We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberly Cannon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimberly, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
I am the most happy when at the end of the day, I feel I brought my best effort to whatever I did. I feel happy after a day with my son when we have connected and spent quality time exploring and learning together uninterrupted. I feel happy after a day of work where my clients all felt great about themselves and the way they looked, because I listened to them. I feel happy spending the day taking care of myself, where I have worked out, read a book, and shared a nice meal with my husband.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a hair colorist, my art is displayed in every day life on the many clients I see each day. I am most proud of the relationships I have built with my clients, I strive to create a safe space to relax, feel taken care of, relieve stress and hopefully feel beautiful – filling them up with the self-confidence they need to conquer the many amazing things they do in their lives. I ultimately have gotten to where I am today, through hard work and willingness to learn. I have always been open to learning new skills or at least trying them. It was not easy and I am exhausted a lot, but I try to always stay positive and enjoy how fun it can be. I am naturally risk averse, however I do know if you do not take risks you do not grow. Without mistakes to learn from I would not have evolved. Taking risks has helped me narrow my focus, learn what I don’t love and hone in on exactly what I want to achieve. Physical and mental health are very important to me and I hope I can impact others to take care of themselves and the world around them. I want to impact the world on a personal level, making a difference in the clients I see and the colorists I mentor. I want to feel accesible to anyone starting out in the industry to look up to and ask questions.
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.
I recently have moved to Philadelphia and am still exploring the area myself. Some of the places I have loved so far include; Visit: The Barnes Foundation Elfreth’s Alley- adorable street in Old City Rescue Spa Fairmount Park/Boathouse Row loop Eat: Zahav Double Knot Drink: K’Far La Colombe Graffiti Bar One of the things I also am loving about Philadelphia is how accessible it is to the suburbs and nature. It is worth a trip out of the city to visit places like Linvilla Orchards and Longwood Gardens Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The team at the Mark Ryan Salon- New York, together we supported and mentored each other. While there, I learned the true meaning of working as a team, there was no competitiveness and I strongly admired the talent I was surrounded by. I also recently read Jen Atkin’s “Blowing My Way to the Top” and really have taken into account her story and advice as I am paving out my future.
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