We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Blasingame and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
The most important lesson my career has taught me is that we all need people. We need physical interaction, mental stimulation and that money isn’t always what it’s about.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I consider myself an artist. My medium is the human. I style hair and nails to bring forth my clients best. I don’t believe that my art is unique or stands out in a crowd but I do believe that it’s not just about what you see when you leave but about how you feel. I get to make people feel good hopefully great about themselves. I believe that my cosmetology journey has been a paved road with some random potholes. I started this career in my mid 30’s ready to make a huge change in my life. I went back to school. Being an older student comes with both highs and lows. The highs are knowing you are following a new dream and really following through. The lows can be all the second guessing that goes on while perusing this dream. Being a successful stylist can take years. It is terribly scary to not know if you will make enough to support yourself, to put yourself out there, put your creativity out into the world and hope that people will find value in it. I have learned so much in the 7 years that I have been doing this job. One of the many lessons but probably one of the most important is that there are multiple ways to get to the same end result and not one of those ways is the “right” way. This lesson is so versatile because it is so applicable to life. We all come from differing backgrounds and see things differently. How then do you take an idea, make that idea a reality and communicate with your guest in a way that builds their confidence, in you as well as themselves. Another hard lesson is charging what you are worth. It is so unnerving to talk about money. To feel like you have to “justify”your skills and education based on a dollar amount to be associated with said service can and is sometimes the worst part of the job. I would like to see trade professions like mine as worthwhile careers. I don’t just do hair. I don’t just paint nails. My career is about making people feel good about themselves while also keeping them protected and safe. I have saved lives by discovering blood clots, cancerous moles, and talking/listening to depressed souls.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Family because without them I would be lost.