We had the good fortune of connecting with Kat Papadopoulos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kat, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
My whole career has been a risk. I started when I was 18 in the corporate world of hair, but knew that the artist and entrepreneur in me had to be set free. At 22 I became a small business owner, working for myself at a salon. In 2015 I had the opportunity to open and create a successful independent salon with partners, and that risk paid off until the pandemic. I know we have all been tested during these tough times, but for me, getting through this pandemic hasn’t just been about staying safe. It’s been about me starting from scratch and rebuilding my dreams and goals from the ground up. Opening a new business is always a risk, but all my experiences just show me I have all the tools to succeed. My newest and most ambitious project, Liberation Salon, makes that risk feel so rewarding! Coming soon to Culver City, stay connected on social media to keep up with our adventure!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Liberation isn’t just hair. We do excel at that with our stylists having decades of combined experience and training, but we also are focused on other aspects of self care that can sometimes be over looked. We offer a ritual refuge from the harsh outside world. We make sure you are getting back to your best self so you can leave the salon feeling liberated of whatever burdens you may have felt when you walked in. In the future when covid mellows out, we plan to collaborate with other like minded businesses and services; such as Reiki, Sound Baths, Yoga and more! We also pride ourselves with wanting to connect and help support our Culver City community as well, whether it’s volunteering with an organization or finding supplies for those in need.
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.
Are we talking pre-covid or during covid? Oh to think about the before times – going to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl or The Forum, hanging out on the roof top at Margot socializing after work. Although, during a pandemic Los Angeles and its surrounding areas still has a lot to offer! A hike at the Baldwin Hills Overlook or Kenneth Hahn Park, sunset and some take out at Toes Beach in Playa Del Rey. A drive down PCH through Malibu Canyon to Mullholand Hwy ending up in Hollywood is also a neat way to see a different side of LA! A trip out to Joshua Tree is always magical. Enjoy the wide open spaces and sprawling desert beauty. I highly suggest a soundbath at Integratron (book ahead)! Stop by Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum and head to Pappy and Harriets for some grub on your way back to la la land! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Anyone who has supported me throughout my career – my family, friends, clients, lovers + haters!! I wouldn’t be who and where I am today without them!