Choice or change?

Have you thought about entering the Beauty industry but felt you don’t have the skill to enter such a rewarding industry? Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t always have to have the skill to jumpstart a carer in this fun, exciting and always changing industry. Whether you’re right out of high school or making a career change you can carve out your own space in the Beauty industry. Also if your looking for a career that offers a work-life balance, this is the career for you.

Hello! My given name is April Dawn and I have a rich background when it comes to the Beauty industry. I’ve been a licensed Cosmetologist for thirty- one year.  After graduating from high school I had no clue as to what it is I wanted to do for a career. All I knew is that I didn’t want to attend a four-year college. Maybe I was too afraid to leave my comfort zone- home. My mother suggested I attend the local technical college and take Cosmetology as a trade. And thirty-one years later, I am so in love with what I do!

I was a salon owner for eleven years. After going through a divorce and closing my business I went to work for the Salon at JC Penney. I worked with them for five years and the money was not the same as it was when owning my own salon, so I decided to relocate. I moved to Florida on someone’s else’s word that I could come live with them until I get on my feet. Well, that was short lived. After two weeks I found myself homeless. And moving back to where I moved from was not an option.

I’ve made a life here in Florida with the help of a few family members whom I am forever grateful. And having this ability to hone my craft has been the biggest asset. I was the sibling who ran to my sisters to fix my hair every morning before school because I didn’t know anything about styling hair. And it’s funny that today that’s how I pay the bills.

I’ve researched the earnings of people in this industry and I find the numberes to be, well, what I’d like to say is highly inaccurate. I say this because I am on the front lines (figuratively speaking) and I see most of the stylist I work with not reporting all of their earnings. This is something that really irks me! I’m not sure if they’re aware of how they lower the value of the Beauty industry. And people who say that you can’t make money in this industry should do a little bit of research on the projected growth of our industry. Just saying- people aren’t making this a career because just because. And that’s all I will say about that.

So, if you’re on the fence about chasing a dream you may have of entering the Beauty industry, I encourage you to jump off that fence -feet first if you have the slightest thought of being in this AWESOME industry. It can be one of the most rewarding career choices you can make. If you don’t have the skill but have the will anything is possible. If I can do it so can you.

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