Regency: Tell us about your career path since you graduated, and what your goals are for the future.
Schreen: The more I learn the more I want to know! The longer I work behind the chair, the more I realize that there is so much more I can do in this industry! My ultimate goal is to buy a salon, learn everything I possibly can about the industry and salon ownership, and then go back to Regency as an educator so I can teach the students there to be successful!
Regency: Is there a particular service you like doing more than others?
Schreen: I’m absolutely crazy about color! I love experimenting with highlights, low-lights, or under-color to jazz things up a bit. I love cutting hair too. I always look at people and visualize what type of style I could create for them.
Regency: What is your favorite part of your job?
Schreen: There are so many things I love about what I do! One thing I’ve learned about this industry is that you learn something new every single day. The woman I work for has been in the business for 26 years and I love to pick her brain and learn from her. I also love meeting new people, and I love that I have the freedom to make my own schedule.
Regency: How did your education prepare you for your career?
Schreen: The educators at the Peoria campus were always reminding us to practice, practice, practice! They made sure that we understood what we were being taught. I felt so comfortable asking questions anytime. I loved the opportunities we had to hear guest speakers, see demonstrations and meet salon owners. If we wanted extra help with something or needed more hands-on or demonstrations, all we had to do was ask and they went out of their way to provide that for us.
Regency: Do you have any advice for current or future cosmetology students?
Schreen: My advice for people who are thinking about going to cosmetology school is “Just do it!” I literally woke up one day and decided that I was going to go to cosmetology school. That day I drove to Regency, took a tour, and fell in love! I started a month later. I always wanted to be a cosmetologist. Now that I am, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
For current students, I’d say a few things:
- Do not expect to walk out of school and know how to do everything. I thought that the day I graduated I would just be an expert! It’s okay to ask other stylists for their opinions or help.
- ALWAYS ask your educators “Why?” Pick their brains! No question is stupid.
- There is money to be made in this industry – but it takes time. Are you going to make $50,000 your first year out of school? Probably not. You have to prove yourself to your clientele. But once you get it, you’ve got it!
Regency Beauty has not made and will not make any guarantees of employment or salary upon graduation.