We had the good fortune of connecting with Madison Cothran and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madison, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Growing up, I was never exceptional in any subject in school. I longed for recess and after school where I got to braid my friend’s hair, and test out the new lip smacker’s lip gloss our mom’s had gotten us girls at the store the weekend before. Once I got into high school however, I discovered all of the beauty creators on YouTube. I felt like a kid in a candy store! I couldn’t wait until after school when it was time to go home, and try out a new makeup look. I never found a hobby that i enjoyed doing during my childhood, so that made it difficult to connect with others. However, once I found hair and makeup, I knew that was my passion. I was finally able to express myself with something other than words. I felt truly beautiful. And I knew that I wanted to spend my life giving others the confidence that I had experienced.
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.
I am the owner and stylist of Wild Soul Hair & Co. I am located in Suite #16 in Rockwall Salons about 20 miles east of Dallas. What sets me apart from other stylists is I believe that our time together, whether that be for haircutting, coloring, extensions, or makeup, should leave my client feeling inspired and the most confident version of themselves. I believe every single human being is beautiful in a way unique to them. My job is to create a unique and customizable experience for each client that sits in my chair to give them the best result possible for the service they have booked me for. I am most proud of myself for achieving my dream as such a young age, and pushing to make the next day better than the day before. I, like everyone else, faced extreme challenges during Covid-19. I was attending Cosmetology school during the pandemic. To no fault of the school, just the circumstances of a global pandemic, I did not feel as though I had learned enough to be able to open my own salon suite right outside of school like I had hoped. I was down on myself and felt as though I had already failed. Once I graduated, I took a job as an assistant where I learned so much invaluable skills from the stylist I was shadowing. After a few months, I decided to take the risk of opening my own business with no clientele right after a global pandemic. Scared was an understatement. However, I knew this is where the Lord meant for me and my life to be. I put all of my trust in Him. I wake up everyday and believe that the Lord will provide, and he does. With a lot of faith, and a lot of hard work, you can achieve your dreams.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Did you even come to Texas if you didn’t indulge in some barbeque?!? While nothing beats my stepdad’s homecooked barbeque dinner, Pecan Lodge comes pretty close! It’s definitely a must try! Some of my other favorite places to eat around town include: Serious Pizza, Plucker’s Dallas Grilled Cheese Co, Rodeo Goat, Ellen’s, The Rustic, and Fuel City Tacos! I also really like to go to any of the rooftop bars in Dallas to eat, drink, and take in the beautiful view of the Dallas skyline. My favorite activity is to head over to Fort-Worth and two-step the night away at the Stockyards!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I truly believe that without the constant support of my family and friends, I would not be where I am today, However, there’s two people that I would like to shoutout by name. The first, is my Father. This man taught me what true kindness and compassion is. Being a single dad of two daughters was no easy feat, but man, did he make it look that way. There was never a day, even now, that I walk this Earth not knowing how loved I am. That is all because of my Father. You see, he taught me probably the most important lesson there is in life. There’s going to ups and down in life, that’s just how it is. You cannot control the circumstances around you, but rather how you respond to it. He taught me, to respond out of love, kindness, and compassion. So Dad, thank you.
The second person is, my best friend, Sarah Jane. Sarah Jane is just one of those people that you meet and your life is immediately better for it. Sarah Jane took a risk hiring 16 year- old me to help her do bridal makeup for her business, Simply Sarah Jane, and we both truly never thought it would turn into a beautiful friendship we have now. She is the one that pushed me to go into Cosmetology as my full-time career. She is the person that sometimes knows me better than I know myself. Sarah Jane is my best mentor, cheerleader, and supporter. I am forever grateful to have a best friend as good as her.
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