Want to turbo-charge your career? Shoot straight to the top rung? Then take control over your own destiny!
First, champion hairdressing. Show the world that what you do matters. A lot. Talk up salons, your colleagues and yourself. Of course, to do that you’ve ’gotta represent right.
Rise to the level of expectations. Keep learning. Go to classes and shows that re-ignite your passion. Be anywhere art is— after all, to break the rules you, first, have to know them, and to plot the future, you must understand the past.
Today, there are more opportunities than ever for students and new grads, and thanks to technology they’re easy to find. Mentoring is inspirational, so find someone you like and respect, and mentor up! Learn the basics—the foundation—first, then hip tricks, inside intel and all about the business end. Get the inside track on career options. And, don’t burn any bridges along the way.
It’s never too early to challenge yourself. Enter contests, recreate red-carpet looks you like (or ones from ’40s films) and study the masters. If you don’t take charge, stay focused and do something to advance your own career every day—it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle.
FIRST CHAIR profiles Matrix 2012 Spread the Love winners and Team I.C.A.N. ambassadors who share how they took a chance, stood up, stood out and got noticed. They put themselves on the line and came out better for it. Now, they’ve got beauty bragging rights! Check out how they did it, what they learned and how they’re taking advantage of the doors they thrust open. Keep in mind, these are just two of the many programs that recognize recent beauty school grads. We close this special section on page 56 with advice on how to get started.
Want to find out just how limitless your future is? Get out there today and compete. You may not always win, but you’ll never be sorry you tried!