Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist
West Hollywood, CA
Although I had almost everything I had worked so hard to attain, I still felt unfulfilled and not entirely happy; the shift caught me by surprise. I felt stuck in a comfort zone and wanted to shake things up.
My story starts with an ending—the ending of my seven wonderful years in San Francisco. I lucked out when I discovered my current job at a cheerful, locally-owned, high-end beauty retail store and salon. I went from being a first-year stylist to lead stylist and salon manager in under four years. I was also able to attend multiple education courses in New York and in San Francisco. After surpassing my five year goals in under four years time, I started thinking, “What else can I do?” Although I had almost everything I had worked so hard to attain, I still felt unfulfilled and not entirely happy; the shift caught me by surprise. I felt stuck in a comfort zone and wanted to shake things up.
So, I decided to move to LA.
I was leaving a full book of clients that every hairstylist dreams of having. I was giving up my adorable rent-controlled studio in the heart of San Francisco. Friends, family and clients thought I was more than a little crazy.But I knew my move was more than just a geographic shift. As a hair stylist, I love all aspects of creativity. So I researched makeup schools and found one that fit my interests. Having this “reason” for moving calmed some of my naysayers down, but I still wrestled with plenty of “why would you do that?” conversations.
Now that I am here in Hollywood, I realize that the school was just my catalyst for moving. I’ve found a gem of a Salon in West Hollywood that offers on-location hair and makeup, an area I definitely want to explore. As an added bonus, I am traveling back to San Francisco to work with my former clients four days each month.I no longer feel stuck, in fact, I'm looking forward to the adventure and excitement of being in a new city. It will be challenging, but I now know I am responsible for my own happiness. Here’s to new beginnings, and everything waiting just outside of your comfort zone. Go get it.
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