Class Notes – Winter 2018
Several recent alumni have chosen technical or vocational training instead of the traditional college path and have already started their careers, including Olivia Bass ’14, who is a dental assistant after receiving training at Plaza Dental Assisting School and Molly Ueding ’15, who is a cosmetologist at Tranz4mationz Salon in Jeffersonville and previously profiled in this newsletter. Others include Tori Quinn ’15, who is starting her own business as a makeup artist, having become a Certified International Makeup Professional through the QC Makeup Academy; and Haley Corby ’13, Ashli McGuire ’16, and Tess Stuber ’16 each recently graduated from Paul Mitchell The School Louisville and are in various stages of becoming board-certified cosmetologists. Read more.
A customer smiles excitedly when she sees the hairstyle Haley Corby ’13, on left, has created.
Haley graduated in the fall, passed her boards in September and works with Molly at Tranz4mationz, a salon owned by Haley’s mom. Haley said her mom was her inspiration for going into the beauty field.
“I grew up watching my mom not only do hair but also own her salon,” she said. “I guess you could say it was in my blood. I have always had a love for creativity and a love for hair, so when I got the opportunity to make a career out of it, I jumped right in. I have loved every minute of it.”
Ashli also passed her boards in the fall and is completing her six-month apprenticeship at Hot Locks Salon & Spa in Louisville. She got her inspiration from her time as a PHS cheerleader.
Ashli McGuire ’16 explores trends in hair color.
“When I was a senior, the girls would ask me to do their hair and makeup before the games, and I loved doing it,” Ashli said. “After it was over, I found myself itching to do someone’s hair or makeup. I tried going to IUS for about two weeks and realized it wasn’t for me and instantly went to cosmetology school (at Paul Mitchell).”
Tess (at left) just graduated from Paul Mitchell and is preparing to take her boards to be a licensed cosmetologist in Kentucky and Indiana in a few months. She already is working at Trend Designs in Jeffersonville and welcomes classmates to book an appointment. She was inspired by her dad, the late Rick Stuber.
Tess Stuber ’16 poses in front of a backdrop at her recent graduation from Paul Mitchell.
“Cosmetology in my eyes is a form of art,” Tess said.
“My dad was an artist, and growing up watching him do all these amazing things with his art always inspired me to try to put that in my everyday life, and I do that by creating artwork with hair and makeup.”
Tori is focusing strictly on the makeup side and like Tess, was inspired by her love of art.
“What inspired me to become a makeup artist is a combination of my love for all aspects of art and beauty and being able to use makeup as my medium because with both things the possibilities are endless,” Tori said. “There are no real rules to either one, just certain guidelines, and to have the freedom to express myself through beauty by having each unique client be my canvas is what inspires me to do this job.”
All four of these grads are working hard to build clientele, even those working in salons. That means getting the word out and cultivating relationships to keep clients coming back on a regular basis – not always an easy task.
“I will say that it can be challenging at times and patience is a virtue, but I have done very well so far,” Haley said. “I stay consistently busy, but I am always on the hunt for a new client!”
Ashli also works at Roosters in Clarksville and after her apprenticeship, she will need to build her own clientele at Hot Locks. She is already working toward achieving a fully booked calendar and loving what she does, she said.
While Tess, Haley and Ashli attended a brick-and-mortar cosmetology school, Tori chose to get her certification online. She enrolled in the Master Makeup Course through QC Makeup Academy, and received lesson texts and DVDs, assignment templates, and a personal tutor. After about a year taking quizzes, creating charts, and working with models for application practice, she passed all six units and received her certification as a certified international makeup professional.
Tori Quinn ’15 is building her makeup artistry business on her own.
Tori chose to work independently, doing freelance work and booking appointments, so she could keep her options open. She said she is “still searching for my exact spot in the makeup industry. I love working with the clients I have now, and I appreciate every single opportunity I get to do their makeup, but I am still working my way up to where I know I am meant to be. So far, it is going pretty well, but I believe in myself to do better and to strive for the best possible position I could put myself in.”
For each of these beauty professionals, their new careers bring many rewards. For Tess, she enjoys the opportunity to continue to learn and grow in her profession.
“The industry is always changing, which is exciting and always new things to learn,” Tess said. “I love that it’s something new every day, and someone new in my chair every day.”
Haley finds that making others feel beautiful is fulfilling.
“I love waking up every morning and being excited to go to work,” Haley said. “I have someone new in my chair every day, and I have to be on my toes, ready for whatever their hair needs may be. I get to help them feel beautiful, and I get to be a listening ear that they may not have outside of my chair. It’s a special bond that you build between stylist and client, and it’s one that I’ve become incredibly grateful for. It’s difficult growing up and trying to decide what it is you want to do for the rest of your life, and I’m proud to say that I have chosen the right path for myself, and I thoroughly enjoy what I do every day.”
“I love making people feel better and good about themselves,” Ashli said. “I love the application of color and highlights and cutting, and I love watching and seeing the transformation of people’s hair. It never feels like ‘work.’”
Tori also finds her career much more than a job.
“I love that it is not only what I do as a career, but it is also my creative outlet,” Tori said. “Being able to say that this is my career is amazing to me because it never feels like a job! I especially love the reactions I get from clients after doing their makeup. The joy they feel when seeing themselves in the mirror, bringing that confidence out of themselves, makes me incredibly proud of what I do.”