In his book, ‘The Business of Hair,’ influential educator and mentor Antony Whitaker offers a list of questions to ask yourself as means to define what you want our of your career as a stylist. Read the list, along with some of our own thoughts, below.
1. What do you want from your life?
2. When will you get started?
3. Are you ambitious?
4. What sort of lifestyle do you desire?
5. What sort of income will it take to live the lifestyle you desire?
6. Do you set goals?
7. How will you feel if you achieve your goals?
8. What will your life be like if you don't?
9. Who holds you back other than you?
10. Why do you let them?
11. What are you prepared to sacrifice to get to where you want to go?
12. What can you do today to move toward your goals?
STILL IN A TIZZY? INVITE A SUCCESS STORY OUT FOR A COFFEE
Although a great place to start, self-analysis doesn’t guarantee all the answers will come right away. A hairdresser, after-all, can be a salon stylist or fashion stylist, a brand educator or a product innovator, a business owner or film, TV or theater stylist; if they fancy, a hairdresser can do all of the above, or plait braids by the beach.
With all these options, even the most focused student can become unsure on which path to take. Inviting a a salon owner, experienced stylist, mentor, or an alumni of your school out for coffee will give you a chance to learn from their experience.
Introduce yourself as a passionate newcomer to the industry who would be honored to chat with “an expert like you.” Ask about their career and how they achieved their ambitions. Even if their path is different to how you see yours, there will always be insights that you will be able to use for motivation or direction.
ARROJO Cosmetology Alumni Jackiline Arredondo reckons a satisfying career its all about finding your own happy place.
“I think school is a great time to think about what makes you happiest as a stylist –– cutting, coloring, styling, playing with products, putting together an image, whatever your thing is,” she says. “Personally, I love color, so I applied to the ARROJO studio training program for color specialists. Now I’m a full time colorist at the ARROJO TriBeCa location, and I couldn’t be happier.”
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