When Vanessa Rene's salon was forced to shut down due to the pandemic, she was heartbroken and nervous for the uncertain future ahead. But, Vanessa didn't let the pain of closing her shop stop her, she pushed forward and is now happier than ever in a new role with more freedom. She also utilized her time off during the pandemic to give back to her community and raise funds for over 70 freelancers. Now Vanessa rents a chair at a salon and uses every day as an opportunity to learn and grow from her peers, making her a better and more passionate stylist.
"There's inspiration everywhere, all you have to do is look closely. Mostly, I find that the people you surround yourself with are going to lift you higher."
Victor Quispe surrounds himself with uplifting, positive people because he knows how important that energy is to his creative pursuits. He has learned to master the atmosphere of the barbershop so it is conducive to success. His 11-year career has been full of memorable moments of creative connection with his clients and friends.
Fredo Olan wants to leave something behind that's bigger than himself. Through the barber college founded by Fredo and his wife, he is able to mold young barbers into true creative professionals that use their skills to make the world a better place. He instills in all his protegees a passion for the craft and a desire to make others feel good about themselves. He is inspired by his family to be a better version of himself every day.
Barbering gives Victor Esparza a chance to learn every day. He has gone from being a reluctant barber college entrant, to a role model and ambassador for people in his community. He has learned how to balance his profession and the people who are important to him, and is on a mission to help others discover what they can give to the world.