Today we’d like to introduce you to Sharle Kochman.
Sharle , please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Just a brief bit of info, I started my career as a hairstylist back in Maryland/dc metropolitan area in 1998. I never went to hair school, I was able to assist Diego Paez at Art and Chemistry salon, in order to get my license.
In 2001, I was San Diego bound but ended up in Denver Colorado because our RV broke down. I lived and worked in Denver CO as a stylist in cherry creek and in 2002 I got hired with Sebastian international. Sebastian’s headquarters is in woodland hills and I would fly out twice a year for training. Then I would teach salons, in my territory the new techniques and styles of that particular season.
In 2006 I moved to Los Angeles and was hired as Cristophe’s assistant of Cristophe Salon in Beverly Hills. Things really took off. I got to travel with the Eagles on their farewell tour as there hair and makeup artist from 2006-2009 and was allowed to continue my clientele in Denver.
As of now, I work at Cristophe part time and fly to Denver every 6/7 weeks to take care of my clientele. Starting in September I will be working in San Francisco for a couple days every few months.
Has it been a smooth road?
No! As anything, I’ve had lots of ups and downs, many challenges. I was fired from a job that put me in a dark place for a while. I truly feel that success does not happen without failure. I know there will be more challenges in the future but it will only teach me to be a better person.
When you look back, what are you most proud of?
My proudest moment would probably be when I got a picture of me cutting Joe Walsh’s hair in Rolling Stone magazine. They were doing a spread on him and one Of the pictures they chose to print happened to be him getting a trim in his kitchen, the picture is pretty funny. Honestly, I just got lucky but I do think that Rolling Stone is the most iconic magazines of my time.
Every story has ups and downs. What were some of the downs others might not be aware of?
Nothing in life ever goes as planned. I got fired from a job that I gave a lot up for. It put me in a dark place and was a struggle to find my confidence after that. That saying, “where one door closes and another one opens”. That other door opened very slowly.
What’s your outlook for the industry in our city?
Los Angeles can be a great place. It is not easy, you have to be a hustler with thick skin. Sometimes I think I am too sensitive for this city, especially working in Beverly Hills. But, with hard work a lot of patience and a little luck you can be very happy. One thing I think the city can improve on is more help with business licensing and loans and ease back on permits. It’s ridiculous what you need a permit for, my friend just opened a skin care storefront and he needs a permit to put a plant in front of his window. Also, paperwork takes forever!
- Pricing varied as to which city I’m working in and how long I’ve been seeing my client.
- Beverly Hills haircuts start at $175 for women and $100 for men.
- Phone: 3102740851
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @sharlekochman
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