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Former students having success- Jessica Cook

I had a chance to sit down recently with former student Jessica Cook, who is currently working at Ulysses Salon in Salt Lake City and was busy finishing an entry for the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). During Jessica’s time at Taylor Andrews she was a finalist for NAHA Student Stylist of the Year.

Taylor Andrews: The last time we saw you, you had just graduated after being announced as a runner up for NAHA Student Stylist of the Year. What have you been doing for the past couple of years?

Jessica: Right after school I was fortunate to work for some of the finest stylists in Salt Lake City including Fumi Eguchi and Twan Tran of  Studio H2O Salon.  I really enjoyed learning from these great artists but I wanted a little more adventure and some new experiences so I moved to New York City and applied for and was hired by the Oscar Bond Salon in SoHo.

TA: How was your experience in New York?

Jessica: I absolutely loved it. Oscar and Wendy Bond are incredible artists and great people as well.  Oscar was known for his trendy yet beautiful cuts and Wendy is a multi award-winning hair colorist. Best of all, they were just really great people,  very encouraging, and fun to work for.  The salon worked on a lot of celebrities as well, which made it interesting. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt came to the salon and Claire Danes lived in our building. I also saw Jay Z and Beyonce while I was there.

TA: Why did you decide to come back to Salt Lake City?

Jessica: Oscar and Wendy decided to sell the salon to Sam Brocato who was one of my hair hero’s. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn from Sam but the environment of the salon changed and after nearly a year in New York I felt that it was time to come back to Salt Lake.

TA: Your new collections for NAHA are amazing.  Any advice for students?

Jessica: I am thankful for the all of the events we were part of at Taylor Andrews. It really opened my eyes to what opportunities were out there. Get involved and do all you can in school. Work with a great team and just keep practicing. You learn so much by just jumping in and doing it. I love photo shoots and editorial work and I have been fortunate to work with some great photographers this year including Mitch Meyer and Justin Grant. It seems that with each session I get a little better.

TA: You’ve done a lot in your short career. What are your plans now?

Jessica: I am seriously thinking of moving to Stockholm Sweden for the adventure. I just want to get out and explore something new!

TA: Thank you, Jessica , for taking time out from your schedule to talk with us.

Jessica's Student NAHA entry from 2008.