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

Hi Kristina, how do you define success?
This is actually a really great question. I think success is a lot like love. Everyone’s idea of it is different, and there is no right or wrong answer. In my opinion, you are successful if you are happy and reaching your goals. I consider myself to be successful because I am currently living the life I once dreamed of.

Success is also not finite. It’s an ongoing journey, morphing and changing with your growth. What you consider to be successful today might not be success in 5 years. To gain success, you must be uncomfortable. Never settle! You fail when you stay stagnant. Always look for ways to improve and be a better person than you were yesterday.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When people throw around the term self-made, I believe I truly am. I struggled getting into cosmetology school from the ages of 18 to 22. Your parents are required to sign the forms for your financial aide, or you can’t go. Unless you can afford to pay out of pocket of course. I ended up finding a loophole, thank goodness. I used to tour cosmetology school after cosmetology school, just to be broken hearted in the end. I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life.

Nothing else compared. It’s truly my passion. I believe that shows through in my work. I truly enjoy what I do, from the bottom of my heart. I love creating art, I love connecting with people, and I love the camaraderie that comes with the industry. I often say that you have to have a really deep passionate love for this career or you simply won’t make it! I’ve learned so much about myself through this career. Building a business is very challenging but more than worth it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My wife and I have really been trying to explore Dallas the last couple of years!

I’ve lived here my whole life but I’m a little sheltered lol! There are definitely some standout places I’ve discovered. The Westin Hotel is a MUST-stay. We especially love the corner room. So many windows, such a gorgeous view. Nick & Sam’s is an amazing experience and decadent food. North Park is such a cool experience for being a mall. Throughout the shopping center, there are absolutely gorgeous pieces of artwork displayed. If you stop to take a look around, there are a ton of conversation starters.

Also, I know it only comes around once a year but it’s worth mentioning. We get season passes to the Texas State Fair every year! There’s so much to do, and you truly get the essence of Texas. We go at least 5 times in the 3 short weeks it’s open, and that’s truly not enough. I wish it was open year round. The food, the live music, the rides, and car shows, the animals, I just love everything about it!

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?
Honestly, I have to shout out my wife. We met a couple of weeks before I started cosmetology school. She was completely supportive then, and has continued to be supportive through the years. I started school over 10 years ago, so it’s been a journey. My wife is one of the most hardworking people I’ve ever known. She manages 3 different print shops and puts her heart and soul into it. She puts that same amount of heart and soul into what I do. She supports me in every way she can. Like sweeping my salon when I don’t have time to, and making all of the marketing materials like business cards and window vinyls. She’s the best, and she deserves some credit for how far I’ve come. I wouldn’t be here without her.

Website: Kristinajobehairartist.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/kristinajobe

Image Credits
Jessica Worley at Jocund Photography

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