Is there anything else you would like to share /add? LEVEL SYSTEM, TRACKING, KNOWING YOUR BUSINESS , SOCIAL MEDIA?
Social Media is a must have. It’s a non-negotiable, switch your mindset early in your career and you’ll do great! You MUST spend time on social media and marketing, no matter what type of salon you work at.
Salons with level systems are amazing, it’s the best way to track your progress, compete with yourself and bring your career to the next level.
Consider taking a photography class BEFORE you start working full time at a salon- it’ll give you a huge advantage.
Pre-booking, if you know, you know.
What Setbacks or discouragement have you experienced throughout your career? OR share an aha moment.
The hair industry is unfortunately very catty, the gossip is rampant and sometimes it can feel very lonely.
Did you have a mentor?
I have proper mentors and I have people that I look up to and watch that don’t know they are my mentors.
Early in my career Aaron Brousseau (@magicisthenewblonde) took me under his wing and taught me everything I know. He is my peer now, but I still ask him questions everyday.
When I first moved to Regina, Candyce Fiessel took a chance on me and gave me a job sight unseen. She shared her clientele with me and gave me a place to call home. Her determination and drive was always so inspiring to me. We don’t work together anymore but I still watch her from afar.
Tara Osipoffis my current business mentor- I HIGHLY recommend getting yourself a mentor at every stage in your career.
What Motivates you?
Everyone is motivated differently. I used to think I was motivated by money. Interestingly enough, that was my belief until a mentor told me that wasn’t my driving force at all. I’m motivated by a career that I love, achieving goals, being a part of a team that fuels my creativity and providing for my family both financially and with quality time spent.
Where do you see your career taking you in 5 years from now?
I’ve always been in a constant state of “what’s next”. Recently I’ve promised myself that I’m going to take the time to really enjoy my recent accomplishments and take some time before adding another major career goal to my list. Also, my next “thing” is top secret, so you’ll have to watch and see!
What has been one of your biggest accomplishments?
– Opening Salon Society, making it through a pandemic with little to no issues.
– Building a team I’m really proud of.
– Coming out of two failed partnerships with my head held high, my integrity at the forefront of everything I do and financially better than I ever have been. With the realization that I never needed a partnership to succeed.
What does it take in your opinion to succeed in this industry?
This opinion gets me into trouble often, or people view me as “strict” or too high of standards. However, it’s my opinion that to succeed in this industry, you really have to immerse yourself in it. You have to have drive, determination & the discipline to have a great work ethic. This industry is absolutely amazing, the perks are out of this world!