Take a moment to get to know a few extraordinary Paul Mitchell The School Pasadena alumni. Their stories speak to the power of dreaming big and getting a great education.
I am a California native whose unparalleled passion for hairdressing and creativity has contributed greatly to my success.
Spending my childhood in my aunt's salon—fascinated by all the colors, shapes, and textures—I knew that I wanted a career in the beauty and fashion industry. I later discovered my passion for creating art with my hands in sculpting class; learning how to sculpt became the foundation for my unique technique in hairdressing. At a young age, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream.
While training at The Paul Mitchell Academy, I wasted no time building my portfolio. In result, I developed an extensive and loyal clientele that keeps me in high demand as one of the most sought-after hair stylists and groomers in the industry. My clientele includes a wide range of actors and recording artists, including Cyndi Lauper, Beck, and Lisa Marie Presley. I’ve also done work for Pepsi, Wet Seal, Arden B, Jessica Simpson Maternity, Benefit Cosmetics, and Anastasia. When I am not working on set, you can find me in a yoga class or catching live bands play around Los Angeles.
After graduating from Paul Mitchell The School Pasadena, I sought out a Paul Mitchell favorite, Melissa Jaqua, at a hair show. I stood patiently near the stage and waited for a chance to hand her my business card. She called a few months later needing an assistant, and I was so honored for the opportunity! I learned so much from her and built a great friendship that I will always cherish.
My greatest accomplishment is growing a team-based culture within my business. Sure, I've created dramatic looks for runway shows, worked on set for well-known shows and celebrities; however, the reason I set out to own a salon was because I knew it could be different. My education at Paul Mitchell The School Pasadena gave me the foundation to do just that. I love coming to work every day, not just because I love what I do and my passion for this industry—but I love who I get to do it with!
My advice to Future Professionals is to not let fear or intimidation stop you from going after what it is you want. Seek out mentors. Not only so you can learn from them, but also so they can recognize that it's their time to start to mentor! The first time someone called me a mentor I almost fell out of my chair! Because I've committed so much of my life to remaining a student, I never recognized that I had learned enough that I could start sharing it and help newer stylists on their journey.
Stay humble and don't forget what it took to get you where you stand today. Lastly, don't be too hard on yourself when you make mistakes. Be grateful for the lesson, own it, and remember lessons sink in deeper when they come from the pain of a mistake rather than the joy of an accomplishment.