We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessy Graham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I believe there is some level of risk in all decisions. I would advise taking low risks when it comes to my livelihood. In my career one of the biggest risks was to go from employee to my own boss many years ago. That decision was relatively easy for me to make because it was taking a risk on myself. I would bet on myself when it comes to hard work and being a solution finder. Lets face it, in entrepreneurship there are challenges you can’t prepare for. I take pride in learning from these challenges. Recently, I took a risk when relocating my salon and adding a secondary location. These changes had added costs for doubling supplies and scheduling hurdles, but the reward of being accessible to a larger population, and having one of those locations near home outweighed the risk of change. It has paid off.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Growth in my career has been important to me since I began in high school. No matter what life changes has occured I also stay up to date on the latest trends and tecniques in the industry. My favorite thing is when a guest sits in my chair and says I’m looking for something new. Then I get to let the artist in my come out. What sets me apart is I contemplate each guests hair texture, face shape and lifestyle to get them an updated look that compliments their features but is realistic for their day to day life. Today I am at a place of still growing my brand but very content with having my two locations and faithful clients. This is a personal business and I feel honored to give of myself for each client. I plan several times a year to teach and to be taught in events and classes. My favorite part of it is connecting with and the mutual uplifting of our hairdressing community. .
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
My favorite Coffee Shop for socially distanced relaxing and conversing with a cool vibe- Inclusion Coffee in Arlington. I love the avocado salsa and ceviche at Mesero in Legacy West. The fountains there are pretty to watch if you can snag the patio. I’m a karaoke fan and love the DJ at Parkway Tavern and Grill on Saturday night. A plave where the locals go thats welcoming to newbies.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My faith in Jesus has been a cornerstone in the trials and resets in my life and business. I feel very appreciative of my parents for always supporting my dream of being in this industry from when I began in high school and opted not to go to college. My mom has loved on my kids while I work, and my dad has helped me many times over with his contracting/handyman skills. But greater than that is my parents have shown me that hard work and good ethics pays off. There are so many hairstylists friends that have made an impact in my career that has spilled into my personal life- I will forever be connected to them no matter where our lives take us.