Amanda Zawacki

Amanda started her career at Technology Center of DuPage in Addison, IL. She joined Mario Tricoci when she was 18 as a color technician. In 2014 she became a Color Educator and is currently in charge of six students in addition to servicing guests at Mario Tricoci in Bloomingdale, IL. Amanda is passionate about sharing her knowledge with new Mario Tricoci talent and achieving creative looks. 

Mentor — John Gialluisi



1. Describe the vision of your Trilogy of Beauty presentation.  My vision was inspired by sedimentary rocks layered as you would see in the Grand Canyon. I chose my color scheme from the inspiration of clay and the style helped to showcase the marbled look.

2. How has your mentor guided/inspired you?  My mentor has inspired me to step out of the box. There’s a quote that inspires me every day, “Learn the rules like a professional so that you can break them like an artist” and my mentor has helped to solidify that statement and has taught me not to be afraid to explore something new. My mentor helped instill in me that it is okay to be different and break away from that cookie-cutter mold.

3. What has been the best advice your mentor has given you?  The best advice that my mentor has given me is to just focus on myself and not to dwell on the people around me, or their success. Set goals for yourself and never lose focus. I was told to keep a positive attitude because that will reflect you on a daily basis and is noticed by guests, peers and management.

4. What has been the most memorable moment in your career thus far? The first time that Stephanie and I competed in TrendVision, it was my first attempt at achieving an avant-garde look and I was extremely nervous about the execution of what was in my head translated onto a real model. There were moments of doubt, but I chose to trust myself throughout the process. When I looked at the end result I had an epiphany of all that you can achieve when you believe in yourself, and I could not believe that was something that I produced. Winning fourth place in that competition was such a proud moment in my career.

5. What would be your best piece of advice for future professionals?  I would tell beauty school students that passion for the industry will take you far. Eagerness to learn will drive you to find the artistry in your career. Everyone has their niche so don’t be discouraged if it takes you awhile to find that place, and if you are different than everyone else. Stay true to yourself above anything else, because you never want to be a copy, you want to be an original. Live and breathe your art, and never doubt your creativity. Never stop learning, because when you do, that is when your career will come to a standstill.

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