Take a moment to get to know some extraordinary Paul Mitchell The School Great Lakes alumni.
Their stories speak to the power of dreaming big—and getting a great education.
Growing up in the metro Detroit area, Diana was all about music and adventure. She did hair out of her bathroom for fun all through high school and decided to make it a career. She entered the industry from high school and went from beauty school to being a high level executive of a multimillion dollar company with five locations nationwide (and much more in the works). Diana has done hair on main stages around the world and worked on TV shows, movies, and music video sets. Diana has done hair for NY Fashion Week, and has styled celebrities like Kate Nash, Olivia Palermo, Kristen Bell, and Miley Cyrus. She feels like it’s just been one dream come true after the other.
She believes her Paul Mitchell School education changed her life. She learned so much about the science of color, the architecture of haircutting, creating relationships in and outside of work, respectful discipline, and becoming a happy person. She believes the best advice she got was from Tina Black: “If you are good at excuses, you’ll never be good at anything else,” and also from her dad who told her, “Never work for the money...just do great work and the money will come.” She advises Future Professionals to take 100% responsibility for their career paths. She encourages them to realize their futures are theirs alone, and to surround themselves with people who are encouraging.
Erin began her journey in 2005 when she graduated from Great Lakes. Throughout her education, she fell in love with Paul Mitchell, not just the amazing products, but also the culture and family. It was something that was so contagious that she instantly knew she wanted to continue her journey with the company. After graduation, she began assisting for a John Paul Mitchell Systems educator and salon owner. That experience inspired her to also become a John Paul Mitchell Systems educator herself. She not only loved continuing her education, but also wanted to share her passion with others. That same passion drove her to open her own Focus Salon in 2013. She wanted a salon that created an experience for not only the guests, but a place where stylists would love to work. Accomplishing her dreams of owning a salon and becoming an educator has given her the opportunity to share her passion and knowledge on a daily basis with her team.
Meagan is a hairstylist for television shows and movies. She spends some time behind the chair, but only every five weeks. Her biggest mentor is Dean Banowetz, one of the hardest working people she knows. He mentored Meagan 10 years ago, and still does to this day. The best advice she ever got was to be strong and stand up for herself. It took her awhile to understand what that really meant, but after succeeding Los Angeles, she feels pretty successful doing what she loves to do. She advises Future Professionals to say yes to everything—as you never know what new, exciting thing is at the end of the answer. She hopes Future Professionals have fun and enjoy the ride.