Simon Souvannarath: Beautiful Stories

Currently, I am a Beauty Studio Captain at Sephora. I’m kind of like leading the artistry piece at Sephora with the make-up team, with the color team there, so do doing that, and then doing a lot of freelancing outside, working with published photographers and contracted models here in the Dallas area, so I’ve been really busy doing that.

How did you come across your salon position?

I actually started, we went on a field trip here to the mall and visited salons and cosmetic stores and got recruited at the field trip.

Why Ogle?

I toured and visited a lot of other schools, and it just didn’t feel right, so I just waited a few while before I really decided, and I was going around meeting other hairstylists and make-up artists, and they all graduated from Ogle for some crazy reason, so for me, it was credible, it was reputable. Word of mouth is everything to me, so I feel like why not, and so I came to orientation and just fell in love.

What about Ogle convinced you that this was the school for you?

The professionalism, the focus I feel like. I feel like when I walked in there, it wouldn’t have prepared me as Ogle would have. They had that look, the campus was really nice versus the schools that I did tour and visit, so it was just an easy deal.

What obstacles did you face while pursuing your license?

Working full-time and then coming to school right after like 6 days a week, 5 days a week, that was really tough because you’re waking up early in the morning, you’re staying till 10 o’clock at night, and I commend a lot of the students here who do that, especially evening students.

What advice would you give someone with a similar dilemma?

That is just pays off in the end. It’s rewarding in itself, so just hang in there, be tough, and it’s going to pay off.

What can you tell students about the industry that they may not already know?

That they might not know, probably that they fear that it’s a lot of competition out there, and they’re scared to really get themselves out there, and it’s just huge out there. It’s the sky is the limits, like there’s so many avenues that you can go to. Don’t be afraid to, there’s no competition. I don’t see any competition, what’s for me is for me, and that’s how I feel.

Do you feel that Ogle has helped prepare you for your career in the industry?

The top school in Texas here, and it’s just you get the great training just like the mission statement says. It ties all back to that. It’s so true. Ogle School prepares committed students for rewarding careers in the beauty industry, and so we have the highest caliber, student-centered, the training is there and everything. It just all ties back, and it’s crazy that they start with that, and then it ends with that.

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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.