Meeting people at the right time may change your life forever. I am perfect witness to that.
Around this time last year, CosmoProf invited me to attend their Spring Style Show in San Jose, California where I held a meet and greet in the Connect Lounge. You might be wondering how they found me or why they chose to invite me of all stylists. Well, as I have said numerous times, social media is the new business card, and they found me due to my presence on social. If you want to break into the industry, be sure to consistently share your art (and your unique approach to your art) on social platforms. Hashtags help the experts locate you in a sea of talented stylists. So don't forget to hashtag #CosmoProfBeauty #LicensedtoCreate on your posts!
The Spring Style Show was one of my very first public events, and I was nervous because I did not know what to expect. But I quickly realized that I was in "my zone" and had the opportunity to meet hundreds of talented stylists--familiar and new.
Whether you and I have been connected for a few days or a few years, it’s important to note that this was a new adventure for me. It was one of the first times I attended a conference to network (outside of the salon atmosphere). I could not believe the amazing turnout. Not only did I meet my own followers at that time face-to-face, but I made new friends, too.
When I left the conference in San Jose to go back home to Los Angeles, I felt blessed and refreshed by the opportunity. I had no idea that I would spend the day in a room full of people united by the desire to bring beauty to life with brands that we trust and believe in. The experience ignited a new passion in me.
Although I was asked to hold this meet and greet to teach others, I ended the day learning just as much, if not more about the hair industry. I quickly realized that I wanted to travel and educate other stylists about new techniques with brands that I love.
The timing was perfect, and little did I know the feeling was mutual.
Shortly after the event, CosmoProf approached me with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: They were interested in bringing someone new and fresh into the industry and asked if I would accept a newly formed position as the Brand Ambassador. Of course I said yes! And a year later, I still can’t believe that CosmoProf chose me!
CosmoProf supports the success of stylists all over the world. I consider it my personal candy store because I have shopped there for all of my beauty supplies since graduating beauty school. Becoming the Brand Ambassador of CosmoProf is not only an honor, but a dream come true. As the Brand Ambassador I am able to stand authentically behind the brands I believe in and love. I am also the first stylist to be featured on the front cover of the ComsoProf magazine (September 2015 and March 2016) as they had featured models before.
I am “Licensed to Create.” This means I can be authentic.
I can express myself through my craft and bring beauty to life.
But it’s not always about me. It is about my clients and the smile on their face when they see the transformation.
CosmoProf is the ultimate path to being LICENSED TO CREATE. I have the freedom to explore with new colors and products and give my honest point of view. I travel all over the world teaching new techniques that I create and sharing my passion with all my hair dolls.
But beyond the opportunity to travel and educate people about their hair, I feel like I’m part of a family that lets me be ME! It feels amazing to have my beauty family support me and let me live my passion OUT LOUD.
Being a Brand Ambassador is not all about me though. It is about CosmoProf believing in all of those who pursue a career in the beauty industry. YOU can also earn your way to the front cover of a magazine. In addition to marketing yourself on social platforms and using hashtags to set your work apart, here are some personal words of advice: