We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Day and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking has always been the name of the game when it comes to the beauty industry. If you’re not taking risks, then you’ll never find opportunity. I took a risk choosing to become a cosmetologist, where the percentage of people that actually get their license and continue to use it, is less than 50%. Im happy to say that 2021 will mark 11 years that i have continued my practice. I took a risk when i went to Eufora Educator Boot Camp, an intense 3-4 day program that tests your ability to teach your craft to your peers. I was beyond excited to hear I had passed and went on to educate for 3 years before i stepped down. The biggest risk i took was moving from Gilroy California, the tiniest farm town, to the one and only Los Angeles. I had reached a creative plateau with my clientele and was looking to grow as an artist. The support I received for this choice was not as positive as Id hoped. I was told several times that I would not survive Los Angeles, that it would chew me up and spit me out. Im very happy to say I have held my position at Ramos Carreon Salon for 6 years now and only grow hungrier for more experience, as well as new clients.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am currently taking on new clients for hair and makeup services at Ramos Carreon Salon. I appreciate clients that understand my professional opinion as a licensed artist holds more weight than a you tube video. My clientele take my instructions on hair maintenance and care seriously and trust my creative opinion. Ive been working with Holy Wars, an up and coming artist on multiple photoshoots as well as music videos. The last two music videos for “TV Dinner” and “Battery Life” were so incredibly fun to create. When your working with a team that really takes every detail into account, it makes the result that much sweeter. I was very proud with the release of “TV Dinner” and am very much looking forward to the drop of “Battery Life”.
I am where I am today due to lots of blood, sweat and tears. Although I made my way through cosmetology school quickly, under two years, it was not easy. My school was run like a military program with a very stern ” no exceptions” mentality. You could never be late, you could never miss days and you were constantly made to feel like your best was not good enough. I kept my nose in the books and hands on the mannequins, with a two other girls who like me, wanted to stay far away from any confrontation with the other students. Believe me there was a lot of it. I really wanted to be a stylist that shared my techniques with other stylists, not hid them. After all there is plenty of bad hair to go around for everyone. After I received my license I applied for a local salon that was “education based’ and willing to instruct new stylists on their journey. I became an educator for Eufora with the guidance of the owner, who was also an educator and went on to work as a stylist there for 5 years.
I learned a lot from my first salon job. What kind of stylist I wanted to be as well as what I didn’t want to be. As a hairdresser you really need to have confidence in yourself and get out there. No one is going to give you a clientele, you have to go out into the world and get it. I took multiple classes and education courses during my first salon era such as; mens classic cutting, foundations of haircutting 1 & 2, business building and client retention, color theory and blonding, extensions and makeup application, etc. I became lead of the wedding team, where I worked lots of weddings, creating beautiful hair & makeup for bridal parties. I worked backstage at hair shows and on set at photoshoots, really anything I could get my hands on. All tools that have molded me into the stylist I am today and I’m still learning. One of my favorite lessons in the beginning was we are always the student, never the master. It helped relax my ocd tendencies and perfectionism and really focus and how to be the best version of myself. I can honestly say the struggle made me stronger.
I am a creative first and foremost. I love to make many forms of art but my heart lays in the beauty industry. I apply advanced cutting and coloring knowledge with current style and flare to give each client a look that brings out their inner confidence.
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?
I was lucky enough to meet some amazing people very early on when I moved to LA. If my friends aren’t in the beauty industry, they in the music & film or food & beverage industry. Needless to say I got access to a lot of great places that may have taken me longer to find on my own. Its Los Angeles which means there is no shortage of bars, restaurants and venues. My favorite breakfast spot would be Home restaurant in los felid, they have an amazing eggs benedict. For lunch Id say Toca Madera in west hollywood, best salads ever. Dinner would be a toss up between Mozza and Petit Trios, which are basically across the street from one another on melrose and highland. Best italian and french food in town. Bars are endless in LA and it all really depends on your mood or vibe. Im a fan of theme bars as well as dive bars, not a fan of clubs. I love Birds in franklin village because its Alfred Hitchcock themed and the staff are phenomenal people. They also did an annual Anti Valentines Day party every year pre covid that was incredibly funny and entertaining. I used to frequent Harvard & Stone frequently when they had live music nightly, again pre covid.
I love The Fonda theatre its my absolute favorite! Ive been there more times than I can count to see so many talented artists. The vibes are always great and the acoustics are excellent. When it comes to music venues, Los Angeles is historic. The Troubadour is a staple if you want to visit a famous music venue.
If you’re a lover of art you have to go to The Broad museum. The experiences they have for you are breathtaking. Far more than walking through rooms of paintings.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Philip Carreon, Owner of Ramos Carreon Salon He not only took me under his wing and gave me tons of new techniques to apply to my business, he befriended me in a way that now makes him feel like family. I would not be where i am without his patience, generosity and kindness.