lot of people grow up with a role model but I cannot say that I had that definite person that really inspired me to be the best me than myself. Me being a “rebel” got me where I am today. I stopped listening to naysayers saying that I was never going to be anything or that being a makeup artist would never take me anywhere in life; but I am living proof that nothing can stop you when you’re true to yourself. I inspired to be a better me and every leap that I take that same inspiration grows bigger and stronger to take me to the next level.
Advice for other business beginners?
I have a lot of advice for business beginners and female entrepreneurs but I’m going to try and keep it to a minimum. The first pointer I can give entrepreneurs is that it’s a lot of hard work to get to where you want to be but embrace the struggle because it makes you a better business person. Second, you should be able to know how to do any and everything for your business. What I mean by this is do your research before you reach out for help. If there is something you cannot do then seek help. Third, do not rely on other people to get things done all the time. You will most likely be a one man show. Fourth, be patient. Lastly, always listen to your intuition.
What's next for Bobbie Riot?
Right now, my brand is about to be revamped a little. I recently just had my first makeup class that was a success so I am currently planning for my second one. I am also working on separating myself from Bobbie Riot as a more professional move for when I do work for other productions. Also, I’m currently creating some makeup products for Bobbie Riot that will be released at the class. I am so excited about it! Lastly, I will continue to work on getting into the Makeup Union so I can live my dream of being a television makeup artist.