I grew up in a little town called Dundalk in Baltimore, County, Maryland. I’ve always considered myself lucky to grow up in a neighborhood where everybody knew everybody, and everyone looked out for their neighbor. When I reflect on my younger years, (like when I was in school), I remember all of the fun that I had hanging out with my buddies, and taking on new activities. Whether I was competing for the middle school wrestling team, or performing in school plays, I was always striving to do whatever it was the best way I could. Of course I wouldn’t have been able to do any of those things with out a supportive family.
I probably drove my parents crazy at times, having to always push the envelope, but they always supported my choices. I can still hear my mom saying: “Irvy”, (that’s what she called me sometimes, Irvy) “If you’re going to do this, make sure you do it right!” My mom’s advice always came from a sincere place. Mom was always there to foster my creativity and help others. I suppose that is why I’ve always wanted to help others too.
I started out in the hair business 25 years ago. Over those years, I’ve studied trends, and worked hard at keeping up with the latest technology so that when my client climbed into my chair, they knew that when they climbed out, they would be not just happy, but excited! I feel an enormous sense of pride when I create something that makes someone else feel good about how they look. When I began teaching, and doing platform work, I really found my niche’! On the stage or in front of the class, I could both create and foster others to be the best that they can be.
There is nothing better than that moment when someone says to you: “Thank you, this totally helped me!” When I help my students perfect their skills, it is a great day, and I can go home at night with the satisfaction that I not only did something that I wanted to do, but I did it right. Mom is proud.