Where the Jobs Are: Stylist Takes Hair Flair to White House

Johnny Wright talks Michelle Obama and business of beauty

What career advice do you have for someone just starting out or considering your profession?
Be open to every opportunity. Of course, at this point in my life I have to have a business mind. I have to understand what I’m worth and what I need to do to keep myself afloat. But at the end of the day, be passionate about what you want to do and don’t worry about the money, because the money will always come. I never worked questioning “How much am I getting paid?”

Always remember you are an artist and you are in a very intimate place with these women so you need to be very careful and very sensitive with that. [A stylist] can be just as close with these women as their [doctors]. To be given that space and to be given the opportunity to be connected to so many people in your chair is something you need to hold with great value.

Do you suggest that a stylist have an agent if they want to get to your level?
Absolutely. You wouldn’t know the work was there unless you had one. You need to find an agent. Research it. There are a lot of hair and makeup agents out there. If you are having an issue of finding one, a lot of them are connected through modeling agencies. If you get your self an agency you’ll start getting booked.

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