“Honesty, patience, creativity and hard work are the keys to a career as a successful stylist,” says Taylor Herbermann. Taylor is a stylist at Genesis Salon in Suwanee, GA, and a graduate of the Keune Academy in Atlanta. This 360-degree stylist creative genius also excels in retailing and prides herself on mentoring others.
1. Describe the vision of your Trilogy of Beauty presentation. Edgy Elegance. As a stylist, we do everything to stand out differently. Whether it’s the everyday attire, night out on the town, or even crossing the line. Simple but with slightly off-scale. The sleekest look can have the most painful background.
2. How has your mentor guided/inspired you? My mentor has guided me to never lose track of my goals and use the abilities that I have learned to achieve them. I was taught to start with one idea and with that idea create an entirely new look and vision. As a stylist, when my mentor is bouncing ideas off me, it makes the vision come to fruition in my hands and our ideas become one.
3. What has been the best advice your mentor has given you? Never lose track of who you are as a stylist and as a person. Something so simple can have the most elegance to it; never be afraid to cross the line.
4. What has been the most memorable moment in your career thus far? I try to develop a relationship with every client to further my career and enrich our social lives. One client in particular that I have had serviced for the past three years recently was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. This was not only devastating for my client, but devastating to me as well since my father is also going through chemo and radiation for his stage IV cancer. She broke the news to me and I was there to help in any way I could. To this day I look forward to our appointments, interactions, and any way to elevate the situation she is faced with.
5. What would be your best piece of advice for future professionals? Never lose your vision of who you want to be as a stylist and to always set goals, long-term and short-term. “If you have a dream, you have everything. If you have everything and no dream, then everything means nothing.”