We had the good fortune of connecting with Linda Quach and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Linda, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I’ve always felt like when risk were not taken, you become complacent after awhile and than you lessen the ability to grow. In order to grow and move forward with anything in life-whether it be career or personal the outcome will always point you in a direction that you are intended.
For example: I took a huge risk starting my own business right at the start of a pandemic, however I had a lot of very supportive family and clients. I always had 2-3 back-up plans before I decided to take a big risk. I’ve had my ups in downs but they have either become some really hard earned lessons, a stepping stone, & most importantly have become very rewarding in many ways.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art form is doing hair. I am a full time colorist. I am able to intertwine, chemistry, color theory, & having my client be a wonderful canvas.
I’ve been doing hair for over 14 years. It was a lot of trial and error. I was able to over the years cultivate my craft on friends, family, & clients as well as working in every environment of a salon you could ever think of (boutique, high-end, the list goes on). I learned over the years that have lead me to building and having my own small creative salon. Being a hair industry official is a combination of talent, being able to create really great relationship with your clients and keeping your skills on a constant.
I was always taking continuing education and being challenged by clients and friends to mimic their dream hair. There is also different faucets of hair-styling, hair extensions, wigs, & cutting. It NEVER gets boring and with perfection/great skills comes with lots of repetition and practice!
Every once in a while, you’ll have an unhappy customer and there are so many variables on what could go wrong. Unpredictable hair color, personality differences, the list goes on. I’ve learned over the years that communication and consultation is very important and sometimes it’s okay to make mistakes so that you can learn from them. I think that is what has helped me become a really well rounded artist.
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.
Some of my favorite spots in the city:
Toe Bang – a really awesome korean dive bar in KTOWN with the BEST food.
Eggslut – Breakfast sandwhiches gahhhH!!! so good.
Cafe: (huge fan of going to cafes and reading/catching up on work)
Cafe KoroBokgur – a whimsical gnome theme cafe, great drinks and food
Bohdi leaf- Mocha frapps are the best
Requiem Fantasy Cafe – I’m a huge nerd and if you’re into anime/videogames/DND this is your spot. It’s otherwordly
Places to hang out:
ROUND ONE: Traditional Japanese claw games ON CRACK and all the arcade games.
I’m basically a giant kid. Forever.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My ma & pa (Sophia and Young) As a first generation Asian- American female. My parents both escaped civil war to the states to provide not only them but my brother and I an opportunity to live a good life with goals. They have always supported and pushed me to be my very best but to always stay humble and really be thankful for everything that I have.