We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Nixon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, how do you define success?
My answer to this has definitely changed over the past few years. I think if you had asked me this in 2015 I would have seen it as solely career focused with my answer including a big title, big paycheck, lots of travel. But my view on success has definitely changed after going freelance and working on my own brand. I love the flexibility it offers me, and the ability to be available for my daughter who is now 16 and will soon be off to create her own life, is priceless. I see success now as having the time to be in the moment, make my own schedule, and answer only to myself. Working for yourself is brutal sometimes, but the benefits far outweigh the struggle.
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.
I fell into the beauty industry by accident. If you had told 18 year old me that I was about to spend 20 years working in professional hair, lil Nicole would have LOL’d. I had no plan but I was certainly not planning on dropping out of college to go to beauty school. But, that’s what happened.
I worked behind the chair for several years and took a break to have my daughter. Life as a single mom forced me re-direct my career as a working stylist to a corporate role in professional hair focusing on education training & development. I have been so lucky to work for some of the biggest professional hair companies world wide, including Sexy Hair and DevaCurl. I’ve traveled all over the US and Canada, met incredible people and developed more skills than a college classroom ever could have taught me.
But in 2017 I was fired from what I thought was my dream job. It was a humbling experience to say the least.
So, I had to pivot quickly and started consulting, helping companies create or reimagine their education and branched out into branding, marketing, social media and art direction. I re-branded and re-packaged (myself and my clients) and I fell in love with the freedom of the freelance life.
When Covid hit and we all had tons of extra time on our hands I felt like it was the universe telling me to do what I had always wanted to, which was create a legit brand for myself. So I did. Now I’m helping creatives build dynamic brands and create their own education to grow their business and encourage community.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Everyone needs a hype woman like my daughter. She is always there to push me to keep going when I may want to give up. She’s just the best.