Michelle Roberts: Beautiful Stories

I did a lot of research. I went to school later in life than most of my classmates, so…I want to make a very educated decision on where I went to school, and I did a lot of research on a lot of different campuses and toured several different campuses. And I just…knew, when I got here, that this was the one.

Why Ogle?

I actually drove an hour and a half every day. It was about…well, about an hour, but with traffic and construction, it was about an hour and a half to get here every day. There was one…there was a school about, I think it’s eight miles from my house…that was about one fourth the cost, and I just couldn’t justify it. You know, when you go to school later in life like I did…you kind of want the best education that you can get. And I knew that even thought it meant a little more in tuition…that it was worth it, and I was absolutely right. It was the best decision.

What are you doing now?

I currently own a salon inside of the country club in Runaway Bay, Texas.

Two months out of school?

The opportunity came up about three months before I graduated. The salon became available. That wasn’t my original plan, but it was one of those opportunities, and I spoke with my instructors here in detail, you know. And said…asked them. I know I’m missing out on apprenticing and possibly getting, you know, a little more of the experience that you learn from working with more experienced stylists, but this opportunity…somebody else is gonna take it. And it was just…every instructor I had told me, “You kinda have to do it.” So…I did! And I just jumped in headfirst.

Any regrets?

Absolutely not. Absolutely not. My instructors were so amazing and I still can call them in my freakout moments, and they always answer my calls, and just, like, they walk me through a panic, or whatever the situation is.

What are you most passionate about?

Hair. Everything hair. I know most people’s ultimate goal is to open a salon…and that is amazing, and I love it. I want to be a platform artist. I want to be on the platform. I want everyone to know my name. I wanna be with the Guy Tangs and the Robert Cromeans, and…I want to be up there to compete. Make a difference in the hair industry.

Describe your time at Face Off.

Face Off is so fun. And…I just don’t see how you could come to school to Ogle and not want to at least try, because that further…solidified that I wanna be a platform artist. That’s what I want to do, you know? Being there with the lights and the people, and…people screaming and whistling at something that you created is incredible. It’s absolutely incredible.

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

Okay, my first…it’s my first client. In school, we have to have a model for a free haircut, and I didn’t…I’m originally from Colorado. I didn’t know anyone in my area at the time. And…I just put on ad on Facebook on a buy/sell/trade website, and asked for, you know, someone to come in and get a free haircut. And this older lady, who turned out to live near me, came in, and she was just…so grateful, and she just felt like she was so beautiful, and she is, to this day, a big part of my life. When I opened the salon, I made sure she was my first client in my chair.

What challenges did you face during your schooling?

Because of my commute, any kind of inclement weather was an issue. It made it a little harder to get from A to B. I had two freezes, and I live on the other side of a really long bridge, and it flooded the last week I was in school. And you couldn’t get across the bridge, so my husband drove me all the way around and got us a hotel, and stayed over here, and worked from over here just so that I could come to school and back on my last week. My house was hit by a tornado. This is all, like, the last month of school, was the tornado and the flooding. But…you do what you have to do.

Do you feel Ogle helped you achieve your goals?

Extremely impressed with Ogle, and I feel that they set me up to do what I’m doing better than I would have had anywhere else. I don’t think I could have gone to another school and gotten out and owned my own salon. I don’t feel like I would have had the tools. I feel like only because of my instructors and the support I had through Ogle, am I able to do what I do.

Everyone has a story.

This is Michelle’s.

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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.