Fran Drescher, Donny and Marie Osmond, and motivational speaker Kathy Buckley were just a few of the stars onstage at Paul Mitchell Schools’ 26th annual Caper event. Held February 9–10 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, the smoke-free, alcohol-free, hands-on educational extravaganza drew over 2,300 students (known as “Future Professionals”) who earned the trip by selling more than $2.8 million in specially packaged Paul Mitchell products.
Top leaders in and out of the professional beauty industry delivered two days of nonstop education, motivation, and inspiration. On day one, an hour before show time, the doors opened and Future Professionals raced inside to grab great seats, filling the room with sky-high energy as they waited for the magic to begin.
Paul Mitchell Cofounder and Chairman John Paul DeJoria, Co-owner Angus Mitchell, Global Artistic Director Robert Cromeans, and Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh kicked things off with a warm welcome, then introduced three riveting stage shows whose “What Inspires You?” theme brought the audience to their feet.
First up: the Paul Mitchell Future Professional Design Team. Their fashion presentation featuring nine models (also Future Professionals) rivaled the best of the best in choreography, modeling, wardrobe, and makeup. Paul Mitchell’s Global Cutting Team was led by Angus Mitchell, Scott Cole, Takashi Kitamura, and Robert Cromeans, who wowed the crowd by creating a sensational haircut with clippers and a giant fork. Linda Yodice, Artistic Director for Paul Mitchell Color, shared a timely message for today’s economy about increasing business by understanding two key factors about your guests (time and money). Paul Mitchell Artistic Director Stephanie Kocielski led the Awapuhi Wild Ginger show, starring Paul Mitchell’s latest product line and featuring Melissa Jaqua, Lucie Doughty, LaDonna Dryer, George Morales, and Rosie Matos.
Donny and Marie Osmond asked to be part of Caper this year. Joined by members of their Las Vegas show, they entertained for half an hour and extended heartfelt thanks to Future Professionals for supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Paul Mitchell Schools 2010 and 2011 FUNraising campaign. The Nanny star, Fran Drescher, popped in for a surprise visit and extended her thanks for support of her Cancer Schmancer Foundation. Audience favorite Kathy Buckley, America’s first hearing impaired comedian and founder of No Limits, shared her inspiring life story and reminded the audience that who you are is up to you and everyone is special. In a Q&A session after her talk, nearly every Future Professional had the same question for Kathy: “Can I give you a hug?”
Additional speakers included author and Paul Mitchell school owner Giulio Veglio and Modern Salon publisher Steve Reiss, who recognized Lucie Doughty, Scott Cole, and Linda Yodice for their feature article and cover of this month’s Modern Salon magazine. Diana Schmidtke, celebrity men’s grooming specialist whose clients include George Clooney, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, and countless Hollywood superstars, shared her secrets for career success.
Other highlights included the Career Fair, where Future Professionals mingled with salon representatives, practiced their interview skills, and learned about opportunities across America, and the Caper Mall, featuring a full line of Paul Mitchell logo wear and educational tools. Day one ended with a favorite Paul Mitchell tradition: the White Party, where Future Professionals took pictures with their favorite stars and danced the night away.
Day two centered around three hands-on classroom rotations with top Paul Mitchell artists and educators. Haircutting and color classes were awash in a sea of mannequin heads: one for each of the 300-plus attendees in each room. Working with a theme of “What Inspires You?,” Future Professionals incorporated their own inspirations into new cutting and color techniques. In the “Look and Learn” classroom, Robert, Stephanie, Angus, Scott, and others demonstrated tips and techniques. New in this year’s lineup: a specialty class for skin care Future Professionals.
The closing show featured four top salon companies: A Robert Cromeans Salon, Lunatic Fringe, Floyd’s 99 Barbershops, and Angus Mitchell Salon. As Winn Claybaugh introduced the backstage teams responsible for the entire show—including wardrobe, makeup, production, logistics, choreography, classroom leaders, dancers, and models—his final message centered on the variety of careers and opportunities available in the beauty industry.
Asked what was the best thing that happened to her at Caper, one Future Professional said, “It felt like we were the celebrities. They’re teaching us to be the stars!”
About Paul Mitchell Schools
At Paul Mitchell Schools, the teaching style is unique. They believe that education is an adventure and that the learning experience needs to be fun. When visitors tour a Paul Mitchell School, they notice something different—a positive learning environment everywhere they look. The culture within every Paul Mitchell School campus inspires confidence and success. Each school is a learning community that provides future professionals with the opportunities to develop essential skills while exploring their talents, passion, and creativity. Paul Mitchell School instructors—they call them ‘learning leaders’—are trained to draw out the artist in every student and prepare them to compete in the real world. Rather than concentrate only on the basic training needed to pass state licensing board exams, Paul Mitchell Schools provide a well-rounded lifestyle education. Their experienced staff members are specially trained to help future professionals explore all of their creative and professional possibilities.
Established 30 years ago, the Paul Mitchell network is nearly 100,000 salons strong and in 81 countries worldwide. Every professional hairdresser knows the Paul Mitchell name. Prospective employers recognize Paul Mitchell Schools’ commitment to quality and their reputation for innovation and excellence. Visit www.paulmitchell.edu to learn more.