I started cosmetology school by complete accident. I thought it was a perfect opportunity my junior year to leave high school after third hour. Any excuse to get out of that hellhole. To my surprise, the Brighton Institute of Cosmetology (BIC) had a very strict attendance policy, and I had no plan B. So make the best of it, right? Life hands you lemons, just add vodka.
I plowed through the hours I needed to complete and graduate from cosmetology school. My fondest memories of the BIC were of Mr. Arbor, the owner. He was so persistent in his lectures about stylists making the “big bucks.” He was obsessed with money, and he wanted his students to know that there was a large opportunity in the beauty industry. I made sure to go searching for that opportunity. Next step for me was to find a salon and get my foot in the door. The BIC had different stylists from salons in the surrounding area teach classes. Victoria Benham’s advanced updo class was my introduction to Brown & DeLine. She was fabulously dressed and accessorized in a pencil skirt suit. She looked like a bag of money. I fell in love with her style; she had a presence about her. She explained amazing things Brown & DeLine had going on, and I wanted in. Brown & DeLine West had opened earlier in the year. Victoria mentioned the opportunity to shadow her on a busy Saturday during prom. I jumped at the opportunity.
I was on the books to shadow on Saturday, May 14, 2005. I dressed in black from head to toe as instructed by Sarah, Brown & DeLine’s front desk manager. I was completely mesmerized by the hustle and bustle of the salon. Cathy, the salon owner, was gracious and beautiful all day as she worked behind the chair. This Saturday at Brown & DeLine was nothing like the roller sets and perms we would get at the BIC. I saw mind-blowing updos and happy clientele everywhere. This is where I wanted to be. Every client and every stylist left the building with smiles on their faces. It was contagious.
I applied for a front desk position and started at Brown & DeLine on May 23, 2005. I quickly began my relationship with Cathy. She told me from the get-go to visualize what I want and go for it. She explained that the beauty industry can support your dreams and aspirations as long as you put in the work. With earning a decent wage comes more opportunity. Opportunity to go for what I want, what I always dreamed of. I quickly learned the concept of goal setting. Set a goal and go for it. So I did, and I do, always.
I quickly worked my way up from front desk salon coordinator to assistant to hairstylist. Brown & DeLine gave me all the tools, equipment, and resources I needed. The information in this book can help you set your goals and get what you have always dreamed of.
This is why I do what I do. This is how I keep it G.
There are no limits in this industry.
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