Alumni Spotlight: Mark P.
Hello Guys! My name is Mark P. and I graduated from The Salon Professional Academy Appleton in April 2015.
I knew I wanted to be part of the industry because I was doing creative work before my cosmetology career. I was a fashion stylist and worked on fashion shoots, so being exposed to hairstylists let me see a new avenue of creativity and income. It was the next best step in creating my life how I wanted to live. I never wanted to leave fashion, but I knew dressing people wasn’t going to be my money maker unless I moved. I didn’t want to move away from this area. I still don’t, but I needed to start the next path to success in my professional life. HAIR became my baby and I couldn’t have been more fulfilled.
I am now taking my abundant amount of energy and my passion for pushing people to their next greatest potential to elevate the industry in a win-win kind of way! I have created my own business where I will go to cosmetology schools, independent salons, hair show circuits, and individual stylists to build the human first which will, in turn, build the business. Our industry is always preaching to positivity and personal growth. We see this from the most popular hairstylist with the most followers out there. I love that they are using their platform to spread joy, but we need more concentration and structure as to how the stylist absorbing that joy really takes time to work on themselves. I loved being behind the chair, but I found that my purpose in this industry is to focus on the human side of the business. “BETTER YOU, BETTER US” is the core of my program.
Why are you passionate about this industry?
My passion for this industry lays in the place of ever-changing and never-ending. I don’t love restrictions on creativity and growth. This industry has LIMITLESS potential! You want to be 65+ and still doing hair? YOU CAN! You want to be in the pages of Vogue? YOU CAN! You want to teach barbering on Instagram? YOU CAN! You want to educate the future of our industry in cosmetology schools? YOU CAN! You can do whatever you want within this industry. You have to work really darn hard, but it will put you where you want to be.
Where did life take you after The Salon Professional Academy and what has your journey been like since?
Life after The Salon Professional Academy took me to Anagen 11. I was a full-time hairstylist there. My out of the box creative mind put me on the Creative Team. In 2019 I got to create a schedule for the year of our creative shoots. It came from a place of building on our skills, pushing ourselves, and creating fun creative work. Anagen shoots all our marketing in house. What you see on our screens is our work. It is an amazing outlet to be able to flex the skills of session hairstyling. Listen, I would love to win a NAHA! Don’t think I won’t. I may have started a new business, but my creative side will ALWAYS be part of me. YES!
Tell me something that you learned about yourself or the industry (or both) from attending school at The Salon Professional Academy?
While in school I took a lot away. I was actually an apprentice before I walked into the doors of TSPA. I had some elevated skills, but not a lot of the fundamentals. It was so great to be able to learn square one applications and techniques. Understand different facets of the industry. Finding out about limitless potential came from cosmetology school!
I chose The Salon Professional Academy as my school of choice because it is the most on-trend, progressive, inventive, and brand supported school in my area. Redken is a legend within the industry. To have that brand back up your school, you know you’re in the best place to foster growth.
How did TSPA APPLETON help shape you into the stylist you are now?
While at The Salon Professional Academy I won an opportunity to work with the Global Creative team at Redken’s Symposium in Las Vegas! I loved creating for photoshoots to begin with, but it was there that I got a taste of behind the scenes hard work, creative minds supporting each other, and to witness what time and hard work can lead to. I was able to learn from people who lived in Italy, Germany, the USA, and Australia. It was one of the brightest spots in my career. SAM VILLA let me assist him for a bit! Guido Paulo had released a styling line that year. Being on the fashion team for the symposium, that’s what we got to work with. We created runway looks and faux bobs, and hair that inspired creatives. IT WAS INCREDIBLE!
It was so great to represent The Salon Professional Academy of Appleton, WI on a grand stage. At the end of the artist’s big hair show, they all walk out on stage in front of 10,000+ stylists from all over the world. I knew at that moment that I belonged in this industry more than ever.
What are some of your professional goals?
CHANGE THE INDUSTRY FOR THE BETTER! I feel it in my bones baby. It is time to take us to the next level of what is expected from this industry. Time to connect, collaborate, give education opportunities more often, work on the human side of the stylist, so we can keep growing and finding success. Live Lively will do that. My business will set new standards from a place of care. I don’t want to tell you that you are bad. I want to compliment and help you realize more of yourself. Any point in your cosmetology journey can welcome Live Lively. Just starting? Let me help you navigate and find your vision. Ready to quit? Let me help you find that passion again and teach you personal growth skills to keep you going. Own your own business and can’t see how to reach the next level of growth? Bring Live Lively into your salon to help nurture growth and support what you have. Need some motivation? I HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH TO GIVE!
What advice would you give someone contemplating going to cosmetology school?
Wanting to enter this industry? Do it if you want to be challenged in building yourself creatively and learn a knowledgeable skill set. Want to say you have a career without going to a traditional education system? This is where you can do it. Don’t do it if you want an easy out. Our industry deserves respect and demands it. Being a cosmetologist is so fulfilling, but comes with so much hard work. Hard work that ALWAYS pays off. We are more than a curl set and covering grays. We are chemists, salespeople, educators, your new best friend, and beyond. If you want a lot more than a traditional education go see Michaela the Admission Director at TSPA. Feel that energy of creative and limitless potential!
LIVE LIVELY is what is next. It’s the industry disruptor! It’s the industry’s change in energy! It’s the connection we should have as an industry! We should remain, individuals, because that’s what makes you your own star. We should, however, be open to connecting to each other to support educational support. Be able to offer consistency to a client who has to move out of state and has to find a new salon. LIVE LIVELY is a new standard for yourself, your client, your career.
Thank you so much for bringing me in as a spot in the Alumni Spotlight! I got to reflect on my time spent in this industry and see how far I’ve come. It felt so good and brought great energy to my momentum!
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I couldn’t be where I am today without The Salon Professional Academy starting me off on the right foot. I am beyond honored to have that school as a starting point. If you live in the Fox Cities area, or willing to drive in for a career, go to The Salon Professional Academy! IT WILL BE WORTH IT! Love and respect for the current students getting after it to grow a career. YOU ARE THE NEXT BIG THING!
LIVE LIVELY + LOVE
Mark H. Plowman