Take a moment to get to know some extraordinary Paul Mitchell The School Miami alumni.
Their stories speak to the power of dreaming big—and getting a great education.
Project Manager, Media & Education for John Paul Mitchell Systems
Graduated in 2007
Social Media: https://instagram.com/tallytakeson/
After graduating from Paul Mitchell, Tally’s first job was at High End Salon in Miracle Mile. After that, she became a manager for two salons, and then was contacted by the school to come back and become a Learning Leader. When she returned, she was the clinic floor captain, handling service sales, bottle sales, and helping Future Professionals with service techniques.
Tally’s mentors include John Paul DeJoria as a business mentor; she feels he is an icon and one of those individuals who started from nothing. She says he envisioned what he wanted and went for it, and still to this day he works hard in everything. Takashi is also a mentor of Tally’s because of his skill. She says his hands tell you a story while he cuts hair, and his poise on stage is motivating and inspiring. For motivation, Stephanie Kocielski is her mentor because she motivates you to be a better you.
Tally’s advice to Future Professionals: “Use every moment in school as if you were in a salon. The knowledge you take from school is what you are taking into the real world. People want to see numbers and success. Get as many people in your chair as possible and never hold back because this is your time to learn and your time to make mistakes; this is really your time to discover. Take Home is also a great opportunity to make even more money. It’s an extra motivation at the end of your service that lets you know you are not only recommending products your client needs, but also educating them and letting them know they can replicate the style you just created. Treat it as if you are a salon owner and are trying to do the best you can every day. The best advice I received was to never stop trying and to never let someone step on you or tell you that you’re not good enough. Give your dreams 100% of your work.”
Hair Stylist, Colorist, and Head of Marketing at Waves Salon Boutique
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/envyhairdesigns?fref=ts
Nelson Viera is like a filter; he diminished the pollution of his past and recycled it into success. Likewise, he is adamant about people having a mantra, and doing things that push people closer to their goals. For instance, he believes that if you do something for 21 days, thereafter your brain will naturally crave that something, resulting in a new habit.
Viera is responsible for the marketing at Waves Boutique Salon. In addition to marketing, he has a background in fashion and photography. He has an Associate’s Degree in arts, a Bachelor’s Degree in commercial design, and is an alumni valedictorian graduate of Paul Mitchell Schools. Landing his first job at 18 years old for Macy’s catalogue taught him business ethics and unknowingly inspired his future as an artist.
He became well-known for his art, opening a studio and selling many of his pieces to interior designers and collectors until the economy took a dive. Not too long after, he found himself in a dark place. His partner encouraged him to see the light at the end of the tunnel and pursue his interest in cosmetology. Nelson then found another way to use his art…with new canvases: people, hair, clothes, and the fashion-forward life.
First job after graduation…
Viera asked his partner if he knew anyone who worked at a salon. Soon after, when sitting in the comfort of his home in a tank top, not prepared mentally or physically for a job interview, unexpectedly Terry, the owner of Waves Salon Boutique walked in. After talking for a bit, Terry mentioned that she was not looking to hire anyone at that moment. Quick to respond, Viera explained his vision and expressed his interest in renting a space in her salon. This was the beginning to a new journey. Viera continues to see clients from when he was a Future Professional.
Best advice ever received…
“You don’t have to be great when you start; you have to start to be great.” These are the words he says to himself before he begins his day.
What he loved the most about Paul Mitchell School…
The structure and opportunities that were given from the first day of class; he believes a strong foundation is the key to successful discoveries and creations. He participated in every club and event he could, while taking advantage of every opportunity the school had to offer. He looked at school from a business perspective, and picked everyone’s brain who would let him. With a big smile on his face he admits, “I was the teacher’s pet.”