“Today is the day, the day that you’ll start.” This is the beginning of a famous poem by Dr. Seuss and it’s also the beginning of my message to all those who are embarking on a career in the field of cosmetology. This is a fantastic industry! The whole picture of what you can do with a cosmetology license has grown into unlimited opportunities.
Throughout your career you can work behind the chair, as a platform artist, on movie sets, in salon management consulting or you may even decide to create your own product line. You may even develop a whole new direction for salon and spa operations! The possibilities are endless. Of course all this comes from getting you license and always participating in continued education.
For me, a career in cosmetology all started with a fascination with hair, mainly mine. I wanted to know how it could be cut, styled and colored. So it was an easy decision for me to go to cosmetology school. I really didn’t know how much I’d grow to love the profession until I got started. That’s the great thing about being open to trying new things; you never know where your adventures will take you. Over the last 25 years, I have spent 15 behind the chair and at one point I decided to compliment my license by getting a bachelor’s degree in Business as well as a degree in Interior Design. I’ve spent the last part of my career working as a Distributor Consultant, helping salon owners in all aspects of running a salon and managing a design studio for a salon equipment manufacturer.
But the adventure doesn’t stop there! With the economic downturn in 2008 came a new opportunity to increase my field of expertise by obtaining an MBA in Sustainable Business and LEED-AP in Commercial Interiors. I am now building a career transforming our industry from earth plunderers to Eco-Friendly stewards of the environment. Every day is a new adventure with new mountains to climb! You never know where your path will lead you, and I wish you great success in all your endeavors. Allow me to end with one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss: “You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” Dr. Seuss
- Tamara Jercha, Salon & Spa Sustainability Consultant