We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenny Kong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenny, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I had two dreams growing up. 1. Become a successful hairstylist/makeup artist. 2. Have a family of my own and live a happy life. As of now, I have fulfilled both dreams partially.. It is so difficult to have a even work life balance, but I am trying my best to achieve it! Before I got married and had kids, it was mostly work, work, work! Now, being a working mom.. I’m trying to keep it 50/50, working when I can and also being there for my family. I drop my kids off at school, volunteer at their school when I have time, take them to swim lessons once a week, and try to have dinner with just my husband at least once every other week. With no effort it would be hard, but when I’m at work, I work hard! and when I’m with the family, we make the best of it. I’m pretty happy with the balance I have now.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Hairstylists have a great power to make people feel good about themselves. It’s a very empowering job, I love my job because I get to meet all types of people. I don’t know exactly what sets me apart from other stylists but I can say that I do take my time to get to know the person sitting in my chair and what they want to achieve and all I can say is I do my best to take them there. I work with precision and take my time, which in this busy world I feel like everything and anything can be rushed. I am proud of my 14+ years of experience in this industry, its been a long ride but I’m in it for the long haul and excited for the next new client that sits in my chair.
I got where I am today by just doing my best with every client that comes to see me. I have worked with many Korean Celebs and that just makes my work a bit more exciting. Was it easy to get where I am now? No, not at all but if you try your best and have a good work ethic, nothing is impossible. A lot of my clients in and out of the salon are usually referrals and I feel that says a lot about my skills and personality. I am thankful for all the positivity around me that just helps build me up as the time goes.
The challenges I face aren’t really about what color the next person is going to dye their hair, but for me its more of how am I going to build my brand and also be a mother who is present in their children’s lives. As much as I love my work, I want to be a mother who can be there for their kids at school events, parties, and just be there with them in real time. I’ve learned to make a work/life balance by being a freelance hairstylist but its always an ongoing challenge for me,
I would like the world to know that I am a stylist that will achieve your desired look, of course if your hair can handle it! Also! I don’t just do women’s hair but also men’s hair! so don’t be shy to book an appointment!
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 would say, The Huntington Library is a great place to get coffee and to walk around and just get a great scenic experience within the flowers and beautiful architecture. Its something different than going to visit the Hollywood Strip, like EVERYONE goes to when their in LA.
Balcony Coffee and Tea is one of my favorite Coffee spots, I recommend “The Brad Pitt” drink. YUM!
I also found a new place thanks to a friend called 6XS Coffee and their “6XS Cloud” coffee is good too!
Can you tell I like coffee?
Food… I’m Korean and so I love Korean food. In K-Town: Jinsol Gookbap, YuppDduk, King Chang BBQ, Ten Raku are some of my favorite spots. I also would recommend my personal favorite Mexican tacos, sopes, tostadas from El Taurino. *drools*
To tell you the truth I don’t live in the K-Town area anymore so here’s a couple of extra places I enjoy eating at in Arcadia area. The Barn is great for small skewers and drinks. SBD BBQ for Korean BBQ! Shabu Lin for all you can eat Shabu Shabu.
If you have kids under the age of 10, Adventure City is a great place to take your kids for rides and a fun time!
Also, I went to The Great Wolf Lodge for an overnight stay and its such a fun indoor water park! it isn’t huge. but its a great time for families! Legoland in SD is always a two thumbs up for my kids!
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 would like to dedicate my shoutout to a couple of people who deserve credit. First of all my mother, who worked hard as a single mother to mold me into the person I am now. Because of her I am the hard-working, loving mother I am today.
I also would shoutout to all of my very first Cosmetology Instructors, because of them I have started in this industry with a great base and building ground for my skills today. Mano, Inge, Michael, and Rachel Bolivar and Diane Walters. These are the most important people that I have had the honor to be mentored by and always had the best support throughout my career.