Coryn has been in the industry for 15 years. I discovered her on Instagram about 5 months ago. I was completely in awe of her work. Her colors and balayage are so polished, her haircuts are super precise, and her styling is on point every single time. The consistency in her work is what drew me in. I'm sure this is why she has over 15k followers on Instagram. We all know how social media can positively impact your career, especially when you are trying to build your book behind the chair. In Coryn's case, this has proven to be very true. In our interview, Coryn talks about taking the leap to become an Independent Artist, the importance of education, and how taking risks will help you find yourself as a stylist. As always, we hope this interview will motivate you, inspire you , and encourage you, to continue to share your love and passion for the beauty industry.
1. What is your specialty? Color and cut mostly, with a passion for styling
2. What makes you a stand out in the industry?
My honesty. I really evaluate what type of style will work for my client. I try to remain realistic about what he/she will be able to do with their hair when left to their own vices. It's important that they are able to make it look just as good as they did when they leave the salon. I'm not afraid to tell someone that something won't work for them. It's all about compromise.
3. What piece of advice would you give to other stylists who are trying to grow in this business?
Don't be afraid to take risks. Often times we learn the most from the mistakes we make. That is a form of gaining experience, and finding yourself as a stylist.
4. What is the best part of being a stylist?
I have always been a big fan of design. I love the idea of creating and customizing an individual look for each person that sits in my chair. Nobody looks the same, and I love that. It's honestly what fuels me. I also love being able to talk to people. All different walks of life, it fascinates me.
5. How important is education and how often do you attend classes?
Education is huge. I have picked up many techniques along the way that have helped propel my hair game. I am so grateful for all of the education we have at our fingertips. Our industry is so fortunate to have the resources we have been offered. It's so awesome!!! I myself try to take a couple of bigger classes a year, with mini classes in between. Online webinars have been really helpful as well.
6. What is your biggest accomplishment?What are you most proud of?
This year was a huge stepping stone for me. I recently went out on my own and opened up a private studio. It was a lot of work but has been incredibly rewarding. I was craving more responsibility, so I challenged myself. I set a goal, and I went for it. I still pinch myself because it doesn't feel real.
7. Who is your inspiration?
My mother. She's always inspired me to just keep moving, because that's what she does. She never stops. She never makes excuses, and she's not afraid to fail. She puts it all out there. I've never met someone so motivated. I always say I'd be lucky to be half the woman she is someday.
8. What is the biggest misconception of being a hairstylist?
One misconception that I've heard is that hairstylists are either crazy, uneducated, hard to date, the list goes on and on. But the funny part is, the joke isn't on us. It's on anybody that believes it. I'm seeing more and more people in the industry make big names for themselves. These individuals are some of the smartest, most business savvy people I've ever seen. They're doing what some people with 4 year degrees wish they could do. It's seriously empowering. You get what you give in this industry, and the possibilities are endless.