We had the good fortune of connecting with Karen Varela and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karen, how do you think about risk?
I know it sounds a bit cliché to say but it’s a big reality…. without risk there is no reward. I learned a long time ago that I had to take risks to be able to accomplish anything close to what I had in my mind I wanted to achieve. I had, and still contribute to have, big goals and visions for my career. Building a business was the second step. The first step was taking the risk. I always saw “security”, in terms of a guaranteed paycheck, as a lock on a door between a room with a roof or the outside where there were no limits. Sure it’s scary, sure i would go through nights tossing and turning wondering if I could do it. But there was only one way to find out. Now that said. I also know I had to be smart about it. So I always say risk should not be blind. If someone is going to take a risk make it a strategic risk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always said, the judge of art will always be taste but the judge of craft will always be skill. The industry we’re in, though many consider it and art, before anything is a skill. Can we be very creative? Absolutely… But we also must have a strong foundation of the skill of our industry. We’re not only there to “create” something when we work with a client. But we have to have the ability to “re-create” it over and over again. In our industry clients are looking for quality but also consistency. Our commitment to both is what’s built the reputation we are known for. Has it been easy? Of course not. Why? Because it requires endless hours of continuing to train and improve on out skill to be able to offer the quality our clients look for and expect. This unfortunately is not a common thing in our industry. But it’s a reality that if you master and strengthen the “skill” the “artistry” is the easy part…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without a doubt would have to be my husband Mike. He has been such an inspiration to me and showed me what is possible when you take risks. He was the one who broke of from his previous “job” at what is considered by most to be the most prestigious hair company in the world to start his own business. He founded The Kingly Hair Group and now together we’ve been able to grow it to where it is today. I think it’s both of our restless minds and ambitions that created that bond between us and driven us through to today. We feed off each other and when he has ideas of growth and I’m not sure of what to think I see his faith in not only the vision but in God. And that is all I need to believe. I believe in him but even more WE believe in God. And that is always the deciding factor for us.
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