We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Piskoulian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, how does your business help the community or world?
Being a hairstylist an be a powerful career if the stylist understands how much influence they have in the moments they share with their clients. We’ve grown to be a society where people don’t have conversation anymore, especially with people they just meet. Doing hair is one of those rare careers that forces uninterrupted conversation with people from all walks of life. The variety of people that have sat in my chair and have colored me with their stories has single-handedly made me a better person. I am given one hour to converse, and let me tell you, I don’t waste a second. Being that they are in my space, like to lead the conversation to places of reflection, growth and simply creating an environment where someone feels safe to just be. What our world needs right now is good conversation that comes from a place of wanting to listen and learn.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a Men’s Hair Stylist located in Culver City, California. When I first started out I had zero clients. I knew I had to go work at a chop shop, we won’t name them, but imagine your average strip mall mens hair cutting place. I barely made enough to survive and was paying my rent in dollar bills because I was sustaining from my tips. I worked there about a year and a half and gained about 50 loyal clients and made the leap of faith and rented my own chair about a mile down the road. I had read somewhere, “When you jump, the universe throws you a net.” That quote kept me going, especially on the days I would have no one in my chair. Eventually, if you are consistent and provide a good experience with a good product, you will build your business. The hardest part to overcome was the fear of failing and surrendering to just trusting myself. The struggles were internal not external. I quickly learned that my mindset was either going to make me or break me. So, I found myself reading books on mindsets and how to rewire the brain for successful self talk. I adopted a few golden nuggets I learned, and that’s really when my business took off. I found myself booked everyday with a waitlist. The most successful people I knew were optimists. People who had a mindset of creating solutions instead of focusing on the problems. What you focus on expands.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, first things first, since I’m a native Cali girl, I would take my friend to in-n-out burger for a quick bite, but not just any in-n-out. I would take them to the one near LAX airport where we can eat and watch giant airplanes take off, It’s a super dope experience. After our bellies are full of in-n-out goodness, I would then take a nice long drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu to visit one of my favorite places in LA, the Lake Shrine Self Realization Center. It’s a spiritual gem with a big, beautiful lake surrounded by swans, koi, waterfalls, windmills and a big garden that your heart cant get enough of. It hold so much peace and is the perfect place to just sit surrounded incredible energy. Next stop, Coral Canyon hike in Malibu, where you will experience a beautiful hike all the way to a peaceful waterfall. Finally, the last stop would be over the the east-side in Silver Lake for dinner at one of my all-time favorite restaurants, Mh Zh. Its hard to pronounce, but a culinary experience you won’t forget. You find yourself sitting on a busy side walk where the menus are all hand written on brown paper bags.. the rawness of the experience in what makes the environment special, along with the incredible food. Def order the Hummus Bling Bling with extra bread!
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?
I want to shout out my CLIENTS! My success is a complete reflection of them believing in me and my pursuit to grow in all areas. They remind me of my strengths when I am having off days and continue to support me. Even through the pandemic, I was able to sustain my business simply because they were STILL showing up. I don’t think there is ever “One” person, or “One” book that contributes to our success. I think a mixture of following your intuition along with the people you surround yourself is the secret sauce to finding your way through life in all areas.
Yelp: Anna’s Hair Lab