Take a moment to get to know a few extraordinary The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School, alumni. Their stories speak to the power of dreaming big and getting a great education.
Candis wanted to be a hairdresser since childhood, but took a more traditional path for her education by receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in finance in 2003. Three years later, she decided to pursue her dream and enrolled in The Temple. Her life changed the day she toured the facility!
After she was licensed, Candis was a Learning Leader with The Temple for three years, and while employed with us, she was certified as a national educator with Paul Mitchell. She also received her senior cosmetology license while working part-time behind the chair. In 2009, Candis finally found what she was looking for—Floyd’s 99 Barbershop! In a very short period of time, Candis moved up from shop manager, first as a member of Floyd’s education team, then as a multi-unit manager, and now as a district manager. It has been a busy seven years for Candis!
Tip for Future Professionals: “Do your personal best every day. If your personal best is not good enough, do not make excuses. Get better! Surround yourself with people who are better than you, and you will rise to the challenge. Know that the extra effort you put in is noticed and will be rewarded. Do not let yourself be influenced by people who do not share your passion. Know that the people who give minimal effort when you give you all have, will only make you shine that much brighter. Without mediocrity there is no excellence,” shares Candis.
Stacie is a leading stylist at Lush 35 Salon in Catonsville, MD. Stacie is a graduate of The Temple, and has over eight years’ experience as a stylist, wedding consultant, salon manager, and makeup artist. Stacie’s education, diverse background, and experience helped her formulate a trademark style. She has the innate ability to bring out the natural beauty of her subject, no matter the gender, ethnicity, or character portrayal.
Throughout her career, Stacie has been highly sought after for work on high profile projects within the beauty industry, including fashion shoots, video production, and editorial. Her projects include work for notable companies and artists such as Discovery Channel, Alt Press Magazine, Geico, Under Armour, Linkin Park, 3 Doors Down, and Kat Von Dee.
Tip for Future Professionals: “Never give up on doing what you love. There is no such thing as rejection…it just wasn’t your time,” says Stacie.
David and Ana Maria met in college. After two years at the university, Ana Maria decided to pursue her passion for the hair industry and easily fell in love with The Temple. David graduated with a degree in tourism, and was a professional tennis instructor and musician. When David needed a change in his life, Ana Maria turned David onto hairdressing. It only took one visit to The Temple and he was hooked!
In October 2013, together they opened Dna Lab, a healthy non-toxic salon where guests don’t have to compromise themselves for exceptional hair service. Currently, they employ five other graduates of The Temple.
“Sharon and Charles are our mentors! It’s awesome to have another husband and wife to look up to, and who we can now call our friends. We saw the passion and love for the industry during our time at The Temple, and it was definitely motivational for us,” shares Ana Maria.
Tip for Future Professionals: “Say yes to everything, stay late and do your friends’ hair, and participate in after-school events! The more you saturate yourself in the environment, the better prepared you’ll be when you graduate,” affirms Ana Maria.
At The Temple, Devin learned how to learn. It started with being open and saying yes—to relationships, to education, to his creativity, to setting high goals, and even to dreams. Sharon taught him by her example how to show up positive and polished for any situation in our industry. Charles informed him in his famous ‘soap is just soap’ speech that the most important thing in the service industry is simply to give (and give back). Devin learned countless lessons from all of the staff and Future Professionals at The Temple!
As Ted Gibson’s protégé and Director of Education for Ted Gibson Beauty, Devin currently brings his expertise and passion to Salon SCK. Devin has styled hair at over 60 NYC fashion shows, created TV makeovers for Oprah, Rachel Ray, and Nate Berkus television shows, and worked with many other celebrities, brides, and beauty editors. Most recently, he styled Georgia May Jagger (super model and rock 'n roll royalty) for Rimmel London and also styled models for a Dolce and Gabbana fashion show in NYC.
Tip for Future Professionals: “Have a strong professional online presence (your own website, Yelp reviews, pictures of your work, “how to” videos, blogs with hair advice). If you have questions regarding any of these things, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your online presence should begin before you start interviewing at salons,” shares Devin.
Molly graduated from The Temple in 2010. Her journey continued in Baltimore, advancing and diversifying herself with real world experience and education. Becoming a prominent member of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Fashion Alliance (BFA) has led to wonderful collaborations in the industry. In 2013, she co-founded Charm City Top Knots (CCTK), an on-location styling service specializing in hair and makeup for weddings, photography, and fashion shows. CCTK is proud to be on the exclusive style team for the MD Fashion Awards for 2014 and 2015, and even earned themselves a nomination for “Emerging Hairstylists” of the year 2014.
Paul Mitchell culture is her home, and she carries that with her daily. Molly loves not only sharing that experience with her guests in the chair, she is honored to be joining the National Education team with JPMS. As John Paul always says, “Success unshared is failure.”
Tip for Future Professionals: “Get involved! Join Design Team, Student Council, go to Caper! Say ‘yes’ to everything! Make the most out of your journey in school. Once a graduate, it’s show time!” exclaims Molly.
Many of you already know our very own Alice Ness, Student Run Programs Leader and Makeup Specialist at here at The Temple. Before even attending The Temple, Alice knew she wanted to be involved within the fashion industry. Attending The Temple gave her the opportunity to follow that dream.
After receiving her license three years ago, she has been able to work in many aspects of the fashion industry: Lingerie Fashion Week in NYC where she led the hair and makeup team for five seasons; three photo shoots for Modern Salon magazine (having one of the images from a shoot published internationally in Spain’s Peluquerias) and, most recently, being featured in the Paul Mitchell Schools’ newest Skill Cards!
Alice fell in love with the Paul Mitchell culture and family and currently works as an educator at The Temple, sharing what she has learned. She also works as a freelance hair and makeup artist for commercial and editorial, portrait and fashion clients. She does hair and makeup for weddings, theatrical performances, video productions, photo editorials, and runway shows. Her client list includes Top Chef’s Brian Voltaggio, AGV Helmets, Lauren Rich PR, The Lingerie Alliance NYC, Modern Salon, Peluquerias, and Ultimate Face Cosmetics.
Carlie’s passion for art led her to The Temple. From day one, she said yes to every opportunity given to her; she excelled by joining the “Be Nice Club,” attending Caper, helping at onsite weddings, traveling to hair shows, and becoming a Phase 2 Future Professional. After graduating, Carlie worked in a few salons and completed the first “Makeup At The Temple” course. She also traveled three to five times a year to a variety of shows and classes.
Recently, Carlie was accepted to become a Scruples National Educator, traveling the country demonstrating hair cutting and hair coloring techniques, all while finishing her business degree!
Since graduating, Carlie says, “I have realized how the Paul Mitchell Schools truly stand apart from all others. Our culture is something that outsiders don’t usually understand. The Learning Leaders genuinely care and want to see each Future Professional flourish. I was given the tools to go above and beyond in my career. The opportunities were amazing, and the structure was phenomenal! I am very honored to be a Paul Mitchell graduate!”
The moment Dana walked into The Temple, she knew she was home! Dana loved how guest speakers spoke on the many aspects and careers there are within the beauty industry. Being on every team The Temple offered allowed her to travel and participate in many different aspects of the industry while giving back at the same time. Dana raised money so she could go to the Caper event in Vegas, which she found to be incredible.
Dana has now been in the beauty industry for 20 years. She received her makeup license in 1995 while she was counter manager for Elizabeth Arden and Dermablend, and attained her full cosmetology license in 2007. Dana has always gravitated toward up-styles and color. She went from being behind the counter, to hair and makeup for headshots/calling cards. Currently, she is a Regional Color Coordinator for JPMS, hair stylist for Shear Dimensions Salon and Spa, and an up-style specialist for Up Do’s for I Do’s.
Tips for Future Professionals: “While you are in school, take the time to really learn your craft and build your foundation. You have invested a lot of money, and you will need a strong, sturdy foundation to build upon as you grow in this beautiful industry,” shares Dana.
After graduating from The Temple, Gauge started his career at Zoe Salon and Spa in Fairfax, Virginia. After only three years behind the chair, he was voted “Best Stylist” in Washington Blades "Best of Gay DC." He currently works in one of NYC’s most successful salons, Dramatics NYC, as an Artistic Stylist. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together. This business can take you anywhere. Dream big!” exclaims Gauge.
Gauge was a hairstylist for the production of “Mission for Love” at Irving Plaza in Union Square, conducted monthly editorial photo shoots with his salon/local photographers, and was one of nine stylists competing for “Star Stylist” in a live hair competition.
His mentors are Nora Battey of Zoe Salon and Spa. “Not only is she an incredible hairdresser, but everything she does comes from a place of passion and love. She is a true creative spirit who enhances every stylist she meets. I can only hope to inspire future hairdressers as much as she has inspired me,” shares Gauge.
Tip for Future Professionals: “Don’t settle, if you see bigger things for yourself, go get it! Nothing is standing between you and your dreams! Be open to learning new things, everyone you meet has something to teach you! Take everything the culture of Paul Mitchell has to offer, and use it! It works! Paws up,” says Gauge.