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

Hi Jermaine, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued a creative career, because, I’ve always loved to create. From a young age drawing, painting, creating have been a great outlet for me. I tend to get lost in my own world creatively. I was a bit of a nerd through high school. You know, marching band, art club. Competing in local, regional and state art competitions. I tried all I could in college. But, without the funds to continue I stopped going. I still love visual arts like painting, drawing, sculpture, etc… Because of that. I still utilize the same principals in designing tailored haircuts for my clients.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a hairstylist at Form Hair Salon and Education. I am also their Director of Education. I started my journey at the age of 13. My grandmother was a hairstylist in The Philippines where she was from. And continued her career here in the states. After dropping from college. And being homeless for a time. I was encouraged to get my license by one of my best friends. Fast forward to 2010 I graduated from Paul Mitchell the School, San Antonio. I immediately went back to get my license as an instructor. Then spent the next 6.5 years honing my craft and embarking on a life of learning and teaching. 5 years ago, as I was figuring out how to transition out of Corporate schooling. I was scouted by my friend Whitney Haynes. I’ve built a great clientele. Established connections I couldn’t imagine. And am providing a life for my wife and children I’ve always dreamed of. Over the years I’ve learned that one of my philosophies couldn’t be truer. To teach us to learn. Anything we may be passionate about, we can learn more about. Simply by sharing what we know with those willing to be open minded and ambitious enough to receive. We can do literally anything we want in life. As long as we become dedicated to patience, and changing our mindsets. When we stop saying “ I can’t!” And start believing we can. Perspectives definitely change.

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.
This is a little hard for me because I’m a bit of a home body. But, if my best friend were to visit. I definitely would want to show them a good time. My wife and I love Asian dining. Anything from Vietnamese to Thai. So I would most likely take my friend to our not so hidden little gems. We frequent a n area in Carrollton off of Old Denton road. We dubbed the Asian corner. There are lots of great shops and restaurants. Our staples are (1) Too Thai Street eats, for some of the best Thai in our opinion. They actually make it spicey. And the Papaya salad is fantastic. On the opposite side of the highway. There is an awesome Korean BBQ/ Hot Pot spot called Omi. Be prepared to smell like food after a night there. If you’re looking for higher end digs. I hear the Monarch downtown, at the Thompson is great. I don’t drink, so I don’t have recommendations for places to get a drink around town. Unless you’re looking for Boba Tea shops or sweet stops. Lol! I can definitely show my people with children around.

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?
I’d love to dedicate this shout out to my late Grandmother, Iglesia Mendoza. She was the love of my life. A shining example of kindness and selflessness. I attribute my passion for hair to her. For her hard work setting the example as a hairdresser I admired from a very early age. I love and miss you dearly Lola!

Website: Formhairsalon.com

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