Meet Mathew Landis – salon owner, entrepreneur, coach, interview by April Benincosa, Utah franchisee for Image Studios 360. April has four locations under her management in Utah, serving over 130 salon professionals. Image Studios 360 provides modern, luxurious salon studios at affordable rates. We believe in our core values of CREATIVITY FREEDOM & SUCCESS and our goal is to elevate the beauty industry to new heights with our education, support, and platform that enables people to easily open their own salon without the risk or investment it takes to open a traditional salon. We’re a beauty incubator that helps people reach new heights through salon ownership. Find out more at www.imagestudios360.com.ccess.
Image Studios 360 empowers people like you to take the leap into salon ownership – realize your dreams by joining the IMAGE team today!
Create the Space you have always wanted!
Image Studios 360 was designed for industry professionals like you, making it possible to have your own salon and be your own boss. Our concept is simple: we provide an incredible space and atmosphere – you bring your passion, talent, and clientele. Together we create an intoxicating formula for success.
IMAGE Studios® empowers people like you to take the leap into salon ownership – realize your dreams by joining the IMAGE team today!
Enjoy the Success You Deserve
Let’s face it – we’ve all worked our asses off in this industry for many years, and now it’s time to enjoy the success you deserve by enjoying the freedom of owning your own salon. The traditional salon business model is a dying breed (and a difficult one to survive with), while the Image Studios 360 business model paves an affordable and safe way to open your own salon without all the risk. Isn’t it time?
Meet Chelsea Jamet – A stylist that loves being her own boss and has been in the business for over 15 years! Since her start at Image Studios 2 years ago her business has grown into a space of beauty and hair.
So Chelsea, why did you choose Image Studios? – I love being my own boss! Being able to work my own schedule with my clients schedule helps them get a great look all the time. I love having my own space to be creative in a driven environment. Most other business owners can be problems to deal with but I love the creative freedom I have with my business at Image Studios.
Well said! So when did you know this was the career for you? – When I was young I remember going with my mom to get her hair done and watching the stylists every move. I was fascinated with her technique and knew that was the career for me. I even would practice on my dolls!
Then in high school I would cut all my friends hair in my basement, thinking back now though I can’t believe they trusted me! But I guess I was doing good because there were never any catastrophes!
That is hilarious! What would you say is your favorite part about your job? – The people. Ask any of my clients I am a talker and a great listener. I love working directly with people and I love that in my field of work I can just listen and turn some ones crummy day into a great one! My clients are now family to me.
Lastly, what is your beauty philosophy? – Take care of yourself inside and out. I enjoy helping people express their outer beauty and I really think that correlates to a wonderful inner beauty as well.
Love that. Chelsea what is the best way for people to reach you? – Call me at 801-380-3757 or come into my salon and we can chat and make an appointment!
Thanks Chelsea Jamet!
Meet D Sandoval – A barber who walked into his first barber school class and immediately knew this was the job for him! Years later he owns his own barber business with Image Studios and has a growing business he loves!
So D, how long have you been in the barber business? – After barber school I have been cutting for about 2 years.
And what motivated you to get into this business? – On my first day of walking into The Barber School I immediately pictured myself doing this. It is a fun career that I get to meet new people in every day!
That’s exciting! So what keeps you passionate about your job now? – The thing that keeps me passionate about my career is the connections I get to have with people. I get to meet so many interesting people and hear about their lives. I also enjoy that amazing moment when they look in the mirror and love their haircut. Knowing that they are walking out of my shop feeling more confident is the best feeling.
Well said D. What else do we need to know about you? – That every single haircut I do I have my own level of standards. I do not settle for less and I want each haircut to be perfect.
Thanks D Sandoval!
Meet Ericka Dowsett – Creative and dedicated hair stylist who has been devoted to the beauty industry for over 10 years. Ericka desires to learn and expand her talents while continuing to keep up with the hottest trends.
So Ericka, tell us about the moment you knew that this is something you wanted to do? – Well I have always loved the beauty industry, but I knew this is something I wanted to do when I was younger dressing up my brothers and sisters and doing their makeup. As I got older I started working on friends and grew from there.
And how long have you been at Image Studios? – About 3 and a half years.
Why did you choose Image Studios? – I chose Image Studios because of the environment. I love having my own space where I can express my creativity in a higher end salon! Also being my own boss is pretty great too!
What would you say is your “Beauty Philosophy”? – I believe your hair should be one of your finest assets, it should complement your style and be an expression of your inner self.
What is your favorite thing about your job? – Making women look and feel beautiful and giving them a confidence that radiates from the inside out!
Any awards or accomplishments you want to tell us about? – I believe you must continue to expand your education. So I stay current with the hottest trends by attending Hair & Beauty Showcases, Business Training, Fashion Shows, as well as variety of specialty classes taught by some of the industry’s leading educators. I have had advanced training in Hair Color, Cutting, Texturing, Business Training and Product knowledge.
Thanks Ericka Dowsett!
Meet Jasmine Borla – A Licensed Massage Therapist who has been excelling for 15 years. Studying at Healing Mountain Massage School and at the University of Utah has lead her to starting her own business (Blue Zinnia) with Image Studios.
So Jasmine, tell us about Blue Zinnia? – The goal of Blue Zinnia is to provide peace in our fast-paced, over-stimulated world. I understand first-hand what it’s like to be spread too thin and I want to help people take a breath, get centered, and come back to themselves.
Tell us about the moment you knew this was what you were meant to do? – After working in the stressed-out corporate world for nine years I knew I needed a change of pace. Coming back to massage full-time has been so rewarding, I love working in a healing environment and helping people take a break from the world.
What areas did you study at Healing Mountain Massage School? – I studied Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Craniosacral, Prenatal, Sports Massage, Reiki and Crystal Healing.
What did you study about at the University of Utah? – I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a minor in Sociology.
Very impressive! So why did you choose Image Studios to help you run your business? – Image Studios is a turn-key solution. The concept makes it easy to run my own business without a lot of the hassles and headaches of a stand-alone spa/salon. I love that I can make the space my own. It’s my little piece of heaven and I love sharing it with my clients.
What studio are you in? – I am in Studio 126!
Meet Pauline Anderson – A passionate master stylist in suite 104 the Fort Union Image Studios. Pauline has been in the hair industry for over 26 years including being a teacher at a local beauty college and serving as a Cosmetology Board Member.
Pauline how long have you been in the industry? – Nearing 27 years.
How long have you wanted to be a hair stylist? – As long as I can remember, I even gave my first long haired doll a haircut!
What would you say is your favorite thing about what you do? – I would say my favorite thing about my job is the industry and the awesome people I get to meet every day. The people I have met throughout my career are some of my closest friends to this day.
Tell us about any awards, accomplishments, or things you are proud of during your career? – Well in addition to working behind the chair for many years, I taught Beauty College, then served as a Cosmetology Board Member. After that I helped create the State Board test for graduating Cosmetologist.
That’s amazing! So how long have you been at Image Studios? – 7 Months.
Why did you choose Image Studios? – It is literally the best choice for stylist. I love the freedom to set my own schedule with clients and I love having control over my own space. I have the chance to create an environment that I can thrive in!
Lastly, tell us about your beauty philosophy? – I love the privilege to help people look their very best. To see someone change their self-worth and by showing them how to enhance their positive attributes is an amazing opportunity!
Meet Jess Parkinson – Salt Lake City hairstylist in studio 121 who is making a name and career for herself. She graduated top in her class and won a fantasy competition in 2014 for her hair. She is also a color specialist and a nail artist that is dedicated to each clients beauty.
What’s the name of your business? – It’s called JMarie
How long have you been in the business for? – Coming up on a year!
Tell me about the moment you realized this is what you wanted to do? – Actually growing up my mom was a makeup artist! So I have always had a desire to work in the beauty industry, you could say it’s a part of me. When I was 19 and wondering what direction I wanted to go with my life my friend mentioned I should go with my passion in hair. I jumped right on it and little did I know that I would grow into it and love what I do!
So how did Image Studios help you with your dream? – With pretty much everything! I love Image Studios because of the location, convenience, management, and freedom I have with my studio.
What is your favorite thing about your job? – My clients! They have become some of my best friends!
What’s your beauty philosophy? – Be you! Whatever that may include, just be you! You are beautiful!
Meet Angela Ortega – An accomplished stylist located in studio 103 Draper. Angela has been in the industry for 21 years and has been running her business (Extend Your Beauty) with Image Studios for about 5 years now. We got the chance to talk with Angela and to learn more about her.
What is your favorite thing about your job? Seeing how excited people get as I transform their hair, it’s a very rewarding career.
When did you realize that this is what you were meant to do? I have always done hair and make-up for my friends whenever they had a school dance or photo shoot. Then one day my friend told me I should sign-up with her to attend beauty school….. she dropped out and I stayed in and loved it!
So why did you choose Image Studios? I love that it’s your own business and you have your own room to decorate how you want. I also really like the location -I’m at the Draper studios because it’s right off the freeway.
How long have you been at Image Studios? I have been with Image Studios for 5yrs.
What is your beauty philosophy? Each and every client is different. Give clients what they want to achieve and everyone’s happy!
Tell us about any awards, accomplishments that you have had with Cosmetology? I have had two photo shoots featured in hair magazine’s and I am one of the top extension specialists In Utah.
And last question, if you could have any super power what would it be? To snap my fingers and appear wherever I need to be.
If you would like to get in touch with Angela to book an appointment you can reach her at (801) 358-6531
Meet Mandi Black – master stylist and instructor located in studio 102 at Image Studios Salt Lake City. She began her career in the beauty industry in 1999 and has been working professionally for almost 16 years. We asked Mandi a few questions below so we could learn a little more about herself and her salon:
What do you love about the beauty industry? What I love the most about choosing a career within the beauty industry is the confidence gained by my guests with a great service. It’s pretty awesome that I can have a such a positive affect on their attitude and self image. Empowering a guest with proper hairstyling tips and makeup techniques is a great experience. The way we portray ourselves to the world is a big part of how we feel about ourselves. If we look good, we feel good.
What are your specialties? My specialties include Haircolor, Haircutting, Bridal/Specialty Styles, Hair Extensions, Makeup and Brow Shaping.
What are you passionate about? Continuing education in this very progressive industry has always been a passion of mine. I began as an In-Salon Color Coach where I brought back the latest information and techniques to my fellow stylists. I worked my way up to Education Director where I coordinated all the education for the salon and stylists. I was then promoted to Salon Manager where I learned many skills to help me in my transition to salon owner.
What are you proud of? I am very proud to say I hit my 3 year anniversary as salon owner last December.
In February of last year I was a Featured Artist for a RAW: Natural Born Artists production. At the end of the year I made it to the Semi-Finals (Top 3) for RAW: Hairstylist of the year. I am very thankful for the opportunity I was given to showcase my work and see other talented artists do the same.
What do you feel your clients love best about your services? The Stress-Relieving Scalp and Shoulder Massage for sure. I worked for an Aveda day spa for many years. There I learned the value of massage, essential oils and relaxation. I strive to create a comfortable and relaxing environment and love to pamper my guests.
What’s the best way for clients to book an appointment with you? Clients can easily book with me online at Schedulicity.com.
View some of Mandi’s latest work:
If you haven’t had the chance to see the beautiful Image Studios South Jordan, you can now take a virtual tour from the comfort of your own computer or smartphone. In these virtual tours you can see the setup of several single studios, double studios, as well as our entryway, client lounge, and hallways.
Our very own Matthew Landis is a regular on Good Things Utah, and is the stations official hair stylist. To view the original article click here.
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