We had the good fortune of connecting with Cyrus Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cyrus, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I was always a creative kid: drawing, painting, and making up games and stories. I would get teen magazines and draw more hair or makeup on Britney Spears, Mandy Moore or whoever was popular at the time. When I got older I started watching makeup tutorials and hair color videos on Youtube. However, my parents are in academia– my dad is an English professor and my mom is an academic counselor– they knew academia was a secure career path and I followed that path to UCLA where I graduated with a degree in Gender Studies. While at UCLA I was lucky enough to work on some student productions as a Hair and Makeup artist. Working backstage made me realize I could do this as a job. After college I started work in retail makeup and management but quickly realized I was wanting more artistry. So after a break up and leaving my retail job, I decided to go to cosmetology school. It was there that I met one of my mentors David Richards and from him I learned I could make a career doing hair and be creative. Because of his connection I am at the salon I am and get to work with incredible artists that continue to inspire me as in my own artistry.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a hair colorist, working in Beverly Hills. I specialize in lived-in color on blondes, brunettes, and reds.  I strive to give people amazing hair that makes them feel their best. I love when my clients leave feeling the most like themselves. I care about the person wearing the hair as much as the hair itself.

I feel lucky to work with and learn from incredible artists that helped me get to where I am now. It isn’t always easy in any artistic field, it’s rare that you are just born with all the skills you need. So in the process of learning how to achieve perfectly blended blondes, or rich brunettes there’s a learning curve. It’s hard and takes practice, then more practice. Inevitably you will still make mistakes or rather lessons to be learned. So for me it’s being willing to continue to learn because the reason I can be proud of my work is that it was something I earned through challenge. Overcoming those challenges is sticky and I still struggle with it because I’m a perfectionist and want to get things right the first time.

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?
My days off I stay on the east side, Los Feliz/Silverlake area mostly. I feel like Griffith park would be a must on my list, I go every day. It became a saving grace during the shutdowns when I needed fresh air. In keeping with staying active I would take them to my favorite workout classes at Hype Silverlake on Hyperion. They have amazing HIIT classes that anyone at any level can do but if said friend is up for a challenge I love their 30/30 classes that are 30 minutes of spin and 30 minutes of HIIT. After a good workout you need to replenish so off to Homestate or Alcove. I recently tried All Time on Hilhurst and loved the vibe and food. There’s so many places along sunset near sunset junction to wander and pop in somewhere for a bite.

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?
There are a few people who have been amazing mentors to me in my journey. The first is David Richards. He was my teacher at cosmetology school, then my first boss, and now a friend and brother. He taught me so much about the hair industry and then life through stories– always told “long story long.” He’s always someone who I can ask for career, hair, or personal advice. The second is Amy Huson. She taught me so much of how I do hair now, I could watch her work all day and was so lucky to for a year while I assisted her. Equally matched to her skills as a colorist, is her as a person: she is kind and patient and knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge. The third is Johnny Ramirez. He is the owner of Ollin Salon where I work. I have been lucky enough to learn under him and work with his team. His willingness to share what he’s learned in finding his success is a privilege. I am so grateful for all three of these individuals because I would not be where I am in my career without them.


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