We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelsie Daily and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelsie, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is always going to be at least a little nerve racking but you have to take risks in order to elevate your life. If you stay stagnant in the same place, you will get the same results. I always think about risk taking as a new opportunity to learn from. I always say, if you’re passionate about something and take a risk within that passion, there’s no way it won’t work. I believe you have to put your all into the risk to get what you want out of it. Taking risks has always been a huge part of my success and reaching the next level. I know that taking risks got me to where I am in life and in my career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My creative world consists of doing hair behind the chair and also working on editorial shoots and fashion shows. I’m from a small town in Northern California and my dream was to come to LA to do what I love-hair. When I dropped my whole life and moved to Southern California I didn’t know a single person in LA. Luckily, my parents lived close enough (without traffic) to LA for me to move in with them until I had my foot in the door and could find an apartment in LA. I had my interview with Luxelab Salon, which I had been eyeing for awhile, and that night I received an email that they wanted to take me on as an assistant. I drove 5 hours in traffic to get there every morning for a month and then found an apartment in LA where I could settle down. I just knew I was going to do whatever it took to make this work and that was that. I went through two years of advanced education in their program where I then earned my own chair in the salon. Luxelab has been there to help build me from the ground up along with constant support from my parents. This was not an easy journey at all, but if you want something bad enough it doesn’t matter how hard it is to get to your end goal. I’ve learned so many lessons along the way as I continue to grow behind the chair and in my personal life. Staying consistent, humble and always hustling are my number one rules I follow. I’m so excited to see what my career and life continues to offer me as I have so much fun on this journey.
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.
If my best friend was visiting the area I would take her to my favorite spots that I try to visit on my days away from work. I would take her to Venice Beach where there are so many creative things happening and so many interesting walks of life to learn from. Walking along the beach or riding a beach cruiser along the beach is one of my favorite relaxing things to do. I would then take her to eat and drink in Malibu for a fancy dining experience. One of LA’s many amazing hiking trails is a must at some point. I also really enjoy the Culver City Stairs which is a great workout with an unforgettable view at the top. We would then hit West Hollywood for a fun and party like atmosphere at night. This would be my ideal itinerary!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my mom, dad, boyfriend and the owners, partners and educators of Luxelab Salon. Thank you for your endless support, encouragement and love. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you all!
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