BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2 - (Page 26)
Beauty Changes Lives Recipient
Pursuing More Accolades
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Avenue Five Institute
Robert is a prolific journaler and loves
the arts. He has a strong interest in the
local and natural foods movement.
a 2014 graduate of Avenue Five
Institute in Austin, Texas, has cultivated a taste for
competition. The winner of a 2013 Vidal Sassoon
Professional Beauty Education Scholarship
Program tuition scholarship, Miller has set his
eyes on winning a PBA Beacon Award this summer.
Presented during PBA Week in Las Vegas each July,
Beacon awards provide the nation's most promising cosmetology students with opportunities
to network and learn from premier stylists and
Earning His Stripes
Miller completed his 1,500 state-required hours
in about 11 months while also working at an allnatural food cooperative. In addition to school and
work, he continued to explore his creative interests
in film and journaling, while preparing to take
his State Board Exam. "It's a little bit daunting to
realize the test pool includes 2,000 questions from
which 500 questions will be selected, but I'm feeling
really good about the exam," he said.
Winning the Beauty Changes Lives Vidal
Sa ssoon Professiona l Beauty Education
Scholarship Program in 2013 opened Miller's eyes
to other opportunities that exist for professional
development, including the PBA Beacon Award.
He said the staff of Avenue Five Institute were
instrumental in encouraging him to apply for both
awards, and he believes mentors at the school
level can play a strong role in boosting a young
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"I had a phenomenal mentor in Terri Christian who
encouraged me to apply for the Beauty Changes
Lives scholarship shortly after I enrolled. She was
always around to offer her advice, encourage me
and motivate me to try taking it to the next level,"
he said. He also credited Avenue Five Institute's
Director of Operations Teddy Romero with encouraging him to see the value in reaching for additional
awards. "Teddy helped me see that PBA Beacon
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is a very worthwhile competition not just for the
honor, but for the publicity, networking opportunities and added credibility the award offers to new
hairstylists," he said.
Miller is also encouraged by how his family's
support for his career path has strengthened since
winning the scholarship. When he spoke with
BeautyLink last summer after winning the competition, he noted that some of his family did not
consider beauty as a serious career choice. Miller
has chosen to educate them about the opportunities available in the beauty industry and his sincere
passion for the career. "I've talked to my family and
loved ones about all of the career possibilities and
kept them appraised on my career. They know that
I'm proud and excited to be following this career
path and are supportive of my goals," he said.
Looking to the Future
Speaking of goals, Miller is focusing his sights
on careers in the production and entertainment
arena. He is networking with professionals in the
entertainment field as well as union authorities.
The popularity of fantasy-themed productions is
especially appealing. "I'm intrigued by fantasy
themes and am encouraged by the popularity of
Game of Thrones and other fantasy productions,"
he said. "One of the best things about this industry
is all of the different career opportunities available.
I'm exploring all of the possibilities, but work in
the creative production area is definitely on my
Hopefully a PBA Beacon Award is on his horizon, too.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2
Message From the Aacs President & Cea Chair
The Workings of Washington
Creating a Recipe for the Future
Voices From the Trenches
Creating Harmony in the Classroom
Living an Integrated Life
A Student’s Perspective
And Then There’s Compliance
This Hairstylist Is on Fire!
Keeping the Enrollment Funnel Flowing
Beauty Changes Lives
Battle of the Strands
Cyber Liability and Data Security
Plagued by More Delays
Voices From the Classroom
Launching a Blow Out Career
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Distributors
New School Members
Upcoming 2014-15 Events
Index to Advertisers
BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2
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