Spread the Love 2012, clockwise from center: Timmy Willy, Joshua Falewitch, Meredith Tye, Natalie Fox, Todd Kane, Suzy Henningsgard.
What’s the best way to kick-start a career that’s as people-centric as styling? Enter every competition you can. Matrix Spread the Love winners say you’ll build skills and confidence in your craft— and that’s just for starters!
Imagine traveling the country for six months (all expenses paid!) visiting schools and salons, seeing the best beauty shows, exploring industry options, taking part in the most rewarding philanthropy and networking with the top names in the industry. Okay, so Matrix created the mother of all road trips with its annual Spread the Love (STL) competition. But entering any professional contest promises pay dirt. Even when you don’t win, taking chances exposes you to new ideas and helps you grow—professionally and personally. And when you do win, you get the experience of a lifetime and rewards that can translate into future success.
Head for Glory
Meredith Tye with Matrix Artistic Director Sandra Smith. What it takes to be in it and win it depends on the competition. Sometimes it’s a sizzling photo shoot. Often, it requires determination, trial-and-error and reaching out for advice until you get it right. For Spread the Love, it was all about finding the best fresh-out-of-beauty-school Ambassadors who could prove industry power, benefit from mentoring and most of all, Spread the Love.
The STL lowdown: Any licensed grad (21 and over) can visit mymatrixfamily.com and apply. Submit a video essay explaining why you want to be a STL Ambassador; include links to your personal social networking sites and blog entries. You must be willing to travel the country for six months and blog about your adventures. In turn, winners get to interact with industry members at every level, are mentored by Matrix Artistic Directors and take part in philanthropic activities through Matrix’s Chairs of Change. It’s a serious commitment that’s akin to winning a scholarship to the beauty school of life.
Remember, before you enter any competition, get the rules straight and be ready to take max advantage of the opportunities that winning can bring. The fi rst round of 2013 STL judging is completed and the winners will be announced this December. How can you still make STL a win for you? Follow the winners on their blogs. It’s like getting a virtual tour of the business at every level.