Cynthia Vazquez: Beautiful Stories

Right now, I’m a full-time hair stylist and I also work for Wella Professionals. I’m one of their educators.

Why Ogle?

So, Ogle is the best school ever. I will put that out there. I’ve always been saying that, you know, ever since I walked into the door, it felt right. It has made me the person I am today. The instructors here are awesome. I love everything about it, and it has, like, I said, made me the person who I am today. It made me travel the world, see the world, so I’m very excited that I got to be a part of this family and kinda still am, so I want to say “Thank you” to everyone at Ogle.

What turned you off about other schools you toured?

It’s just, you know…when you walk into other campuses and look at, like, how they’re set up and how you’re gonna feel in that setup, it just didn’t feel right, you know? It didn’t feel professional. It didn’t feel…clean, at some of them that I went to, so that’s what turned me off of some of the other schools.

What obstacles did you face during your schooling?

Well, I did the part-time program and I was working full-time in corporate America, so obstacles that I would have had was maybe…trying to get here on time, ‘cause I was having to travel from downtown to here, traffic and things like that, but…I made it happen ‘cause I wanted to be here, so we overcame those obstacles.

What advice can you offer students with similar obstacles?

You just have to really be motivated to be here, especially if you’re a part-time student, because it’s really hard. If you know this is what you want, you’re gonna do it no matter what, so just stay motivated through everything and do your Ogle course.

How do you stay motivated?

You just always have to have a smile on your face, you know? Enjoy the time that you have here, enjoy the students, enjoy the clients. That’s what’s going to keep you motivated. When you see a smile on somebody’s face that you just did their hair, that’s gonna motivate you.

What are you most passionate about?

Everything. I’m very passionate about everything. I love teaching. I love, you know, working on somebody and again, seeing the smile on their face. Just, you know, changing somebody’s life, knowing that with a simple touch, you can change somebody’s life in the day.

What about this industry surprised you?

What shocked me…you know, many people think that cosmetology is easy. It is not easy, it’s very hard. There’s a lot of things that go into being a cosmetologist. So I guess discovering how not easy it was, was what shocked me. But…we learned and we did, you know?

Describe a time you feel you had a significant impact on someone.

Well, you know, being part of the night program, I was part of the success team, so…we were always trying to keep our students motivated, you know, to be happy to come to school, be excited to be here. So I think the greatest impact we had was keeping our students here motivated. You know, keeping everyone happy, everyone friends with each other, and just excited to be here and finish their school.

What’s different now that you’re out of school?

What’s different? Everything changes. When you’re in school, it’s one thing, but once you’re in the real world, like, it hits you. It’s completely different. You know, I still look back to everything that I learned here, and it’s always there helping me move forward in my career.

What advice can you offer students on how to market themselves?

So marketing yourselves, you know, you have to work on making a brand of yourself. We talk about this in our education. You are your own CEO, so how you present yourself, how you dress, how your hair is, your makeup, that is your own brand, so when you’re marketing yourself, you have to make sure that you are the first one to be on point, and then, you know, social media. Putting your work out there is very important, to put all your work out there, do your different hashtags, ‘cause that’s what it is all about right now. So do your social media, do your hashtags, and of course, brand yourself as who you are.

Everyone has a story.

This is Cynthia’s.

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About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.