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

Hi Emily, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
For a long time, there was no work-life balance. For a few years, it felt like all I did was work. I’ve been cutting for about 5 years now and I am just now starting to find my balance. When you’re in charge of your own business it’s really easy to overwork yourself so you have to make time specifically for yourself so you don’t get burnout. In the beginning, I would go long periods of time without seeing people in my life that I would normally see multiple times a week. After having almost no balance for a few years, I started taking more time to take care of myself and to spend time with the people who are important to me.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Something that sets me apart from other professionals in my field is that I’m dual licensed, meaning that I have both my Barbering and my Cosmetology licenses. When I was in Barbering school I learned a lot about clipper work and when I was in Cosmetology school I learned a lot about shear work, I feel like together these skills have brought me to where I am in my field. Getting where I am today was not easy, it involved a lot of overtime and extra practice. I not only had to put in extra work with my haircuts but I also had to put in a lot of extra work with my social skills. I’ve never been a confident person and talking to strangers was always something that I had a hard time with, making it difficult for me to see 12+ people per day. After some time it started to get a little easier, but it took a few years of pushing myself outside of my comfort zone for it to be comfortable. The biggest lesson I’ve learned during all of this is to be patient, the skills that I’ve developed didn’t happen overnight, it took a lot of building to get them where they are now.

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.
I would have to take them to Doc B’s for dinner and then head over to a cool speakeasy called Bodega West 7th for drinks. Sundance Square is a great place to hang out, enjoy live music, or even go shopping. Of course, I would have to take them out for dessert at Chip’d so they could get some hot cookie nachos.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shout out Angela for teaching me everything I know about cutting hair. She’s an amazing barber and an even better educator. She was always very patient with me any time I learned anything new and always encouraged me to take on more difficult tasks.

I’d also like to shout out my boyfriend Trevor. He has always been supportive of me and my dream and has always helped me as much as he can.

Website: https://getsquire.com/booking/book/mynt-barbershop-westworth-village/barber/emily-claunch/services

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Other: Location: Mynt Barbershop 6635 Westworth Blvd Suite 105, Westworth Village TX 76114

Image Credits
Samantha Cooper

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