September 4, 2013

3 Ways to Get Your Big Break in the Beauty Industry

Do you want to be a licensed cosmetologist, but the thought of working behind the chair every day just doesn’t appeal to you? Thankfully, the beauty industry offers many different and exciting career opportunities!


With the right combination of talent and ambition you could travel the world styling hair and doing makeup for high profile clients in the entertainment or fashion industry. Or maybe working behind the scenes in television or theatre is more your style. Or would you rather be front-and-center as a platform artist? It’s all possible!

So how do you get your big break in the beauty industry? You’ll need to start by rubbing elbows with influential stylists and big wigs in the beauty industry once you earn your cosmetology license. Here are three ways to grow your network and catch your big break after cosmetology school:

  1. Attend Industry Events – Networking is the key to making it big in the beauty industry. Attending high profile industry events and beauty shows offers great networking opportunities. As you’re making your way around the conference room floor, visit the booths of the product lines that you’re most interested in and mingle with the product representatives. Remember to hand out your business card to everyone you meet. Making a good impression with industry leaders could just land you a gig on their next project.
  2. Find a Mentor – Is there someone you already know in the beauty industry who has your dream job? Don’t be afraid to tell them!  Maybe it’s one of your old cosmetology school instructors or someone you met at a beauty show. Reach out to him or her and let them know that you look up to them. Offer to assist them, free of charge. Your mentor will be able to give you valuable career advice and work experience that you won’t be able to get anywhere else. When you’re out on a job with them, don’t forget to network! It could potentially lead to more work down the line.
  3. Find a Product Line – Another great way to get your big break in the beauty industry is by working for a product line. Identify the product lines that you love to use and reach out to their product representatives to find out what it takes to work for the company. Most product line companies will give you training for an entry-level position in sales or as an educator in your region. If you continue to prove yourself to your superiors, your role with the company could easily be expanded. You could travel around the world giving classes and demos on their products.

No matter which approach is a fit for you, remember to always act professionally. These people you will be working with want the best of the best representing them. Don’t take these opportunities for granted. Remember to act like a professional at all times.

If you want to make it big in the beauty industry, it starts with getting your cosmetology license! Salon Success Academy offers hands-on training in cosmetology and esthetics at its five locations throughout the Inland Empire of California. The school offers flexible class schedules, extensive preparation for the State Board exam, and Financial Aid to those who qualify. If you would like to learn more about training for a new beauty career with Salon Success Academy, fill out the form or call 877-987-4247.

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