I have had the opportunity this year to check up on the progress of several former students and I am excited to say that there are many of our graduates out making a difference and finding tremendous success. Over the next few months I'll share some of my favorites stories in my words and theirs about their careers. I have found it very inspirational to see what they have accomplished in such a short time and I hope you will too. First up is Kelly Hanna. Kelly was both a Cosmetology and Makeup Artistry student. Kelly spent about a year after school working with us as an instructor before moving to New York City. Here is what Kelly had to say about her career.
I have no doubt that I have been successful because of Taylor Andrews and mostly, because of you, personally. I learned so much from you and your school, it has been invaluable. Of course, I thought so at the time, but moving away really illustrated to me how thorough the education at Taylor Andrews really is.
Showroom. It was an amazing experience: I was able to work Fashion
week and several high profile jobs. I can't believe some of the
people I have met and done make up on! I left my job at MAC when a
photographer hired me to do hair and makeup for his book project in
Spain. I was paid (In euros!) to move to Madrid for six weeks. Of
course, I had a great time, learned some spanish and came back to the
states with renewed confidence in my career. Since then I have been a
freelance artist: The last couple weeks, I have been doing hair for
theTyra Banks Show.
Rast, the Barbie Runway show and freelanced hair with Christo Fifth
Ave and filmed with Christo himself in his upcoming reality show. I
did wig-styling and make up for Patricia Field's last three parties
and am the key artist at her launch party at the end of this month.
Last week I was a guest artist on the Beauty Hour with Jacob Makeup on
the NYC radio station 92.3! Yesterday, I just finished taping a
Threadbangers' episode. It will air at the end of the month, I will
email you with the exact date.
in the beauty industry is: promote yourself constantly. I am my own
best advertising. Anytime someone comments on my hair, nails or make
up, they are getting a business card! I never take a day off from
handing out my business cards, it's how I have been successful. Then once
your name is out there, people start referring their friends: word of
mouth is always the best advertisement. (ok maybe a happy client
is..) Attached is a picture from the New York Daily News, I was featured in
an article last year during Fall Fashion week. Also, here is a video
from My Beauty Best Friend. (I won a make up contest in January)
taught me anything about make up-- I still use my notes from her