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Continental School of Beauty
comes from a family with a very
artistic background, from beauticians to painters and
architects. They've always been the type to want to
create. As the middle child of three, growing up she
was considered "nerdy" in school. She knew everything about video games, and even collected books
about how to create video games. Her love for them
led her to choose her first career path. She obtained
an associate's degree in graphic design - but she
found beauty school.
OLIVIA LUSK, 24,
BL: You earned a degree in graphic design
and then decided to attend beauty school.
What led you to that decision?
of Beauty, Rochester, NY
Area of Study:
October 8, 2014
July 8, 2015
Video games, dog hiking,
working out, drawing
Olivia: Before graduating and getting my degree,
I researched potential employers. It seemed like
I was one of millions who wanted the same job.
Competition was very high and travel was a must.
After looking at the qualifications needed to proceed in the concept artist industry, I found myself
at a loss...Knowing that I needed at least five
more years of school and three more years of an
apprentice program, I looked away from the glamour of the game industry and focused on myself.
I moved around a lot and worked low-end jobs.
When I finally settled down in Rochester, New
York, I started pursuing other goals. I'm the girl
with crazy hair, and I always colored and styled
it myself. Living in Rochester's open atmosphere,
added to the many compliments on my hair and led
me to beauty school. I decided I was done learning
amateur things from You Tube - I was going to
learn how to do it all.
BL: What is your favorite part about beauty
Does your school have a
student you'd like us to
interview for a future
"A Student's Perspective" in
BeautyLink? Write to us at
Olivia: My favorite thing about beauty school is
coloring. Not only because I always have colorful
hair, but because there is so much more to it than
just looking at a swatch and saying, "I want that." I
love the creativity that comes with color. I'm fascinated that a few highlights can brighten someone's
overall look and make them glow. I love changing
someone's hair from blonde to a rich chocolate
and seeing how their eye color pops...Just a small
color transition can make you feel like a whole new
person, and that's what I love about color. After my
guest sees the work I've done, they always leave
smiling, constantly touching and looking at their
hair in the mirror and saying, "I don't know how you
did it, but I love it!" The science behind color also
makes it that much more satisfying. I love suggesting color relationships.
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BL: What do you want to do after obtaining
Olivia: I plan to work at a salon that allows open
creativity and constructive criticism. I know I won't
always have guests that want something that I suggest, but I want to be the person that provides them
the best experience that they have ever had. Overall,
I want to be able to work in a positive working environment where I can always grow and learn from
my co-workers...eventually, be that person that other
stylist can look up to.
BL: What has been the most difficult
concept to master in beauty school and
why? How did you overcome the challenge?
Olivia: What I found most difficult in school was
cutting. With cutting, there's no reset or undo button. Once you cut, there's no going back. My teacher
could tell I was worried that I would not be comfortable and simply told me, "All you have to do is
try, and you might be surprised." I found comfort
in that advice. The first day of learning cutting, I
learned three cuts and practiced them at least three
times each. I paused before each cut thinking, "No,
this is wrong. Comb again." Finally, I looked at my
mannequin in the mirror and said, "You know what,
it's fine if I chop your hair off. I'm learning." Once
I let my guard down, I finished all my cuts that day
with great feedback.
BL: What is the best advice you've received
about the industry and profession?
Olivia: The best advice I received came out of beauty
school. All of my teachers and guest speakers say
that once you get out of school, you have to keep
learning, whether it's new techniques, products or
something else. If you do not push yourself to learn
in this industry, you're constricting your image. If
you want to be the person who can do more than the
basics, and you keep learning, you'll turn into that
beautician that can do it all.
BL: What advice do you have for people
who want a career in the beauty industry?
Olivia: Always stay positive and true to yourself.
If you have the passion for this industry, do not let
anyone get you down, especially yourself. Learning
beauty is not a one day thing - it is something you
will take with you the rest of your life. You will
receive what you put into this career, so if you only
put in a little you will only get a little back. If you
give it your all, you will find yourself doing things
you never thought possible.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 3
Message From the Aacs President and CEA Chair
CEA Annual Convention & Expo Preview
Event Recap: 2015 Spring Executive Retreat & Financial Aid Workshop
AACS’ New State Relations Program Advisor
And Than There's Compliance
Fall’s Top Nail Trends
Beauty Schools Aim to Bring New Life to Nail Tech Programs
A Student's Perspective
Beauty Changes Lives
People & Places
New Products and Services
Associate Member Profiles: Nail Specialty Companies
New School Members
Upcoming 2015 Events
Index to Advertisers
BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 3