We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole elizabeth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole elizabeth, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking has definitely been a huge factor into becoming who I am today. Growing up in San Diego California and moving to Los Angeles doesn’t seem like a big step, because it’s less then 200 miles away, but what people fail to understand is that when you get here the progressiveness of Los Angeles as a barber / hairstylist is a bit more intimidating then you might have imagined and because of that alone a bigger city means more people , more people equal more jobs , more jobs creates more money and when theres more money there is a higher turn around! I had to really learn how to take risks to get the place I am today because i realized that if I don’t i will be replaced by someone who wants it more and or I will stay stationary. I think everyone needs to takes risks sometimes in order to get to the next level especially in their career out grow your growth !
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Im a 9 year licensed cosmetologist who specializes in color correction and men’s cutting and grooming . Aside from what I am doing in the shop I am also a educator for product branding and a ambassador for 100s of brands, a Int. Published model and a published makeup artist who specializes in theatrical , fantasy and special fx makeup artistry. Professionally I got where I am today by staying true to my brand and always putting my 100 into everything I do.. I haven’t ever had a hand out I haven’t ever had a easy time getting anything I have and I have always had to work really hard to achieve my goals in which I take a lot of pride in. Personally I think everyone should struggle a bit in order to figure out who they are and what skills they have and can bring to the table. I’ve over come my challenges by always keeping my eye on the prize and by not giving up just because something doesn’t go the way I wanted it to go. I’ve learned many of lessons throughout my career but one of the biggest ones is to always be honest. I remind myself daily to always stay true to my brand and to not be distracted by what the person next to me is doing. Knowing who you are and what you have to offer is very important you need to ground yourself daily in order to be stable enough for other people to depend on you and your services. I want the world to know that I am who I say I am and that I am passionate about all that I do and for those I do it for!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
the locations I personally suggest to seek food drinks and nightlife that I think people should visit and hang out in where you will have fun and meet interesting and exciting people are West Hollywood, Hollywood, silver lake , echo park and downtown Los Angeles.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Of course besides all the brands I work with on a day to day basis and the support of all my family and friends around the world I would love to give a huge recognition to my hair home at shorty’s barbershop in West Hollywood ca ! I have finally found a shop that’s provided the care flexibility and growth I feel I need to be the best stylist I can be, but also the support has been un real and i am beyond grateful to be apart of our talented team!