Our students go on to do incredible things, but more often than not, it takes some time working in the industry before they have the opportunity to do something really amazing. However, Leah Anne has been at Scottfree Salon for less than a year, and she’s already got television makeup in her portfolio. We were thrilled to see that she did the Halloween makeup for one of the television hosts at TMJ4. We met up with Leah at her new salon home to learn more about where her career is taking her.
VICI: How did VICI Beauty School prepare you for working at Scottfree Salon?
VICI prepared me not only through their theory but through the strong clientele base I had at school. I learn by doing, and I feel I had great opportunities to practice and learn techniques through my clients at school. It helped me learn how to bring the best customer service to my guests, and I use those skills with salons clients every day.
VICI: What else have you learned now that you’ve graduated?
Now that I have graduated I have learned the ins and outs of running the front desk and scheduling appointments at Scottfree. I am currently learning how to use Goldwell color and also have advanced education classes every Monday where I’m currently learning cutting techniques.
VICI: What do you like about working at Scottfree?
I like working at Scottfree for many reasons. They offer great education and incredible opportunities for their employees. For example, some of our stylists have been able to travel to New York for Fashion week. Everyone works together and helps each other for the common good to help each other become the best stylist they can be. I’ve worked there less than two months and have already been given the opportunity to do makeup for the Milwaukee Bucks and on TMJ4.
VICI: We saw you did the Halloween makeup and hair for one of the anchors on TMJ4 Milwaukee! What was that like?
I loved doing the makeup for TMJ4! Michael, a makeup artist for Scottfree, brought me along to help him with sugar skull Halloween makeup for the anchors on Halloween. We had about an hour and a half to get both of them done and ready. We started around 7:30, and they were on air at 9:00. It was a lot of fun getting to know them and creating such fun looks! I also got to help them style their wigs for their costumes.
VICI: How is working in a salon different than in a school?
Working in a salon is different than school because everything is a little more fluid. There are many different cutting and color techniques that you just don’t learn in school. As a stylist, you have the opportunity to use your knowledge to create whatever technique and look you want. You have to know the rules to break the rules. I am currently an assistant at Scottfree and I think it’s great to learn how fast paced things move in a salon, especially when helping with shampoos for stylists who are double booked.
VICI: What advice would you give to students nearing graduation?
My advice to students nearing graduation is to research salons now! Go shadow, and start working the front desk if not starting as a salon assistant or training stylist! The sooner you get in there, the better to be surrounded by your career. I took my state boards test a few months after school, and I passed, woohoo! However, I do think it would have been a lot less stressful if I would have taken them right after mocks or right after school! Don’t wait!
My last bit of advice is remember why you started school. It’s because you love the beauty industry and you love to create. You’re an artist! Be eager to learn, work hard and have patience because your success will come!