We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelica Olguin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelica, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Balance is the hardest thing that I have had to learn to do. When I first started, I was young and inexperienced at running a business. Even though I had been in the hair industry for over 8 years, I just starting to learn what it meant to run a hair salon. I went from having a strong social life to being tied down to my business. I was busy trying to establish the salon and make everyone happy. My priority was to have a busy salon. Over time, I am happy to share that I was able to quickly learn the ins and outs of a salon. With patience, hard work and dedication I now have clientele and a full staff. Once reaching that goal, balance came into my life. A strict schedule allows me to balance everything, This allows me to make time for work and personal life, This gives me a chance to enjoy both sides of my life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Growing up in a Hispanic home, with strict parents with high expectations, I was always pushed to get the straight A’s and to go to college. I always knew that I had an artistic outlook and that was not my path. Instead, I went with my gut and followed my dream. My parents understood and supported me. My mom always said, “echale ganas”(Give it your all) and so I did. I believed in myself and now I am a business owner. My message to those who find themselves lost is that you don’t need to be “booksmart” to be successful.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
You can never go wrong with DTLA. My favorite place in DTLA is the art district where you can find art, music, food and breweries. DTLA is so diverse you can find culture, customs and traditions all around.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband, Elio Olguin, has been my biggest support. He has picked me up when I was down. My family and friends have also been a great support. And of course, my entire clientele who have followed me to where I am now.