We had the good fortune of connecting with Yolande Carson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yolande, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I like to create I suppose. Art was my favorite subject in school. Composition, color, balance …I’m very visual. I started singing and playing guitar when I was young. Was in a rock band in High school, ….I wanted to be a rockstar or actress! But hairdressing chose me I guess. I was good at it and could easily earn a living while playing in a band.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
There are so many avenues to pursue in the beauty business! When I started out, we learned everything. I did nails, waxing, facials. Hairdressing, was these amazing cuts and these fabulous up styles. I don’t see too much of that now. Setting hair in rollers or perms…..many young hairdressers choose not to learn but I think that’s a mistake. I can do make up and hair and that got me a lot of jobs starting out. I’ve worked hard to educate myself in all areas of business, which is one thing they didn’t teach us in school back then! We didn’t have Utube or Social Media….It was all word of mouth and making personal connections. That’s key for me. That’s how I built my business. It wasn’t easy and I did make mistakes. But I was never afraid to ask for help and I love a challenge! I opened my first shop during a recession ,…. 30 miles from where I was currently working ,and told myself, well, If my clients don’t follow me, I’ll just get new clients! I was never afraid. I had to make it happen. One way or another.
I guess the biggest lessons I’ve learned are 1) I’m not perfect and people will accept me as I am 2) Don’t expect others to have the same work ethic as you!
My brand, my story? I’m a true renaissance woman. Beauty is a concept . Anyone can cut your hair, but it takes a special talent to create a concept. I tell my clients, “I’m here for you” Over my career I’ve seen a lot . I’ve done a lot. I take nothing for granted and appreciate all of it!
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’d spend a day or two at the beach! Malibu,…. El Matador. Breakfast or brunch at Dukes . Drinks or dinner at Paradise Cove , toes in the sand!
Go for a hike in Griffith Park, visit Ferndale. maybe do a picnic ,and check out the Observatory!
Downtown is the place to hang out now. The Arts district has amazing restaurants and galleries. Check out Little Tokyo , MOMA.
Spend a day at the Broad museum. Visit Grand Park and eat a the food trucks.
See a band at the Ace Theater, roof top drinks. Or the Music Center for a show and eat at the brasserie downstairs Kendalls.
I’m old school Hollywood! The Egyptian Theater has a Noir movie festival. Yamashiro has amazing views of the city ! Musso and Franks for a martini and a steak….people watch!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Do I have to name just one? There are so many who have contributed to my story. One who deserves recognition is Annette Natividad (and her Husband Rick Natividad)