We had the good fortune of connecting with Cori Jacoby and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cori, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks has truly played a huge part in the success of my business. I took a risk going to beauty school. I took a risk by promoting my Instagram and building a clientele while in beauty school. I took a risk when I decided I wanted to work for myself directly after graduation and I’ve been taking risks ever since by truly being myself. I wear what I want to wear, I speak how I want to speak, I play the music I want to play in my salon, I promote/support what/who I want and I think being my authentic self instead of a “customer service” version, if that makes sense, has helped me not only build my clientele but also keep them coming back to me time and time again.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Eight One Seven Salon & Gallery is my baby. I’m so happy to be able to merge both of my passions, hair + photography together as well as support other artists in the process. When I was coming up with my ideas for Eight One Seven, they were big. I think in my last interview, I talked about wanting Eight One Seven to be bigger than me and by that I meant, I wanted to help others showcase their art and music and just be able to be a vessel for these artists no matter what their art was while also being successful myself. No one really tells you how hard it is to build a brand that not only you yourself believe in but that others believe in as well. Social media is such an important tool these days. Without it, it’s very rare that you’ll have a successful business. I was very fortunate to have built a clientele while I was in school which was also not an easy thing to do but I did it and I want other cosmetology students to know that they can do the same thing. You have to dream big and you have to want it and you have to be a genuine person.. I truly feel that I’ve done all of those things. I get asked a lot how I came up with the name Eight One Seven and it really just boils down to I love my city and I truly support other local businesses besides my own. I’ve really made it a point to make Eight One Seven a vessel for other artists to showcase their work whether that be hanging up their art in my salon or playing their music in my salon or reposting their work on my Instagram stories. I truly want everyone to eat. I want everyone to be successful at what they love to do while also being successful myself.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First stop is Eight One Seven Salon, of course. Downtown Fort Worth and the Stockyards are staples/must sees. Some of my favorite places to eat are Brewed, H3, Atico, Taco Heads, and El Paseo. I love the nightlife of 7th Street especially El Chingon. I also love hiking at Sansom Park and Eagle Mountain Park. The Fort Worth Zoo is a must visit as well.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My son, Cohen, deserves all of the credit for everything I’ve done. He is my reason for everything that I do. Without him, I would not have had the drive to go back to school or to work as hard as I do now.

Instagram: @eightonesevensalon

Facebook: @eightonesevensalon

Other: eightonesevensalon@gmail.com

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