Tell us a little about yourself…
I am a dork, and a complete Harry Potter fanatic! I was originally born in England. You’ll always see me with a smile on my face. I have a lot of big dreams, like Harry… I am going to catch the “snitch.”
Did you always know that you wanted to work in the beauty industry?
Yes and no. I have a degree in photography and was a make-up artist for five years. So I enjoy beauty. However, people began asking me to do their hair and I had no clue how. This is what led me pursue my cosmetology education.
Why did you choose The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School over other cosmetology schools?
I had heard from friends in the salon that a Paul Mitchell school would be best. The joyous feeling I received from walking into The Temple was unmatched by any other school. After my tour, I knew this was the school for me!
As a Future Professional you participated in many events while participating in on our Student Run Programs. Which ones were your favorite?
My favorite events were A Night to Shine and Hair Cuts for the Homeless. I love the feeling I get knowing I’ve made someone else feel great about themselves. I love giving back and love that it is a part of the Paul Mitchell culture here at The Temple. Another awesome event I got to participate in was working behind the scenes of the Cosmoprof Fashion Focus Hair Show at the National Harbor.
Congratulations, by the way, on winning the Electric Youth Contest! Tell us a little about the contest and the incredible grand prize you won.
For the Electric Youth Contest I had to submit a photo of a hairstyle inspired by the new Neon product line from Paul Mitchell. I chose to do a braided on purple hair with wooden toothpicks. I submitted my entry on the last day of the contest. Only one Future Professional and one Learning Leader in Paul Mitchell Schools across the nation were chosen. I was so excited to discover I won! The grand prize was that I got to go to California and work among the beauty industry’s best professionals for a Paul Mitchell photo shoot!
How was it working behind the scenes of a photo shoot with some of the top stylists/educators in the Paul Mitchell world?
Working behind the scenes was incredible. I met and assisted Noogie Thai, LaDonna Dryer, Mary Cuomo, Robert Cromeans, Stephanie Kocielski and Lucie Doughty. I learned so many tips and tricks regarding hair, and I got to see how it was working on an editorial photo shoot for Paul Mitchell. The outfits, hair, and models were flawless – I was completely beside myself. Considering my passions are hair, make up, and photography, this trip was a dream come true for me.
Let’s talk about your experiences with guests on the clinic floor. What are your top three favorite services you performed?
Of course, I loved doing any and all make up applications. (It’s one of my favorites.) I enjoy doing avant garde updos, too. However, I love the challenges presented by a double process. [Double processing is taking a guests’ hair light in a two-step process.] For me, taking a guest’s hair blonde is challenging and rewarding at the same time!
What advice would you give to people who have an interest in pursuing a career in the beauty industry?
This is an industry full of people who love what they do! Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life. Go for it – this industry is full of opportunity and wonder! I never would’ve imagined traveling this much to do what I love. I have been blessed to be apart of The Temple and the numerous opportunities that were presented to me.
Graduation is quickly approaching for you! What are your plan for when you finish your 1,500 hours?
After graduation, I will be working at Plane Jane Salon in Bethesda, MD. I cannot wait to begin working there to continue building my beautiful, vibrant and colorful clientele. After having my licesned for two years, I plan on obtaining my senior cosmetologist license!
So, do you see yourself being behind the chair forever? If not, where do you see yourself? (What is the big dream?)
I am excited to be working behind the chair. However, I do have bigger dreams. One day, I hope to be an artist for John Paul Mitchell Systems and become a salon owner. (It would be my own version of the Pulp Riot Butterfly Loft!)
Lastly, what message would you send to your fellow Future Professionals?
Say “yes” to absolutely everything. Say yes to every event and every opportunity that is presented to you. Apply for Student Run Programs and Phase 2! Participate in Beacon, Caper, and all contests that you can. Do it all – there is nothing more rewarding. The opportunities at The Temple have shaped me into the person I am today. Only one year after starting school, I am more confident than I have ever been. I am not afraid to do anything, and have had the chance to travel while being among the greatest in the beauty industry. This experience has truly bettered me as a stylist and student.
Pictured left to right: Nichole Adams, Colby Nees & Marissa Benedict
Beginning your education in the beauty industry is an exciting time for every Future Professional! That being said, it can also sometimes be a bit overwhelming.
We asked a few Temple grads to give us their best advice on how you can thrive and make the most of your time as a Future Professional at The Temple.
NICHOLE ADAMS – JULY 2017 GRADUATE
“SAY YES. Say yes to everything, all the time. When you enroll, your learning leaders will tell you that visionaries say yes and that your time at The Temple is what you make it. In the beginning, you may want to blow those statements off and not pay much attention to it. Don’t make that mistake! As Sharon Riser says “you’re interview starts the day you walk in those doors.” Listen to those words, really let them sink in.
What kind of future professional do you want to be? Showing up is only half the battle. You don’t become extraordinary by being ordinary. You have to go above and beyond. It’s always a choice but success is never owned, it’s rented, and the rent is due every single day. If you want to be successful you have to put the work in. Successful people aren’t just lucky or gifted, they work hard and succeed because of it. Successful people say YES. Say yes to all of the student run programs. Say yes to flipping pancakes in the morning, say yes to staying late and helping the team for open house. Say yes to every outside of school event they offer you. Say yes to the staff anytime they need help with something. Say yes to selling Caper promotions so you get a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Say yes to entering your work to the PBA and have a shot at winning Beacon and going to Las Vegas for the NAHA Awards. Say yes to any competition the school holds. Say yes to you friend when she wants you to do her hair. Say yes when another future professional is so nose deep in hair they can’t breathe and they need a coffee. Say yes to yourself and come to school, try your absolute best, and put in work. I promise you the school, this team, and your career will reward you in ways you cannot imagine. You won’t see it at first but in the end, it will all pay off. You will be a changed person and a completely different cosmetologist because of it. I said yes and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities that opened up because of it. The opportunities are everywhere all around you, take them. “Opportunities are often disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them”. -Ann Landers. Just say YES!”
COLBY NEES – AUGUST 2017 GRADUATE
“My best advice? Don’t let other people judge you. Make your own decisions! If this is truly your passion DO IT! Before I applied for school I was very hesitant. I didn’t want people to look down on me or think bad about me because I wasn’t going to a “real” college to get a “real” degree and a “real” job. I was a college dropout going to beauty school. But I am so happy that I did!
From my very first steps into The Temple, I knew my life was going to change forever. This place is truly my home away from home! I have met my best friends here that I will have for a life time. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything different!”
MARISSA BENEDICT- JULY 2017 GRADUATE
“Looking back, if I could give myself advice in the beginning of this program, I would tell myself to stop worrying so much about other people’s progress and focus on my own. I remember getting so worked up about how I couldn’t do something like someone else could. But if I had reminded myself that this was MY journey, I would’ve been 1000 times better off!”