I am, like, a research nerd, and I knew I wanted to go to school, and I saw the sign, so I did all the background check I could do. I wanted to know what the statistics were for the school, and I looked it up, and it was best from any other school I could find, so I didn’t even go look at other schools. I came straight here and that was the end of it.
What led you to the beauty industry?
Well, really, it was a spur-of-the-moment thing. I was a new mom, staying at home, and I worked in the salon for a little while as a salon manager, and I decided, “You know what? Why not go back to school and figure things out as I go along.” So I decided one day, I was driving down the road and saw the Ogle sign, and stopped in.
What are you most passionate about?
What am I most passionate about? Would be teaching. I want to share the passion. I want to…show them that there’s different aspects of the industry than just standing behind that chair and doing hair.
What are you doing now?
Freelance hairstylist. I want to keep my options open for instructing, ‘cause that is my true passion, but I have a few clients that I love dearly, and so I have a location that I do their hair at, they come to me when they call me, and I do weddings and events, and stuff like that.
Describe a time you feel you had a significant impact on someone.
It would probably be during the SI program, which was…I was working here as the PC, which is a professional coordinator, and I was doing my SI program also. I was putting in all the hours, and the students were seeing that I was here from sunup to sundown every day, and they would come to me, ‘cause they would have those issues where they weren’t sure they were gonna be able to make it. And I was like, “You know what?” You do this for a reason and you need to hold on to that reason. Don’t let the negative push out that reason.” Either if it’s doing it because you want to better yourself in general, or you’re doing it because you want to better your child’s future. And so I had one student that wanted to quit and she came to me with all of this, and I just…I helped her see what the passion was and why she was doing this. So I think that was one of my biggest impacts.
What challenges did you face during your schooling?
The issues I had during school would be…I was a new mom, so I had a new baby sitting at home, with, you know, getting him to daycare, and then he’d get sick. And then, you know, we were living off one income because, you know, my boyfriend wanted me to go to school full time. He wanted me to, you know, get it done. Get it over with. Put everything I had into it and not have to worry about going to work when I was done. So it was living off that little income and taking care of a new baby at the same time.
What advice would you give someone in a similar position?
That it gets hard, but you still get up every day and you realize that you’re doing this because you want that future to not be like that. You want to be able to bring in what you can and what more to bring up that child and that life that you wanted to bring him up in.
What advice would you offer our current students?
This is a broad industry. You can go anywhere that you choose to go to if you have the drive to do it. And that you just have to keep pushing. I mean, even to this day, I’m still learning new things. I’m still opening new doors, and that’s this industry. It never stops growing.
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