April 2010: One Person Really Can Change the Worldby Gail Fink, Editor on 4/15/2010
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Dear Future Professionals and Industry Friends,
Some of you might be too young to remember Hush Puppies, those comfy suede shoes. They were popular in the 1980s, but by early 1994 sales were down to 30,000 pairs a year and the manufacturer was thinking of phasing them out. Suddenly, in 1995, sales shot up to 430,000 pairs. The manufacturers were baffled, especially since they hadn’t done anything to promote the shoes. What happened is that a couple of teenagers in New York decided to wear them one day. A few other teenagers saw them and decided to wear them, too. Before long, people were wearing Hush Puppies to popular Manhattan clubs. A New York fashion designer used them in his spring collection, and top designer Isaac Mizrahi was seen wearing them. A fashion revolution was in full force.
In The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, author Malcolm Gladwell says this is how most trends start: “Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can … a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant,” he explains. I believe we can use this concept in a positive way.
Every Paul Mitchell Future Professional learns the importance of mastering technical skills. They also learn the simple yet powerful concept of being nice. Since joining the beauty industry, I’ve had the privilege of meeting and learning from top hairdressers, estheticians, and business people. Without exception, they all admit that they may not be the most technically talented, smartest, or fastest artists, but their success comes from how they treat people. They care about their guests and the people around them, they have a positive attitude, and they work hard at building relationships. In other words, they’re successful because they’re nice.
Being nice is not inherited; you need to learn and practice it. One effective way is by doing random acts of kindness. Have you ever noticed what happens when you let another driver cut in front of you on the road? Chances are that he’ll give someone else a break, then that person will do the same, and before you know it, you’re at the tipping point.
If two people could start a Hush Puppies revolution, imagine what we can do with 10,000 Future Professionals graduating from Paul Mitchell Schools each year. Let’s start a Be Nice revolution by making acts of kindness the norm instead of the exception. Do you believe that being nice can change the world? I certainly think it can!
— Arlene Lyons
Dean of the Esani Institute — A Paul Mitchell Partner School
Bobby Bailey is a social entrepreneur and one of the founders of Invisible Children, a nonprofit organization seeking to end the war in Uganda and stop the practice of abducting children for use as child soldiers. Bobby, who attended the University of California film school, directed and edited numerous films for Invisible Children and helped orchestrate nine national tours and three worldwide advocacy events that united 250,000 people.
Regarded as one of the most talented and passionate men of his generation, Bobby speaks at conferences, colleges, film festivals, and organizations around the world including the United Nations and U.S. House and Senate hearings. Featured on Larry King Live and The Oprah Show, his influence and inspiration to the millennial generation are mobilizing young adults for multiple causes around the world.
With his new company, The Brave, Bobby is using his filmmaking and advocacy skills to call upon the millennial generation to help change the world. His latest film, When the Night Comes, was made at the request of Elizabeth Gore, director of Nothing But Nets, a United Nations foundation that seeks to end malaria by 2015 (www.nothingbutnets.net).
Get Involved: Sleep Out to End Malaria on April 24
On April 24, 201, the eve of World Malaria Day, thousands of people across America will unite by sleeping out to show world leaders their commitment to ending malaria deaths in Africa. Visit www.whenthenightcomes.com to see how you can participate.
In this powerful interview by Winn Claybaugh, you’ll hear how Bobby’s influence and inspiration to the millennial generation are mobilizing young adults for multiple causes around the world and what you can do to help change the world.
Ohio Academy Team Styles Hair for Black Eyed Peas Video
Seth Willis, a graduate of the Ohio Academy — A Paul Mitchell Partner School, rounded up a team of Paul Mitchell Future Professionals and alumni to style hair for a recent Black Eyed Peas video. The video will play at every Black Eyed Peas appearance this year, during the song “Now Generation.”
Seth’s team included alumni Natalie Cook and Cait Ogilbee and Future Professionals Sara Harshbarger and Jeneca Holland from the Ohio Academy. They worked on over 40 models and extras, using all Paul Mitchell products. “My team was so amazing, talented, and professional,” Seth said. “They deserve all the credit.”
Parisian Academy School Owner Receives Award
Harry Comp, Jr., owner/director of Parisian Beauty Academy — A Paul Mitchell Partner School in Hackensack, New Jersey, will receive the Hackensack Education Foundation’s 2010 Distinguished Citizen Award at their annual award ceremony on May 5.
The award honors those in the community who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to Hackensack schools and the students they serve. Harry was recognized for his “outstanding leadership in innovative programs, which have provided creative educational experiences for Hackensack students,” said Hackensack Education Foundation President Joanne Wexler.
“I am extremely honored to receive this distinguished award on behalf of the Future Professionals, faculty, and staff at Parisian,” Harry said. “It is through their dedication to the Paul Mitchell School philosophy of self-development through the integration of education, experience, and goodwill that our Future Professionals graduate with so much more than superior education and training for successful careers. They learn how fulfilling life becomes when we reach out and take care of our communities and one another.”
Invisible Children “Legacy Tour” Comes to Paul Mitchell Schools
Amy Vait was a Future Professional when roadies from Invisible Children visited The Temple — A Paul Mitchell Partner School in Frederick, Maryland. Inspired by their film about child soldiers in Uganda, Amy and The Temple’s Be Nice (Or Else!) Team immediately got involved in some of their events. After graduation, Amy became a roadie herself, touring New England last fall and returning for a second tour this spring.
“The spring tour is called our Legacy Tour,” Amy said, “and this time eight Ugandans (around my age) are joining the teams to tell their stories at our film screenings.” The eight students (all on scholarships from IC’s Visible Child Scholarship Program) are accompanied by eight Ugandan staff members from IC’s offices in Gulu, Uganda. Amy’s team includes Ronald Okello, a 19-year-old Ugandan who was almost abducted twice by rebel soldiers but somehow managed to escape; IC staff member Jolly Okot; and three American roadies.
“I’ve encouraged Amy and the other fifteen roadie teams to contact ALL of our schools to schedule a screening of their film,” said Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh.
Vanguard College of Cosmetology — A Paul Mitchell Partner School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, welcomed a team on March 16. “The entire campus was extremely moved by the presentation,” said Admissions Leader Megan Babin. “Benna, a young woman from Uganda, was such an inspiration that we felt it imperative to give her her first salon experience. She received an amazing scalp therapy, her nails done, and also a haircut and style. She left feeling like a million bucks, but the real victory was that she taught us that with education and love, anything is possible.”
To schedule a screening at your school, home, salon, or business, call Invisible Children at (619) 562-2799, and they’ll connect you with the roadie team in your area.
New Additions to Paul Mitchell Schools’ Dean’s List
In recognition of their outstanding achievements in academia, community, attitude, school program involvement, and culture, the following Future Professionals have been named to the Paul Mitchell Schools’ Dean’s List this month:
“What I mostly loved about the Dean’s List was the challenge it gave me,” said Christina Castro of Costa Mesa. “I feel like I took full advantage of what Paul Mitchell The School had to offer me. The Dean’s List shows the dedication and effort a Future Professional will put into their career, and I strongly believe that the effort one puts into school is the effort they will put in their real life.”
To qualify for the Dean’s List, Future Professionals in the cosmetology, skin, and nail programs must meet extensive criteria, including academic and attendance requirements, participation in philanthropic activities, membership in at least two student-run programs, and entering Beacon.
All Dean’s List honorees are recognized on www.PaulMitchellTheSchool.com. CLICK HERE to see a list of the recipients to date.
Colorado Springs Future Professional Assists Onstage at ISSE
Heather Mora, a Future Professional at Paul Mitchell The School — Colorado Springs, was chosen to assist renowned stylists Ruth Roche and Charlie Price at the 2010 International Salon and Spa Expo (ISSE) in Long Beach, California, held January 30 through February 1.
“I e-mailed Winn Claybaugh to ask if he could possibly connect me with Ruth,” Heather says. “I was hoping to get a photo with her and maybe a few minutes of her time, but Winn forwarded my e-mail and résumé directly to Ruth. The next thing I knew, her assistant was calling me for an interview and I was the only student chosen out of several candidates.”
Heather was in charge of the sales booth and assisted Ruth and Charlie during model call and rehearsals, setting hair and helping with wardrobe. She also helped backstage with hair and wardrobe changes, and assisted Ruth on stage during one of her demonstrations. “Ruth introduced me to the entire audience when I walked out,” Heather says. “It was terrifying, but amazing. I also have an open invitation to shadow her at her New York City salon and she informed me that I will be at the top of their list for future shows and events. Ruth and Charlie both introduced me to some amazing stylists, NAHA people, Behind the Chair staff, just so many possibilities. I feel outrageously blessed.”
Heather’s advice for Future Professionals: “Do what they tell us: be a visionary and take every opportunity available at school. When I sent the e-mail to Winn, I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain, and look at what this turned into.”
Ruth Roche is a long-time favorite at Paul Mitchell Schools. In 2006, she visited North Haven Academy — A Paul Mitchell Partner School, and described her experience in American Salon, saying: “The best part of the day was learning from the students, whom I consider to be so inspiring. They’re passionate about learning their craft, being the best that they can be, and dreaming big every day.”
Paul Mitchell Bus Brings Styles and Smiles
“Many businesses spend thousands of dollars on ineffective ads, but we have a constant billboard,” says Paul Mitchell School owner Giulio Veglio. He’s talking about his custom wrapped, 45-foot, luxury Paul Mitchell bus. “When we take it to events, people who are interested in our schools can meet with Financial and Admissions Leaders while the Future Professionals are outside cutting hair.”
Last year, the bus took Future Professionals to a fundraising event at Larry King’s grandchildren’s elementary school in Tampa, Florida. When the Future Professionals stepped out looking like rock stars, the kids eagerly lined up to have their hair cut. The event was so successful that Larry King visited the Future Professionals at their Tampa Paul Mitchell School to extend his thanks.
Giulio willingly shares the bus with other Paul Mitchell schools, charging only for mileage, gas, and the cost of the driver. Learning Leader Ashley Hansen from Paul Mitchell The School — Costa Mesa, said, “Going to eight different destinations in the Paul Mitchell bus made our day and got our community in a fabulous mood. We went to high schools and the streets, giving free hugs and passing out products, menus, newsletters, and Get a Life cards. By the end of the day, all of Orange County was talking about Paul Mitchell and how amazing we are!”
Giulio adds, “We use the bus for a lot of charitable work, high school visits, and recruiting events. At Christmas time, we support an annual toy drive, loading the bus with about 50 bikes and toys stacked to the ceiling. It’s not a limo or party bus, and it’s not for personal use. It’s an investment in our schools and our Future Professionals, who earn the privilege of riding in it. Sometimes we’ll notice a Future Professional who’s down and out and we’ll say, ‘You had a great week, we love you, we appreciate you, and we'd like you to ride on the bus for this event.’ That simple gesture can change their attitude at school, how they feel, and their self-worth.”
Paul Mitchell Learning Leader Styles Wigs for Special Prom
(Photos by Doug Kapustin for USA Today and Paul Mitchell The School — Virginia)
Dallas Murray, a Learning Leader at Paul Mitchell The School — Virginia, and his assistant for the evening, Future Professional Bobbi Timms, were among the many volunteers who jumped at the chance to create an unforgettable evening for a teenage oncology patient.
Diagnosed with leukemia in September 2009, 17-year-old Ashley Riemer spent most of her senior year undergoing chemotherapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Realizing that she probably would not attend her senior prom, her family, friends, and medical staff decided to throw Walter Reed’s first-ever prom. “I lost a parent to breast cancer, and Bobbi had a family member who suffered from cancer as well,” Dallas said. “We knew how gratifying it would be to have the chance to brighten Ashley’s night.”
Wearing gowns donated by Bloomingdale’s and Versace, and a donated Tiffany necklace, Ashley looked like a princess when she arrived. An Estee Lauder makeup artist created eyebrows and the illusion of lashes to replace those she’d lost to chemotherapy, and Dallas and Bobbi styled two beautiful wigs for her.
“Seeing Ashley’s expressions and enjoyment throughout the night was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Bobbi said. “At Paul Mitchell, we have a saying: Giving back is the new black. It was such an honor to really live that verbiage and make a difference.”
Ashley’s prom received major media coverage on Fox National News, USA Today, USAtoday.com, and Yahoo.com.
Cincinnati Academy Helps Stop Hunger in Haiti
The Design Team from Cincinnati Academy — A Paul Mitchell Partner School joined Production Runway and Chia Media to provide hair and makeup for two recent events.
On March 5, the Future Professionals spent an evening at the Ronald McDonald House “Catwalk for Kids” event, doing hair, nails, and makeup for sick children and their siblings and parents, interacting with the families, and passing out VIP cards. “We now have a great relationship with the Ronald McDonald House and plan to go there on a regular basis,” said Admissions Leader Christina Howarth.
On March 6, the Design Team provided hair and makeup for the models of “Catwalk for Haiti,” a fashion show/fundraiser in Newport, Kentucky, benefiting the Cincinnati-based charity, Kids Against Hunger. The event raised enough money to purchase ingredients for 4,000 meals, enabling 11 children to eat for a year.
What If You Could Change the World by Making Someone’s Day?
World-renowned hairstylist David Wagner coined the term daymaker and launched what fast became known as the Daymaker Movement. To share the philosophy that is the cornerstone of his life, he also wrote the best-selling book, Life as a Daymaker: How to Change the World by Making Someone’s Day.
David defines a daymaker as someone who performs intentional acts of kindness with the mindset of making the world a better place. His Daymaker Movement suggests that you notice the people you encounter each day and provide a small gesture to make their day. When you give others the quality of attention that makes them feel important, smart, beautiful, or unique, it’s nearly impossible to focus on your own problems, David says. Being a daymaker can have profound effects, offering you a way to significantly impact your community and generating a ripple effect that can change the world.
Of course, being a daymaker is great for business, too. Who wouldn’t want to visit a beauty professional who makes your day? Being a daymaker can also help to create a tipping point in which the pendulum swings in the direction of kindness, care, love, and joy.
David’s book and Web site offer many examples of actions you can take to actively love your guests, coworkers, family, friends, and yourself. If you’re the type of person who likes to make to-do lists, you’ll love some of his suggestions. Along with “Pick up a gallon of milk,” how about adding to your BE NICE to-do list: “Put a quarter in a gumball machine and walk away” or “Pick up lunch for someone at work you know is swamped”?
For more ways to make someone’s day and help move the world toward a tipping point of being nice, visit www.DaymakerMovement.com.
Lifetime relationships pose ups and downs, loving and fighting. So how do you sleep at night with the thought that if a loved one were to be taken from you, you would have no regrets? A life full of regret is certainly not what you desire, so why not make the proclamation: No Regrets.
Jermaine Mendoza, Class of 2010
Paul Mitchell The School — San Antonio
After graduating from high school in 2002, Jermaine Mendoza headed for college to study drawing and painting. Struggling to make ends meet, he became homeless for a few months and eventually dropped out of school.
Although few people knew it, Jermaine had always loved cutting and styling hair. When friends complimented him and asked, “Who does your hair?” the answer was always, “I do!” “I had heard of a Paul Mitchell School opening nearby but thought, ‘I’m not good enough and I can’t afford it,’” he says. When a close friend jokingly threatened to beat him up if he didn’t start cosmetology school, and even scheduled a tour for him, Jermaine got serious and enrolled in school in January 2009.
One month later, Jermaine’s car died and he couldn’t afford to get it fixed. In October, an accident left him with back pain that promises to get worse with age. “Suffering from depression, financial debt, no vehicle, and having to balance a roller coaster of a personal life with work and school has not been easy,” he says, “but my passion to do what I love has driven me.”
Jermaine’s determination landed him in Student Council, the Be Nice (Or Else!) Team, the Take Home Team, and Phase Two. He’s been a stylist for three student hair shows, including one with the Angus M Team. He earned his way to two Paul Mitchell Caper events and has used his artistic talent to design T-shirts for school activities and FUNraisers. “I love what I do and would love to make a great career of doing what I love, so I continue to work hard to see my dreams come true,” he says.
Jermaine’s advice for Future Professionals:
- Be yourself, for yourself, and no one else.
- Find mentors who exemplify positivity. Don’t let negative people get you down.
- The school’s administrators are there to help you. Ask questions, respect them, respect yourself, and be a daymaker to everyone, regardless of their mood.
- Remember to love yourself and everyone around you. You’re not a robot. Let yourself feel from your soul; that’s where your passion comes from, so why should you ever suppress it? It’s okay to show emotion, but remember, there’s a time and place.
- Go to school! The more you attend, the quicker you finish. Why prolong your career? It’s waiting for you.
“Jermaine has walked through a lot and always kept his head up. He has great attendance and a great attitude, always says yes, and is positive about his future. He is enthusiastic, willing to do more than he is asked to do, and is a team player. If you looked in the dictionary for visionary, his picture would be there.”
— John Turnage
Director, Paul Mitchell The School — San Antonio
Adrianna “Dre” Mireles, Class of 2003
Paul Mitchell The School — Costa Mesa
Adrianna “Dre” Mireles readily admits that she was not a model student. She left school one day without clocking out, resulting in a two-week suspension. But she worked hard, graduated, and was hired at the school about a year later, working her way from front desk to management before joining another Paul Mitchell School. Unfortunately, while attending an event as a staff member, Dre made another costly mistake that resulted in her dismissal.
At first, Dre was angry because she felt she’d been misjudged. “I was angry until I started looking for jobs,” she says. Realizing how much she loved the company, she begged the Costa Mesa school to give her a second chance and willingly accepted a demotion and a cut in pay.
Brennan Claybaugh, director of education for Paul Mitchell Schools, says, “I admire Dre because she has on several occasions made mistakes but she has taken responsibility rather than blaming other people or coming up with excuses. She showed great maturity when she came back with her tail between her legs, asking ‘What do I need to do to fix this?’ She loves the culture, she’s really into making sure the Future Professionals have a great learning experience, and she always wants to be pushed and be better. That’s a leader.”
Dre admits, “It was hard for me to transition from being Education Leader to Learning Leader. It taught me a good piece of humble pie. I put my head down, did my job, and it’s definitely worth it. I used to go around in the company and think, ‘What works best for me?’ Now I think, ‘Who am I accountable for?’ That’s how I’ve done a better job in my work. You have to remember whose bus you’re on. I’m not just a good Learning Leader for myself but because I’m responsible to the Future Professionals and accountable to Winn. I will never screw up again.”
Dre’s advice for Future Professionals:
- Own up to your mistakes.
- Even though things sometimes seem hard, the “ups” are more rewarding when they occur after the “downs.” It’s always better after you crash and get back up.
- Be comfortable with who you are but keep wanting more: more education, great relationships.
“To look at Dre, you might think she doesn’t have the look to be a leader, but what is the look? Dre has everything it takes: when it comes to attitude, preparation, lesson planning, and career path, she’s a model Learning Leader. Everyone who meets and gets to know her falls in love with her. I would rather have 100 quirky looking Dre’s with her great attitude than one person who looks the way they think they should look but has a lousy attitude.”
— Brennan Claybaugh
Director of Education for Paul Mitchell Schools and Advanced Academy
To be considered for Video of the Month, post your video on YouTube and send the link to George Morales (Gmorales562@aol.com). Please note: Videos that use unauthorized copyrighted music will not be considered for Video of the Month.
Kashea Coleman of Paul Mitchell The School — Wichita made this month’s video as part of her entry for Beacon 2010, the annual contest sponsored by the Professional Beauty Association.
Kashea attends night school, works as a paraprofessional for a kindergarten class during the day, and is the full-time mother of Khalil, a wonderful, energetic little boy who has been a major part of her motivation. “I’ve learned so much in the past two years and it led me to believe that you should follow your heart and do what you love,” Kashea says. “I love the cosmetology industry and I’m excited about turning my dreams and my passion into my career. I want my son to realize, through me, that you can make your dreams a lifetime career.”
Kashea hopes to become a stylist in a Paul Mitchell salon, a specialist in cutting or coloring, a Focus Salon owner, and a Learning Leader so she can give back.
School director Schrene Davis says, “Kashea is an awesome Future Professional with talent and drive. We’re blessed to have her.”
Rana Bowers, a 2008 graduate of the Cincinnati Academy — A Paul Mitchell Partner School, won first place in a Halloween contest offered by legendary stylist Vivienne Mackinder and Hair Designer TV (HDTV). The prize: A New York City photo shoot/workshop with Vivienne, international photographer Roberto Ligresti, makeup artist David Maderich, and three top fashion models.
For her award-winning entry, Rana styled her own hair and makeup and designed her elaborate Poison Ivy costume, which was based on the Batman character and made by former Walt Disney costume designer Dean Waltz.
“What education!” Rana said. “It was above and beyond any expectations I could even envision. I knew we were going to assist Vivienne in some manner, but I didn’t realize we would actually work with models from Ford, Elite, and other venues. It was probably as professional as it gets.”
The photo shoot will be featured in an upcoming edition of American Salon magazine, MOD magazine, and a documentary, with all nine attendees listed as assistants to Vivienne Mackinder.
Hi-Tech Happenings from the Paul Mitchell “Green Geeks”
This month’s tips came from the Information Technology department at John Paul Mitchell Systems.
There are some great products out there for making your home or business smarter. Solar technology, LED lighting, smart grid attachments, and even Internet-controlled appliances are all available. What’s more, they’re not so hard to install. Check out a sampling at: http://tinyurl.com/6p8rlv
Got an iPhone? Here are some cool green apps you can explore:
- Carbon Tracker: http://tinyurl.com/9mtwg4
- The Green Lemur: http://tinyurl.com/ydq7rzl
- The Green Meter: http://tinyurl.com/5jhwrp
- Get Green: http://tinyurl.com/yd6ybs9
- iGreen: http://tinyurl.com/yd2er57
Last but not least, getting involved and keeping up with the green perspective is as easy as following a few blogs. Here are some great blogs that keep up with all things green:
Of course, our Paul Mitchell Green Team Group on Facebook is a great resource, so if you have any favorite blogs that you follow, please share them on our Facebook group wall.
For a downloadable PDF version of the February Green Team Newsletter, go to: http://www.paulmitchell.com/Documents/GreenTeamNewsletter.pdf
Paul Mitchell Future Professionals, “you need” to educate yourselves on how your annual FUNraising dollars will make a difference for this year’s supported charities. Here are some fast facts and links to the organizations, so you can see what they do and where your money goes.
Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation
- $50 will help purchase scrapbooking supplies for guests to preserve their memories.
- $100 will help continue our Leeza’s Memory Television program.
- $500 will help continue the Caregiver Connection Hotline.
- $1,000 will help honor the mission to open more Leeza’s Place locations across the country.
Larry King Cardiac Foundation
- $2,500 saves one life. Each school that raises money directly for LKCF will receive a picture of the person they help to save.
- Every dollar helps pay for a life-saving cardiac procedure for someone who does not have the money or insurance to get that care. (Even with the new health care reform bill, "working poor" Americans in this situation are at least 9 years away from receiving treatment.)
Food 4 Africa
- $161 will feed 2,700 preschool children one meal or feed 90 children for a month.
- $200 will provide a senior citizen breakfast every day for a month.
Children’s Miracle Network
- $1,500 will purchase 3 fetal heart monitors.
- $2,500 pays for 1 emergency cart.
- $6,000 will buy 4 pediatric wheelchairs.
- $7,000 will pay for 7 pulse oximeters.
- $15,000 will purchase 2 bedside monitors.
- $16,000 will provide 4 ventilators.
- $20,000 will pay for 2 critical care cribs.
- $32,000 will provide 2 MRI scans.
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