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Daily Inspiration: Meet Amy Rogozinski

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Rogozinski. 

Hi Amy, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hi, my name is Amy Rogozinski and I am here to share my career story with you. 

Adult life started for me after graduating from Magnificat High School and attending The University of Akron. While at Akron, I played soccer and started my degree to be a strength and conditioning coach. Cosmetology continued to be in the back of my mind but I was not confident I could make a successful career “doing hair”. 

After my first year and some soul searching, I made the leap into cosmetology school. I attended Brown Aveda Institute, a premier school in Cleveland. At first, I did not have much support because I was always conditioned to play soccer and go to college, but I was confident in my decision. I continued to work very hard to be a successful student at Brown Aveda, despite the doubts of others. 

Once graduating and passing the Ohio State Board I began an intensive internship at Stella & Shay Beauty Bar in Lakewood. I learned so much and was able to hone in on my obsession for blondes. While working behind the chair I attended many blonding classes to improve my craft. Shortly after beginning to build my books, my blonde clientele began to rapidly multiply and I knew that was my specialty. 

The most rewarding part of my career is when a client says “this is exactly the blonde I’ve always wanted, but no one’s ever gotten it right”. I take such joy in seeing someone’s face light up when I spin them around for the big reveal. It is the best feeling seeing how confident and happy I’ve made them. I pride myself in bringing joy to others, and I’m able to deliver that through my craft. 

Being able to work in an industry where I am able to be creative and make people feel good about themselves is truly a blessing. It’s never “another day at the office.” I would like to thank my clients who have trusted in me and followed me in my career. I am so lucky to do what I love and build close, personal relationships with people. To everyone who has helped me get here, I thank you. 

I aspire to be a role model and an encouraging presence to anyone who is considering following their dreams. I hope to see you in my chair soon. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Smooth is not exactly the word I would use to describe my journey. There have been plenty of times I thought I made the wrong career choice. 

Starting a beauty career is never easy, in fact, it is super challenging both physically and emotionally. Having confidence behind the chair is something I struggled with in the beginning stages of my career… If you don’t trust yourself, how will clients? Taking pride in my work and furthering my education has given me confidence in myself and my abilities. 

It only takes one client that was not satisfied with your work due to a miscommunication to make you question everything you’ve ever created. I think as stylists we are our own worst critics. Not every client is going to love your work and sometimes you just don’t mesh well and I’ve come to realize that is okay. 

It wasn’t until I went out on my own and decided I wanted to specialize in blondes that I truly started loving my work and took it as a reflection of my own name and not the salon I “worked” for. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Blondes are my one true love. Learning new ways to create different blondes is something I will never get bored of. In an industry that is constantly changing and evolving, you have to constantly be on-trend, or even better, a trend-setter. 

I am proud of how far I’ve come in my blonding abilities and how well I can educate a client into articulating exactly what they want. 

Becoming stagnant as a stylist is a point, I never want to reach so I am always learning new techniques and working out of the box. 

What I am most proud of is my ability to create a lived-in blonde look. Taking a once high-maintenance blonde who was getting their hair done every 6-8 weeks, to giving them the ability to go 12+ weeks is incredible. Along with educating my clients that a healthy blonde is what makes a beautiful blonde and learning important at-home maintenance. Also, being able to give people the “bright” blonde that most blondes want is another thing that truly sets me apart. 

There is no better feeling than when a client in my chair tells me “This is exactly the blonde I’ve always wanted, but no one’s ever gotten it right”. 

What does success mean to you?
I used to think money is what defined success. It wasn’t until I started booth renting/running my own business that I realized, true success in not defined by how much money you make but the passion for your craft. If you are doing what you love, the money will come. Being able to go to work and enjoy what you do, is the true definition of success in my opinion. 

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