We had the good fortune of connecting with Sloane Wormser and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sloane, why did you pursue a creative career?
When I was 18, fresh out of high school, I was completely lost. My family moved from small town Massachusetts to Orange County when I was 16 and those years totally rocked my world. Looking back, it was good for me to be pushed outside of my comfort zone, but at the time I thought of it as completely devastating. I felt depressed, alone, anxious, confused, and clueless. I knew I wanted a good job. I knew I wanted to be successful. I just had no idea where to start. So like any 18 year “floater” I enrolled at the local community college. After a year and a half I felt no change mentally or emotionally. So I decided it was time for a major shift. I knew I loved hair/makeup, I knew it was creative, I knew it wasn’t behind a desk, so I went straight to my own stylist for advice. She referred me to the Paul Mitchell in Costa Mesa… Two weeks later I applied and within a month I was a cosmetology student. I have never once looked back. Becoming a creative is the best thing that has ever happened to me in countless ways!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I have definitely not made it easy on myself to become successful at this job. I moved 4 times in my 20’s and each time had to start from scratch with my clientele. It wasn’t until I decided to plant myself in San Diego that I really took off. Another obstacle I had not even realized was having a boss. I had many limiting beliefs about becoming a sole proprietor. This means I pay the salon a monthly rent instead of commission based. Under these terms, all business responsibilities are now my own. I handle all of my own taxes, have a bookkeeper and CPA, manage all business expenses, order my own products, make my own schedule, book all of my own clients, etc. Never in a million years did I think having all of that responsibility was actually the BEST thing for me. I was finally able to thrive. I went from 25% booked when I started at Raven and Sage, to 100% booked in just a year and a half. Now three and a half years later I’m so booked, I have such a long waiting list, I won’t be able to take new clients until winter of 2021.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego is the coolest city ever. You can be outdoors all year round. You have the ocean, the desert, and the mountains all within driving distance. I would suggest spending a full day at the beach. My favorite are in North County- Encinitas, Cardiff, Del Mar, Solana. Then head down to North Park, South Park or University Heights or Normal Heights for a neighborhood vibe, cute boutiques and the best breweries. Don’t forget all the other little gems like Balboa Park, Torrey Pines Park hike, the Harbor downtown, craft cocktail bars, and so much more!!!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Well, above all is my family. They have always supported me and stuck with me every step of this wild path I have chosen. In terms of business, my current mentor is the Raven and Sage owner, Hector. He has been so integral in my growth over the last 4 years. I have found through moving to 3 different cities in my 20’s, how different each salon/salon owner can be. I knew I had found my home once Hector and I started working together. He is hands-off until you need him; then he is available for absolutely anything you could need. He listens and respects your ideas/opinions. He gives constructive criticism. He goes out of his way to do things for the team (including a trip to Valle De Guadalupe every year!!) He is successful, ambitious, and yet so humble. He’s the best boss I’ve ever had and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the future. Thanks Hector!!!
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