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

Hi Katie, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
In the beginning of my career I slaved and worked whenever I could. Recently I’ve stepped back from so many hours behind the chair. Over time I’ve realized I need just as much time for myself to be continuously re-inspired and produce my best work.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from others is my passion and expertise to help enhance a person’s individuality and how they want to be perceived. I focus a lot on skin tone, face shape and style so I can bring the best version of them out through hair. I’m most proud of the time I take to listen to what my client wants, but also confident in what my eye thinks will look good on them. The biggest lessons Ive learned all came through the power of self awareness and letting go of my ego to learn how I can grow and get stronger personally and professionally.

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?
A day at the beach or a picnic overlooking the ocean at Palisades Park, ordering the best deli sandwiches from Bay Cities. A Happy hour at the Calabra rooftop at the Proper hotel for happy hour and cocktails or a night out in WeHo at Laurel Hardware or Ysabel.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents for setting the example of hard work and entrepreneurship for me. Reagan Luck, Jesica Brody Valerio, Zac Watson, Jamie Tyler Fritz for making me fall in love with hair and learn the importance of goal setting and structure. Jay Olson and Danielle Walker for inspiring me to take my craft to the next level and grow up. All of my past assistants for teaching me patience and what it means to be a leader.

Website: www.katieleighstevens.com

Instagram: katieleightstevens

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