Persistence pays off

caines | 4/11/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Single mom refuses to abandon her dream When the real estate industry went bust several years ago, there were many licensed professionals who were forced to ask themselves, what now? Some former realtors returned to their prior 9-to-5 career fields. But others, like Shekeila Parson, chose to be more persistent even in the face of numerous obstacles. Parson had always had dreams of owning her own business and decided that the time was right for her to pursue her passion for hair styling. Persistence, however was required, and would in effect become her closest ally. She says being the single mother of two children, six and three, made her even more determined to succeed. I am a single mother and I almost quit, Parson said. I tried some of everything but it didnt work, she said. I live in Homestead but I come to Miami to work. Her hair business, Shek Hair by Keila is located at 7541 Biscayne Blvd which means she commutes more than 100 miles each day. As for the definition of persistenceParsons fulfills the steadfast component. I struggled at first, but then it started happening for me, she said. Just as I was about to give up, my cousin (who is a promoter) placed me on a service directory for celebrities. My first call came from comedian Sherri Shepherd [of ABCs The View], she says. I sent in photos of my work just like everyone else then I got the call. She shares a similar story of doing K. Michelles hair recording artist and actress on BETs Love and Hip Hop. With her [K. Michelle] it happened the same way, she said. Now she calls me whenever shes in Miami. Shek Hair by Keila provides a variety of services including: color treatments, natural styles and her specialty, hair extensions. Contact Shekeila at 305-684-4771 for an appointment. By Tanya JacksonMiami Times writerjewelson3@gmail.com